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HC Swimmers' Success at Australian Age Championships

16 April 2024

HC Swim Club recently sent a team to compete against the best age group swimmers in Australia. Our team, lead by Head Coach Rachel Brennemo, of William Botterill-James, Daniel Francis, Eli Jones, Ewan McIlwraith and Daniel Shilcock, held their own ranking 86th out of over 200 clubs- an impressive achievement for a team of 5 swimmers!

Daniel Francis contested 2 B Finals, for 14 Years 50m & 100m Freestyle, placing him in the top 20 in Australia, swimming consistent PBs.

Eli Jones contested the A Final of the 400m IM, placing 6th and swimming a massive PB. He also had top 20 finishes in the 200m IM, 800m Freestyle and 1500m Freestyle, showing his versatality.

William Botterill-James & Ewan McIlwraith both swam competitive times, applying the skills they had been working on in training, setting them up for an exciting year ahead.

Our standout performance from this meet was Daniel Shilcock. Daniel clinched the silver medal in the 50m Backstroke event, along with recording an Olympic Trials qualifying time and setting a new state record in the 200m Individual Medley.

Daniel's time of 26.74 in the 50m Backstroke event was only 0.04 seconds away from winning the gold, making it an incredibly close finish.

In addition to his success in the backstroke, Daniel also made waves in the 200 IM (Individual Medley) event. He broke the Tasmanian State record and finished in fourth place with a time of 2.07.95. This achievement further showcases Daniel's versatility and skill in multiple swimming disciplines.

Looking ahead, Daniel is eagerly anticipating the upcoming Olympics Trials in Brisbane, scheduled for June. He aims to continue his swimming journey over the next 12 months with the HC Swim Club, as he sets his sights on competing at the top level of age group swimming in 2025. Daniel's ultimate goal is to challenge himself against the best swimmers in the world.

It's worth noting that Daniel's dedication and hard work over the past year have paid off, as he has now broken over 30 State records. This remarkable feat highlights his commitment to excellence and his enthusiasm for future races.

With his impressive achievements and determination, Daniel Shilcock is undoubtedly a rising star in the swimming world, and his future in the sport looks incredibly promising.

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