Nobbs, Lyons and Gillham star as Kinross claims top 10 NSW Country finishes

SPEED TO BURN: Collette Lyons was one Kinross' best performance at the NSW Country titles last weekend. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
SPEED TO BURN: Collette Lyons was one Kinross' best performance at the NSW Country titles last weekend. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Emily Nobbs, Collette Lyons and Josie Gillham once again produced stunning showings at last weekend’s NSW Country Short Course Championships, doing nothing to harm their reputations as three of the brightest prospects in the pool this side of the Blue Mountains.

Nobbs, Lyons and Gillham won 11 individual medals between them at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre last weekend, while Nobbs and Gillham both won two relay medals as well.

Nobbs, who swam at this year’s Commonwealth Games trials, sealed wins in her girls’ 15-16 years 100 and 200-metre breaststroke races – her pet events – while Lyons did a lot of her damage in that stroke too.

She won gold medals in the girls’ 13-14 years 200m breaststroke and the girls’ 13 years 100m race, breaking the NSW Country record by a second in the latter too.

She also picked up a win in her girls’ 14 and under 400m individual medley.

Gillham picked up silver in her girls’ 17 and over 100m freestyle, and bronze in the same age group’s 50 and 200-m free.

Their efforts helped Kinross to eighth on the overall medal tally with 18, finishing equal with City of Orange. The latter club claimed more gold medals though, and took seventh spot as a result.

Kinross finished 10th on the overall pointscore too, with 977, with eight other swimmers also picking up medals over the two-day carnival.

Jade Browne, Mercede Cornelius-Feltus, Catherine Crisp, Josie Gillham, Zac Lewis, Lauren Lyons, Ollie McLaughlin and Oscar McLaughlin all earned podium finishes in individual events or relays.

In a show of how much potential the club has, Kinross also picked up another 25 top 10 finishes.

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