Swim squad getting expert guidance

COACHES with Olympic and Commonwealth Games experience should aid the Kingscliff swim squad in its New South Wales Country Championships competition in Sydney this weekend.

Former Commonwealth swimmer Ethan Rolfe and Olympian Lara Davenport's young squad is swimming for supremacy against other strong teams from Newcastle, Wollongong and else- where in New South Wales.

Rolfe said Kingscliff had always done well in the good, solid heat.

“For the first time in a while we have a relay team competing,” he said.

“A lot of them are using the meet not only to compete against star swimmers from across New South Wales but to achieve a stepping stone for the state championships and the Australian age championships.”

Morgan Williams, Jamie Sommerville, Paul Lulham, Bailey Hazell, Lucy Nelson Senise, Lachlann McDowell, David Hughes, Russell Chandler, Bailey Copeland, Conor McDowell, Eden Punter and Jodie Cantrell, with Grace Smith competing for Murwillumbah, will be led to Sydney by Davenport.

Rolfe said the meet was not specifically a qualifier for national selection, but if they were able to achieve qualifying times a lot of swimmers treat it like that.

“The 12 are the most we've sent down for a while.

“There's no particular star of the team, but there are three older guys the younger kids will be looking to for leadership.

“Quite a few are heading there for the first time, and it's exciting for them and Kingscliff itself.

“The debutantes among them are a little edgy and nervous but if they can channel that energy they'll swim their brains out.”

He said he and Davenport took turns leading the team to Sydney and they would do well in her capable hands this year.

“I'll be calling Lara each day to keep up with what's going on,” he said.

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