Members of the Stroud Seals Swimming Club have returned with a fist full of medals from the recent regional competition, along with a long list of achievements.
With a team of 10 swimmers, the Stroud Seals took on the North Coast Regional Swimming Championships, held in Coffs Harbour late last month.
The swimmers enjoyed great weather and a really well organised carnival.
In particular a number of new swimmers competed for the first time.
The senior swimmers achieved good results with the club bringing home four gold medals, five silver and two bronze medals.
Raff Francisci won gold medals in the 50 metre butterfly, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
Silver medals were won by Robert Stanley in 200m breaststroke, Grace Gray in the 200m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke, as well as Raff Francisci in the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly.
Bronze medals were awarded to Grace Gray in 50m breaststroke and Robert Stanley in the 100m breaststroke.
The club’s junior swimmers excelled in achieving numerous personal bests (PB).
Congratulations to newest competitors Jacob, Caleb and Claire Whitter who all acheived significant PBs.
Jacob took a whopping 4.67 seconds off his 50m freestyle while Claire reduced her 50m freestyle time by 1.66 seconds and her 100m freestyle by 4.67 seconds.
Caleb Whitter made big reductions of 6.7 seconds and 3.01 seconds to his 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke times.
Not to be outdone, Angel Gray reduced her 50m freestyle time and 50m breaststroke time by 2.63 seconds and 0.29 seconds.
Additionally, Angelica Francisci and Hosanna Gray swam 50m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and achieved PBs in all these events.
Clarence Town swimmer, Jade Smith, as part of her ongoing improvements this season again achieved PBs in 50m butterfly, 50m freestsyle and 50m backstroke.
Jade, who trains with the Seals, but competes in swimmingat Clarence Town has improved her times significantly over the past six months. Jade swam PBs in her 50m butterfly (1.45 sec), 50m freestyle (1.23 sec) and 50m backstroke (0.38).
Her steady improvement reflects her dedicated training and increasing fitness and strength under coach Michael Abel.
Michael is working on increasing Jade's stroke rate and her cardiovascular fitness.
Senior swimmer Jeremy Edstein, who took time our from training to concentrate on HSC exams, swam a number of both long and short distance events and made his PBs.
Jeremy swam strongly and was pleased to make his target times.