Albany Swim Club, led by team captain Ashton Henrickson, garnered strong results at the 2024 Swimming WA Country Championships last week, winning 29 medals, including 11 golds. A team of 15 athletes made the journey to Perth on January 5 to compete in the three-day competition against 316 athletes from 35 country clubs at HBF Stadium. Henrickson was dominant in the pool, shaving 25.40sec off his 400m freestyle time to secure one of his three gold medals. He also achieved multiple state qualification times while adding to his tally of seven medals. The club fired across the board with a personal best rate of 56 per cent, highlighted by Sam Forgus and Brooke West who each achieved a 100 per cent PB rate. Malachy Williams won a club-high nine medals from 10 swims, while brother Kalarney took home gold in the 100m butterfly. Albany Swim Club opened its account with the under-10 boys 50m medley relay team’s gold medal swim, followed by their gold medal-winning 50m freestyle relay. Mahayla Smithers made a triumphant comeback from injury to score her first State qualifying time in the 50m freestyle event. Albany’s Henrickson, Lillian Molenda and Sophia Riddell teamed up with athletes from the York and Mt Barker swim clubs in the Great Southern Relay teams. The men’s team took home silver medals in both the regional 4x50m medley and the 4x50m freestyle relays, while the women clinched a silver in the regional 4x50m freestyle relay. Albany Swim Club will now take a well-deserved break before preparing for the Great Southern Regional Championship event in Mt Barker next month.