Swimmers smash records, PBs at North West Open
Northern WA’s best swimmers dove in for the chance to record State qualifying times at the annual North West Open at the weekend.
Almost 160 competitors from 11 clubs ranging from Broome to Geraldton took part in this year’s major regional swimming tournament at Karratha Leisureplex.
The competition allows swimmers to compete individually, accumulating points, and gives them the opportunity to qualify for State Championships if their times are good enough.
A total of 38 records were broken and more than half of all competitors beat their PBs at this year’s event.
The overall best swimmers of the meet were Karratha’s Yani Davis (junior men), Tom Price’s LeTahlia Callaghan (junior women) and Jenaya Vincent (senior women) and Broome’s Talia Wilkinson (intermediate women), Sean Campbell (intermediate men) and Daniel Ralph (senior men).
The North West Open, now in its 27th year, is always hosted by Karratha, but this year came just a month after the club held major country WA competition the Country Pennants in early March.
Karratha Amateur Swimming Club acting president Sharron Henderson said competitors had done particularly well given how hard they had worked at the earlier pennants event.
“The quality was amazing, there were some really close races which was fantastic to see,” she said.
“There were events that some of them may have swum at Pennants, and for them to come back and break their PBs again is awesome.
“For them to come out of that and then to come here and perform again really is a testament to their determination.”
Henderson said there had been a great level of community spirit on show with parent volunteers generously helping out throughout the event.
Most North West swimmers will now have a break until they attend a short course competition in Geraldton over the June long weekend.
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