Pair shine on national stage

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Albany Swim Club’s Tom Gawned and Caitlin Williams produced impressive results at the 2017 Australian Age Swimming Championships in Brisbane last month.

With the pair competing in a combined eight races at the national event, Tom managed to make the final for the 100m and 200m backstroke.

ASC head coach Marshall McAleese attended the meet and said both had performed admirably.

“It’s a great experience for them to compete on the national stage and they did themselves and the club proud,” he said.

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Tom finished seventh in both his finals — in the 100m, he swam a time of 1min. 4.39sec. while in the 200m, he finished in 2:19.01.

“Tom did fantastically well,” McAleese said.

“The way he handled the whole thing, just to make the finals, was impressive.”

Caitlin competed in the 100m freestyle and butterfly and McAleese said despite an interrupted preparation, she swam well.

“Caitlin didn’t have a perfect lead-up into the event, but she performed better than I would have expected,” he said.

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