Hunter fired up over Waterdragons? chances
TWIN Towns Swimming Club coach Andrew Hunter hopes his charges will bring home a swag of medals from the NSW state championships in Sydney this month. With its biggest team ever taking part in the titles, the Waterdragons' seven young swimmers should be prominent on the dais at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre from January 11-16. The swimmers are Lauren Tucker, 15, Lynton Hurt, 13, Courtney Tymon, 14, Shari Fletcher, 17, Matthew Lance, 15, Sara Marson, 15, and Ryan Gambin, 19. "It's the biggest team we've taken down and we're hoping for some big performances with improved personal bests," Hunter said. "They'll all be trying to lift their performances and their confidence - if the kids are proud and happy with their swim, well I've done my job and they've done theirs. "Not everyone can win, but if they achieve a personal best they've had a victory." All seven swimmers, Hunter said, would be hoping to improve on their times and qualify for the national Open championships in Sydney in March and the national age titles in Brisbane in April. Tucker will compete in the 50m to 400m freestyle events and the 100m and 200m backstroke. Hurt is the "ironman" of the group, contesting eight races: the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m breast stroke, 100m and 200m backstroke and 100m butterfly. "He should qualify for the nationals in at least four or five events and will be taking part in the Australian Age Championships in Brisbane in April," Hunter said. Gambin, who has already qualified for the Open nationals in Sydney in March, will be contesting the 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke and 100m and 200m butterfly. Tymon will swim the 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.