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F Teamers dive in at NSW State Open Champs

16 March 2020

NSW State Open Champs
Blair Evans and Tianni Gilmour in their Funkita F-Team suits (left) and Meg Bailey (right)

With a number of sporting competitions both large and small being cancelled all around the world, our F-Teamers stepped up and competed at the New South Wales State Open Championships over the weekend. As the Australian Government introduces new self-isolation bans, the swimming community will be holding their breath as to when major competitions will kick off again.

The NSW State Open Champs is just a small stepping stone for what will be a big Olympic year, although nationals in April have now too been cancelled, it is presumed that the Olympic Trials are still going ahead in June.

Stand out performances on night one of racing came from two of our F-Teamers, Meg Bailey and dual Olympian Blair Evans, touching first and second in the 400m IM, with Meg swimming her second-best time ever in the 400m IM coming in at 4:41.22. Commonwealth Games medallist Holly Barratt finished within the top 5 and swam 2 seconds off her personal bests in all of her events. Tianni Gilmour also placed 6th in the 400m IM and 5th in the 200m Butterfly.

The 200m IM raced on the last night saw our two F-teamers Meg Bailey and Blair Evans battle it out again with Meg touching in second taking .80 second off her PB with a 2:13.59 and Blair finishing third with a time of 2:16.42.

Meg Bailey also came second in the 200m Butterfly just touching behind Commonwealth Games medallist Brianna Throssell with only 0.33 seconds separating the two. Golden girls Abby Schoorl and Sarah Beale came home with gold in the 4 X 100m Medley relay and the 200m Breaststroke saw Sarah Beale place 6th just behind multiple Olympic swimmers.

Paralympic medallist Katja Dedekind especially stood out, with gold in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle, bronze in the 100m Freestyle and 4th in the 200m IM. Katja also improved on a number of her PB's as well, showing everyone she's not to be underestimated in the lead up to this year's Paralympic Games. Taylor Corry also had a successful meet taking home gold in the 100m Butterfly, and silver in the 50m Freestyle, 200m IM and the 100m Backstroke.

NSW State Open Champs
Taylor Corry raced in her APEX Predator Cyclone this weekend at NSW Open Champs

16-year-old national medallist Emily White showed that age is no excuse giving the older swimmers a run for their money competing against Commonwealth Games medallist Kiah Melverton and Junior World champion Lani Pallister, in the 800m Freestyle finishing 5th. Emily also finished 12th in both the 400m IM and 400m Freestyle. "It was good racing against the older swimmers as it brings up the standard of racing and it's a good experience to get used to swimming and racing against the top-level senior swimmers," said Emily after the meet.

Good luck to everyone, keep healthy and stay safe.


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