Chitukudza leads City of Orange’s unbelievable effort as colour city’s stars-in-making impress

EXCELLENCE: (from left) Felicity Chitukudza, Francis Chitukudza, Tahlia O'Connell, Francesca Chitukudza and Millie Brodbeck were all strong at the Swimming NSW State Age Short Course Championships. Photo: MATT FINDLAY
EXCELLENCE: (from left) Felicity Chitukudza, Francis Chitukudza, Tahlia O'Connell, Francesca Chitukudza and Millie Brodbeck were all strong at the Swimming NSW State Age Short Course Championships. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

City of Orange Swim Club’s done it again, once again impressing on the big stage in a massive way.

With another incredible group performance and stunning individual showings too, the club produced some of its strongest results to date at the Swimming NSW State Age Short Course Championships.

With just a six-strong group City of Orange finished fifth of 67 in the overall pointscore in the 10-12 Years Championship, finishing above countless other clubs that boasted far larger groups.

The Tanya Chapman-coached group also finished equal fifth on the medal tally with 10, nine of those won by star-in-the-making Francesca Chitukudza.

Across her 14 individual events the 11-year-old picked up five gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals too, with Millie Brodbeck winning the club’s other medal, a bronze.

Chitukudza won her gold medals in her 11 years 50, 100 and 200-metre butterfly, 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle races. Brodbeck finished third behind her in the 200m butterfly.

With a three-strong group City of Orange also performed superbly at the 13 And Over Championships too, with Felicity Chitukudza claiming a silver medal win there.

All that, combined, pushed the club to 20th on the combined overall state age pointscore.

While the medals are deserved rewards Chapman said it was the groups’ performance in general that really impressed her.

In the 10-12 Years Championship alone her troops swum a combined 32 personal best times, including Kingston Johnston’s incredible effort to notch a new best mark in all seven of his individual events.

Thanks to those times, the group claimed a combined 14 other top 10 finishes too, outside those medal wins.

Thomas Pell and Johannes Logan put their best foot forward for their respective clubs, Kinross and Jets, at the 10-12 Years event as well.

In the 13 And Over Championship, Kinross finished 18th on the pointscore too, claiming a combined nine medals across the meeting with their 14-strong group.

Collette Lyons secured six of those, four of which were gold, while Mercede Cornelius-Feltus, Ethan Crisp and Ollie McLaughlin all picked up a medal apiece too.

Kinross finished 25th on the combined overall state age pointscore as well.

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