2020 Senior State Age Swimming Championships

SOPAC 12-17 December 2020

Whilst most were relaxing during the Summer holidays, our competitive swimmers embarked upon one of their most cherished championship meets for the year.  Trinity Grammar School was very well represented at the NSW Senior State Age Swimming Championships, with a total of 24 students competing across the six days and nights of competition. 

Quinella in the 16 Years 400m Freestyle.  1st Gabriel Wilczak (11Ar), 2nd Caleb Dryer (12Sc)

The battle for the club point-score was fiercely contested, with the Trinity Grammar School Swimming Club finishing the meet in sixth position with 1413 points.  The overall winner of the meet was the combined Knox Pymble S.C (3544 points, 78 swimmers) that included Olympic hopefuls such as Cate and Bronte Campbell.

Our students were the recipients of 14 hard-earnt medals (6 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze) along with numerous finalists and personal best times. 

Gold Medallists

Hayden Hoang (9Ta)

13-14 Years 200m Backstroke 2.09.35

13-14 Years 400m Freestyle 4.13.83

13-14 Years 100m Backstroke 59.46

Gabriel Wilczak (11Ar)

16 Years 400m Freestyle 4.02.22 (School Record)

Caleb Dryer (12Sc)

16 Years 200m Butterfly 2.03.14

16 Years 800m Freestyle 8.23.81

Silver Medallists

Hayden Hoang (9Ta)

13-14 Years 200m Freestyle 1.59.63

Gabriel Wilczak (11Ar)

16 Years 200m Freestyle 1.53.95 (School Record)

Caleb Dryer (12Sc)

16 Years 400m Freestyle 4.05.40

16 Years 1500m Freestyle 16.15.88

Liam Filby (12Yo)

17 Years 100m Freestyle 53.40

Bronze Medallists

Gabriel Wilczak (11Ar)

16 Years 800m Freestyle 8.31.47

13 – 18 Years 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay 3.33.60

(M.Robertson, L.Filby, J.Yeou, S.Hohne)

Opens 10 x 50m Freestyle Relay 4.01.83

(C.Timms, R.Hansen, A.Paradzik, S.Hohne, C.Virgo, M.Robertson, L.Filby, J.Yeou, A.Weston, C.Dryer).

3rd place in the Mens 18 and Under 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay L to R: Captain Sam Hohne (12Ke), Vice Captain Liam Filby (12Yo), Vice-Captain Jason Yeou (12We), Matthew Robertson (12Du).

After six full days and nights of competition it was, as expected, a roller-coaster ride of results and emotions with numerous highlights and challenges throughout the week.  But it was very pleasing to see four new school records achieved throughout the week:

  • Hayden Hoang (9Ta) broke his own 14 Years 50m Backstroke record in the lead off of the Medley relay, with an outstanding time of 28.23. 
  • Jason Wang (10Ar) achieved a new school record in the 14 years 50m Freestyle in a time of 25.16.  This speedster broke Jason Yeou’s 2018 record of 25.22.
  • Gabriel Wilczak (11Ar) broke two school records over the week.  He successfully broke his own 200m Freestyle record by more than two seconds, setting the new mark for the 16 Years at 1.53.95.  In what was his maiden State Championship Gold medal, Gabriel broke a long-standing 2002 Theodore Pasialis record in the 16 Years 400m Freestyle with an amazing swim of 4.02.22.

NSW State Champion in the 200m Butterfly, Caleb Dryer (12Sc) with Mr Tuxford (Coach)

I would also like to make a comment about one of my most favourite swims of the week.  Our team Vice-Captain Liam Filby (12Yo) achieved something that may have been only a pipedream a few short years ago.  He placed second in the blue-ribband event, the 17 Years 100m Freestyle.  This result is a culmination of many years of sacrifice, determination, and hard work.  I am ever so humbled and privileged to coach an athlete with a ‘never give up’ attitude.  Great job Filby!  Well deserved.

Silver Medallist in the 17 Years 100m Freestyle, Liam Filby (12Yo)

Yours in Swimming,

Benjamin Tuxford | Director of Swimming

3rd Place on the Podium in the Mens OPEN 10 x 50m Freestyle

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