Do you have your voice back yet?
It’s been one week since the State Teams Championships took place at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra which saw 281 athletes battle it out for bragging rights.
Now in its 11th year, State Teams is the only event on the national swimming calendar that affords athletes the opportunity to swim for their state. This concept continually brings swimmers together and helps create memories that will stay with athletes throughout their career. The comradery witnessed is unlike any other event, with chants, cheers and unrivalled energy from all participants.
This year’s competition introduced a new honour to the ranks, the L.M Nugent Trophy, awarded to the champion team, named after former Australian Dolphin Head Coach and current State Head Coach WA, SA, Leigh Nugent. In 2008 the vision and determination of Nugent resulted in the addition of State Teams to the swimming calendar the following year, developed as a way of providing competitive swimming in a team environment for emerging athletes.
Topping the points tally, Queensland became the first state to receive the L.M. Nugent Trophy, followed closely by New South Wales and Victoria placing second and third respectively. The event saw ten individual State Teams records broken as well as three relay records.
For full results from the event click here.
State Teams is now considered the pinnacle of national age swimming for Australian athletes. It takes an individual with a strong vision and technical knowledge to develop a competition that impacts a sport in the way that State Teams has impacted swimming.
State Teams has become a breeding ground for international swimming champions, with 68 athletes progressing from these very waters to the Australian Dolphins Swim team. Twenty-three athletes have swum at the Olympics and one at the Paralympic games. Within the 2019 World Championship team, 17 of the 26 Australian athletes were State Teams alumni. Multi-class was included on the State Teams program for the first time in 2018, with four athletes going on to swim at the World Para Swimming Championships in London earlier this year.
The event wouldn’t be possible without the vision of Nugent and the support of Swimming Australia’s dedicated partners including Hancock Prospecting, Sport Australia, the AIS, arena and Bio Island.
State Teams Records
- Individual Records
- Boys 16-17 400m SC Freestyle – Thomas Hauck - 3:45.76
- Girls 15-16 200m SC IM – Tara Kinder – 2:11.50
- Boys 16-17 100m SC Backstroke – Thomas Hauck – 52.97
- Girls 15-16 200m SC Breaststroke – Tara Kinder – 2:23.13
- Boys 16-17 200m SC Backstroke – Thomas Hauck - 1:55.32
- Boys 16-17 200m SC Freestyle – Thomas Hauck – 1:47.33
- Boys 16-17 400m SC IM – Thomas Hauck – 4:14.78
- Girls 15-16 100m SC Breaststroke – Tara Kinder – 1:07.43
- Girls 13-14 100m SC Breaststroke – Misha, Wierzbowski – 1:10.24
- Boys 16-17 1500m SC Freestyle – Matthew Galea – 15:13.74
- Relay Records
- Boys 17 and Under 4x200m SC Freestyle Relay – Queensland (Bailey Coleman, Sam Short, Cooper Ritchie, Thomas Hauck) – 7:14:00
- Girls 15-16 4x100m SC Freestyle Relay – Queensland (Ella Ramsay, Mia O’Leary, Mollie O’Callaghan, Georgia Pendergast) – 3:40.16
- Boys 14-15 4x100m SC Medley Relay – Victoria (Brayden Miles, Yanning Zhang, William Petric, Stone Ma) – 3:43.82