A stunning swim by Ella Hodgson (S16) has seen the UWA West Coast swimmer prevail to win gold in the Girls’ 11-14-year 100m Freestyle at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide.
Her victory, with a point score of 932, marked her sixth title of the competition – and third of the day – after also collecting gold in the individual medley, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle events over the last two days. Norwood’s Isabella Vincent (S7) – swimming from lane 0 – claimed the silver medal, while lane eight’s McKinley Arnison (S8) from Lismore Workers scored the bronze.
SOPAC’s Oscar Stubbs (S13) took the top honour in the Boys’ 17-18 50m Freestyle Multi-Class event on Monday morning, adding another medal to the five he’s already attained. Touching in at 25.30 and earning him a point score of 771, Stubbs beat out rivals Jarrod Dyer (S14) from Wollongong and Bailey Stewart (S14) from the Uni of Queensland.
Woogaroo’s Poppy Wilson (S10) continues to prove she’s one to watch after securing her fourth and fifth gold medal of the meet. Already achieving titles in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, Wilson hit the pool for the Girls’ 15-16-year 50m Backstroke, edging out fellow opponents Alicia Goodwin (S8) from Brisbane Jets SC and local swimmer Sophie Pontifex (S8) who hails from Norwood.
Less than an hour later, Wilson also finished on top in the Girls’ 15-16-year 50m Butterfly Multi-Class. Dashing home in 34.59 with the highest point score of 473, the talented youngster beat out Hornsby’s Ava Sayyadi (S10) and Alicia Goodwin S8 from the Brisbane Jets SC.
After recording a silver medal in the Boys’ 11-15-year 200m Individual Medley Multi-Class earlier in the morning, Toowoomba Grammar’s Henry Reardon went one better in the Boy’s 15-16 50m Backstroke Multi-Class. Emerging Reardon clocked 32.28 with a point score of 551 to finish ahead of Dylan Logan (S15) (Geelong) and Alexander Killender (S10) (Kilmore). Only 11 points separated second and third, with Logan narrowly taking the silver, 491 to Killender’s 480.
SLC Aquadot’s Alexander Tuckfield (S9) has been crowned the new champion of Boys’ 11-14-year 100m Freestyle, after successfully beating out Revesby Workers’ Lachlan Hanratty (S14) and Rackley’s Lewis Bishop (S10). This result was Tuckfield’s third national age title of the meet, while Hanratty picked up silver and Bishop bronze.
In the final race of Monday morning, it was Joel Mundie (S7) from Central Cairns who claimed the gold spoils in the Boys’ 11-14-year 50m Butterfly Multi-Class. Coming in a close second was Rackely’s Lewis Bishop (S10), while Hanratty featured again in third place – marking his fifth medal – comprising of one gold, two silvers and two bronze.
Stayed tuned to www.swimming.org.au throughout the day, as more finals from the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships kick off this afternoon at 4pm.
IMAGE: A swimmer from the Norwood Swimming Club competing at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide.