Woodlawn student's swim to glory
ALEXANDER McKenna chose the best possible stage to achieve his swimming dream and book his berth among the cream of Australia's young swimming talent.
The 13-year-old produced an excellent display at the Swimming New South Wales Country Championships, making the final of the 400m individual medley event.
Not only did the performance secure him a place among his age group's elite swimmers, it also earned him a berth at the forthcoming Australian Age Championships.
Club head coach Ken Malcolm said the display had prompted jubilant scenes from his charge.
"He was rapt when he saw his time," he said. "He smashed the water like Michael Phelps!
"It was great to see.
"The guys set themselves goals and I do as a coach, as well.
"When they achieve them, it's a real reward for the fruits of their labour."
The Woodlawn College student recorded a time of 5:19.09secs in his race in the 14 and under division.
The effort earned him a spot alongside fellow talented swimmer and sister Samantha at April's national tournament, which takes place in Adelaide. "I think it was good for Alexander to achieve this," Malcolm said. "It is good to see him coming through with Samantha. "Now he can say, 'I've done it as well'."
Swimmers from across regional NSW attended last weekend's two-day event, held at Sydney's Homebush Bay complex.
Alexander's performance was part of an all-round notable display by Trinity's 17-strong party.
Malcolm's party finished with a total of 24 Top 10 placings and 63 personal bests.
They also broke three records into the bargain.
Elsie Cooper and Dominic Lissetto were two of the club's younger members to shine.
Madeline Nilon, Sam Nilon, Jemma Cooper, Georgia Call
aghan, Keisha Stewart and Macy Jensen racked up a host of PB times.
Suzannah Lack and Kalani Varcoe were other standout performers.
Malcolm said he was delighted with the efforts of his swimmers, particularly those setting new best marks.
"Personal bests are always the goals," he said.
"If you do not achieve them, then it's a shallow victory. It means you are not improving.
"It was great to see them doing so well."
To cap a memorable weekend, the club also took the Speedo Trophy for the best parading team.
The award is given to the club with the best marching and parading standards.