FIVE gold medals, two national records and one national qualifying time.
It’s just your typical swim meet for Orange’s Will Baker.
The 17-year-old had a good day in the water at the 2013 NSW Multi Class Championships in Sydney on Saturday.
He won the 17 years S6 50 metre, 100m and 200m breaststroke, the 50m butterfly and the 200m individual medley.
On top of that he broke the 17s years national record in his classification (S6) for the 100m and 200m breaststroke events with personal best times.
His 100m time of one minute 46.61 seconds bettered the previous national record of 1:48.82 by more than two seconds.
In the 200m breaststroke, he destroyed the previous record of 4:04.59 when he stopped the clock in 3:51.18.
His times in these two events were personal bests and he swam another in the 50m breaststroke (48.99s).
Baker’s 100m breaststroke time was fast enough for him to qualify for the national open event.
He has now qualified for the 100m breaststroke, 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m IM for the open national championships, which will be held in April next year.
But he’s not done yet.
He also wants to qualify for the 200m and 400m freestyle, the 50m butterfly, 50m and 100m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.
That’s 11 events on his ‘to-do list’.
And that’s is why he’s pleased with his results from Saturday, but isn’t getting carried away.
“I feel different to most people because there’s so much more I have to do and so much more I want to do,” Baker said.
“That’s a hell of an achievement, but there’s so much more work to do. We’re not there yet.”
Baker is also part of the Road To Rio program, targeting athletes who could represent Australia at the 2016 Paralympic Games.
He spent the last week of his school holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport, putting in long days and tough sessions, but he said he learnt plenty from it.
At home, he’s in the pool five times a week and doing two sessions at the gym under the guidance of coach Peter Archer.
He’ll be back in the water on Sunday at the Orana Aquatic Carnival in Dubbo.