Nelson Bay Swim Club at State Championships

15 year old Buckley Ingram with his Bronze Medal for the 200m Breaststroke at the State Championships.
15 year old Buckley Ingram with his Bronze Medal for the 200m Breaststroke at the State Championships.


NELSON Bay Swim Club were represented by seven swimmers at the recent State Championships held at Homebush from 14-19 December with two of the Bay’s swimmers competing in the finals.

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Buckley Ingram (15 years) produced significant best times which resulted in a bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke and a 5th place in the 100 breaststroke in a tight race in which half a second covered most of the field.

Ingram whose success to date has been over the shorter distances dropped seven seconds off his time for his bronze medal swim, surprising both himself and his coach Tom Davis.

“We made a couple of adjustments to his race strategy after the heat knowing the bronze was quite open, and he then executed the plan perfectly.” said Davis.

Ingram now has 4 months until the nationals in Adelaide where Davis believes he can drop plenty more time. “He is only scratching the surface of his potential, he is a very exciting prospect.”

Lachlan Sandy (17 years) also swam in two finals the 100 metre and 400 metre freestyle.

Hallam Ingram, Eve Crowe, Kalia Chadwick, Annabelle McKenna and Catalina Labra-Knox also competed at the championships with mainly pleasing performances, says Davis, “between them there some very encouraging swims but we have plenty to work on in getting them up to where I would like to see them which is getting through to the finals.”

Early in the new year Nelson Bay will host their annual carnival at the Tomaree aquatic centre which will feature top quality fields.

The majority of the best clubs in Sydney will be competing which will feature plenty of Australian Representatives.

Then it’s the NSW country championships in February before Nationals in April.



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