Jets fly to pointscore runner-up prize, City of Orange claims point average title

Jets Swim Club returned from the Mountains and Plains Area Championships in Lithgow last week with some outstanding results, part of a strong showing from all three Orange clubs.

With the competing clubs covering the area from Glenbrook to Lake Cargelligo, Jets came second in the overall pointscore tally, with Kinross Wolaroi Swim Club taking out the title as the champions club and City of Orange rounding the colour city’s strong performance by  taking out the average pointscore title.

On the individual front,William Pell starred for Jets, bagging five gold medals on his way to taking out the eight years age champion gong.

The highlight of those swims was in the 100 metre breaststroke, where he achieved a 11.45 second personal best (PB), stopping the clock in 2.08.

Competing in the 14 years boys’ age division, Rory Thornhill also took out the age champion title. In a busy meet, Rory had 13 races over the two days, coming home with four gold and five silver medals.

This included a half-a-second PB in the 50m freestyle to record a time of 29.27.

While carrying an illness into the meet, Tristan Harrison did not let that slow him down on his way to taking out the age champion trophy in the men’s 20-24 age division.

Tristan continues to set a great example to the younger swimmers in the squad with his grit and commitment to training.

Rounding out the age champions, Cathy Marshall showed she is getting better with experience by taking out the women’s 50-54 age division with strong swims in her five races.

In the 10 years boys’, Luke Hinrichsen, Johannes Logan, Oliver Tom and Harry Ward had an outstanding meet, smashing the 4x50m freestyle and medley records.

They clocked 2.25.18 secs in the freestyle, and 2.52.13 secs in the medley.

They bettered the records which were also set by Jets swimmers, two years ago.

After a weekend of hard racing, attention now turns to the NSW Country Championships being held at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre at the end of February.

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