Clubs storm Sydney titles

TWEED Valley swimmers have come home with a massive medal haul following last week's NSW State Age titles at the Homebush Olympic complex in Sydney.

Swimmers from the Twin Towns and Kingscliff swimming clubs picked up 13 medals between them including five gold at the titles.

Twin Towns swimmer Sara Marsen continued her dominance with four gold in the Under-16 division.

Marsen swept all before her in the freestyle events taking out the 200m, 100m and 50m events as well as her pet 100m breast-stroke event.

However a reccuring shoulder injury kept her from competing in another of her favourite events the 200m breast-stroke.

Kingscliff's Kate Brennan brought home the region's other gold medal, impressing in the 200m freestyle. The talented under-15s swimmer picked up silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 200m medley.

Brennan also combined with club-mates Tyler Pollack, Jess Henshall and Hayley White to pick silver in the 4x50m medley relay just 0.1 seconds behind the winning Aquadot team from Sydney.

However the girls, favourites to take the event, almost missed the event all together after mixing up the time.

Coach Lea Speechley said most of the team had no time to change into their 'fastsuits' and missed the marshalling for the event rushing straight onto the blocks.

Despite the mix-up, Kingscliff led after the first 50 metres, dropping back to third at the final change before powering home to miss gold by a finger-tip.

Kingscliff's Johnny Otton, Henshall and White all picked up bronze in 100m backstroke events with Twin Towns' Lynton Hurt grabbing a silver and bronze.

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