TSS Aquatic is the leading age group swimming club in Australia. Operating out of The Southport School, our club comprises of approximately 250 members from both the TSS cohort and wider Gold Coast community.
TSS Aquatic caters for a wide variety of swimmers, both boys and girls from learn to swim through to an elite level. Our highly trained swimming coaches and superb swimmer to coach ratios allows every swimmer to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
DAY 7, 8, 9
TSS Boy Noah Robinson concluded an incredible two weeks of racing for the TSS Swimming Team, with some fantastic swims. There are 14 different classifications in the Multi-Class Championships - depending on the swimmer's impairment. At the Paralympic, Commonwealth, World Championship and Para-Pan Pacific Games, Swimmers compete in their classification, straight forward competition - first person home wins. At the National Championships all classifications compete together with points awarded to each time based on the % of the World Record in their classification. To be able to compete in this environment, stepping up against athletes significantly bigger and older, you must be a tough competitor. To make it even more challenging, Noah competed in 10 different events in less than 2.5 days. To be successful at this level you have to be resilient and single minded - two key parts of the TSS philosophy - which we work on every day in the training pool.
With such a tight turn around to fit in so many races, people look to cut corners but not Noah. He knew that if he wanted to step up and race hard again and again and again it was necessary to be disciplined. One of High Performance Coach Chris Nesbit's mantras is preparation, preparation preparation and as we have seen so many TSS athletes do this week - he practiced his race preparation and protocol perfectly. On several occasions this meant being the last swimmer in the swim down pool when everyone else had gone home. This is not just a case of dutifully following the process, TSS Swimmers are educated to understand why they do what they do and how to do it better. They are then given the independence and opportunity to practice. This was an educated swimmer making decisions because they would help his performance.
Noah won an incredible Bronze in the Boys 11-14yrs 100m Butterfly (1.19.35) - I am not exaggerating when I say he was half the size of his competitor the lad was about 6ft 5"!! Noah continued to execute some superb performances over the weekend's racing but did not return to the podium and may have felt disappointed with his results. Crucially, he did not allow this to affect his demeanour or his attitude, he bounced on to poolside for every swim, huge grin on his face, ready to follow the process and get stuck in to racing again. This attitude of perseverance and resilience is synonymous with TSS Swimming. TSS Swimmers never give up. Facing your disappointments in this manner is crucial in building the foundation to your progress. TSS Swimmers and Coaches are always hungry to improve and with great support from The School and our parents we will continue to do so.
Back to the training pool to get ready for the next battle...
TSS Aquatic prides itself on the way our Team of swimmers finish competitions. A big last day is a reflection on the persistence of concentration, of executing routine and following the process from the start of competition to the very end, from the first warmup to the final swim down. 2017 was no different, the final day of racing was our biggest day of best times - 67% of swimmers improved their best times.
At TSS there is a constant focus, with swimmers of all ages, on the process of swimming faster in the final than your heat swim. 2017 was our best ever year in this respect, converting a massive 80% of swimmers swimming faster in finals.
Laura Taylor was the golden girl on the final day - storming to victory in the Girls 17/18yrs 200m Butterfly (2.10.50). Laura has shown consistent quality over the last 13 days of racing. All the Age Group swimmers who competed in the Opens last week have had to cope with the demands of performing at their best over this extended period. Laura started her Open Nationals campaign with a best time in the 100m Freestyle, 13 days ago and finished her crusade winning Silver, in the same event in the 17/18yrs Girls - in a quicker time! This hard fought 100m Freestyle (55.84) is Swim of the Day. Laura had to dig deep to win a tight finish. A fantastic result coming only 30mins after her 200m Butterfly triumph. To help put this impressive feat into perspective none of her competitors had raced previously that night. Within 30 minutes Laura had won a very demanding event, been presented with a medal and won a Silver in another. She was in fact so disciplined she found enough time to extend her normal swim down protocol to recover properly - ensuring best performance in the next race. Laura was also given the prestigious honour of collecting the award for best performing State on behalf of Queensland.
Laura has raced 21 times in the last 13 days, completing 3950m of racing and over 50km of training, warmups and swim downs. She won 1 x Bronze Medal at the Open Senior National Championships and a further 2 x Gold; 4 x Silver and 1 x Bronze Medals at the Age Group Championships - a real treasure trove. To grind out positive results in these close scenarios after such a huge two weeks requires the kind of resilience, mentality and attitude developed at TSS.
Maddy Gough has also raced in both Championships. Third best in the country in the Women's 1500m last week, she finished tonight with a best time in the 17/18yrs 200m Butterfly.
TSS Aquatic do the training required to compete at this standard and the National Championships are where the hard work pays off. Swimmers reap the reward of their hard work and winter training. To finish the week with a cluster of best times shows great character and strong attitude typical of the way TSS develops swimmers. Process driven athletes perform well under pressure and under fatigue.
Zach Maher has had an outstanding week, winning his first ever National Medals, including a National Title in the 15yrs Boys 100m Freestyle. After such a major high, swimmers can struggle to maintain form and cope with the late night finishes but not the swimmers at TSS! Learning how to follow their pre and post race protocols helps TSS Swimmers follow the normal process, maintain concentration and continue to swim big best times. Zach doubled up this morning, making significant steps in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Butterfly.
Alex Tsebelis has been another highlight this week. Huge best times in several events and a Bronze Medal in the Medley relay marks big progress. Alex is another swimmer to finish the week strongly with a three second best time in the 16 years 200m Backstroke. Alex is new to the programme but the way he has conducted himself at the competition - you would have thought he has been here for years. His smiling face and positive, bubbly attitude are hugely important traits at an demanding competition like this and a great display of character. Smiling is infectious and you can have a tremendous effect on the Team around you - this is one of the reasons TSS place such value on attitude.
The Multi-Class Championships got underway today with Noah Robinson competing ten times in the next 2.5 days. Look out for a summary of his results on Monday. Go NOAH!!
We are awaiting confirmation of selection of Junior Swimmers to National Teams and are excited to improve in the next phase of the season - the army of Red, White and Blue Swimmers will as always be bigger and better equipped next season.
Finally but most importantly well done to all our Team of swimmers and an enormous thank you to all the parents, supporters and TSS staff - we cannot do it alone and appreciate all your support. The countless text messages of support and thanks throughout the competition really make the difference.
To be successful on multiple occasions at a week long competition - you must have resilience. There will be exciting moments and their might be disappointing moments but either way they are only moments and in sport, as in life you must persevere and have the resilience to seek to overcome these obstacles. Madi Armstrong has demonstrated this attitude through the latter half of the week. Following a tough opening day, she bounced back to claim a place in the Final of the 400m Freestyle; swam an outstanding relay leg in the 4 x 200m freestyle, winning Silver and dropped a huge best time in the final of the 100m Butterfly this evening. TSS Swimmers are relentless and they never give up!
Day Five was the 'last first' swim of the meet and Ryan King reaped the benefit of our process of preparing swimmers for their individual race day. Ranked as the slowest in the 14yrs Boys 400m Individual Medley and racing in an outside lane, he perfectly executed his race strategy, swam a three second best time and finished 11th, narrowly missing the final. TSS Swimmers are relentless and they never give up!
Laura Taylor and Maddie Gough have been competing for the last 12 days and are still capable of producing best times. The tough pair from TSS claimed Silver and Bronze in the 17/18yrs Girls 800m Freestyle. The distance events are a true test of your mettle and our girls stepped up to deliver two medals in the final event of the day. Laura Taylor wins Swim of the Day for her Silver and new best time (8.39.47). Maddie was close behind winning Bronze in 8.41.72. TSS Swimmers are relentless and they never give up!
In the Boys 17/18yrs distance event - the 1500m Freestyle - Kai Edwards improved his best time. Following an injury at the end of 2016 he was only able to secure qualification for these Championships 3 weeks ago. He swam a lifetime best in the Open Championships last week and improved his performance once again to further improve his best time. Megan Bogatie also benefitted from the experience of competing at the Open Championships last week and improved her performance in the heats and finals of the 16yrs Girls 200m Individual Medley today. There are no overnight successes in this world and developing swimmers requires time and patience. Swimming is a sport and the Junior swimmers need time at task to practice the skill of racing and improve their performance. At a week of competition like this, they will learn so much and there is so much more still to learn.
Preparation for the next day starts at the end of the race. TSS Swimmers have shown great discipline and urgency, understanding the importance of their post-race protocol and the effect it has on their next event.
The Coaching staff always place huge importance on this process and remain at the swim down pool until the last swimmer finishes. We start the day as a Team and we finish the day as Team.
We will be prepared to attack the final day of competition tomorrow - TSS Swimmers are relentless and they never give up!
The fourth day of competing became the third consecutive day when 100% of TSS Swimmers swam faster from heats to finals. As mentioned earlier in the week, this principle is a foundation to racing and Coach Liam du Feu can still remember his conversation with Australian Coach Don Talbot on the importance of Junior Swimmers learning how to swim faster in finals and we have smashed it three days running! A really fantastic and very pleasing statistic.
Laura Taylor kicked off the finals with a Bronze in the 17/18yrs Girls 100m Butterfly (1.00.56). A busy programme of racing, Laura is testing herself to prepare and deliver high quality performances in every race.
The focus on the fourth day was concentration. We had several swimmers arrive for their first swim of the competition and perform well in testing circumstances. Many Clubs will prepare all athletes to be at their best on Day One of the competition but TSS finds a way to ensure every swimmer can perform at their optimum level when they need to. This is a test in concentration for the swimmer and of the coaches planning. The swimmer is being prepared for the start of their competition not the start of the competition. This means the coach will have many different plans and sessions all operating at the same time and the swimmer might not be following the same plan as their peers - it is easy to get distracted. The remaining Team members have been able to stay on the Gold Coast but not necessarily with their regular coach. This is the same at the competition where the Coaches must work together to ensure all swimmers are catered for. This demonstrates the value of and faith placed in all of the Coaching Team. Furthermore, this is a great education for the Junior Swimmers. They can become comfortable working with other Coaches. If you qualify for a National Team your regular coach might not go with you. There is no better example of this than David Morgan who competed at the Rio Olympics without High Performance Coach Chris Nesbit.
Competing in relay events is another step towards International Swimming. Australia has a phenomenally rich history in relay swimming and TSS Swimmers are learning about dealing with the challenges of racing later at night, working as a unit and stepping up beyond their individual capabilities. Tonight's Relays in the Boys and Girls 18 and Under 4 x 200m Freestyle were a real test of the Club's strength in depth and the swimmers' attitude to competing. The Girl's are today's Swim of the Day, winning a brilliant Silver and the Boys fought hard for a 5th place finish in two swims the TSS Family can be extremely proud of.
Laura Taylor 2.00.90
Maddie Gough 2.03.33
Charlotte Mitchell 2.05.31
Maddy Armstrong 2.07.92
Max Osborn 1.55.99
Jack McMenamin 1.54.55
Kai Edwards 1.54.88
Luke Parrish 1.56.81
The 4 x 200m Freestyle Relays were the final relays of the competition for the TSS Team. Our 6 relay teams won two medals (1 x Silver, 1 x Bronze) and finished no lower than 6th place a superb achievement. As they do in training, the swimmers take on challenges, however they unfold, in any given situation. An attitude to be proud of as the swimmers compete for TSS with distinction, recognising it is their privilege to fight for the cap of the red, white and blue.
The culture of our young team is so strong, the swimmers are learning to never be satisfied and become obsessed seeking the 1% improvement. Ross Goodison went a best time in the 200m Backstroke earlier in the competition but went away feeling he could have performed better. He returned today, to smash his 100m Backstroke best time, from an outside lane - relentless attitude!
The middle chapter in a week long competition is about seizing opportunities. Can one prepare better, show more urgency, more mental fortitude and step up to race more aggressively than one's competitors? This is the moment where the TSS Aquatic Team show their true colours.
Laura Taylor set the tone for the day in the 17/18yrs Girls 200m Freestyle. Buoyed by her Club Record in the 100m last night, she showed great belief to add the 200m to her collection of Gold Medals and Club Records. She destroyed the 2 minute barrier for the first time, touching first in 1.59.29. Laura replaces World Championship qualifier Kiah Melverton as the Club Record holder in this event - giving you an indication of the quality of Day Three's Swim of the Day.
Laura led the way in terms of preparation. Game face on from the moment she walked on the poolside, she showed great maturity, following her pre-race protocol to the letter and executing a fantastic swim. Having a National Open's Medalist at the Age Championships gives the Juniors Swimmers the opportunity to observe the way the Seniors operate, up close. It clearly had an effect, the intensity of the preparation went into the stratosphere. Educating swimmers is a key part of the TSS philosophy and the Coaches take every opportunity to give the swimmers a glimpse of the next level. With three major competitions in the season where the swimmers are rested, focused and more alert - these are crucial chances to make the biggest difference and improvement with the swimmer. Every conversation around the pool deck, every race experience is vital. The same can be said of the Coaching Staff, High Performance Coach Chris Nesbit has led a Team of five coaches over the last two weeks - sharing his experience and expertise. TSS are developing Swimmers and Coaches to form winning partnerships where both parties are hungry and relentless in their obsession to improve.
The second medal of the night was won by Zach Maher in the Boys 15yrs 50m Freestyle. Zach dipped under 24 seconds for the first time to win Silver (23.87). Less than thirty minutes later, Zach led off the Boys 16 and under 4 x 100m Freestyle Team. A very impressive effort (52.89), stepping up only a short time after his individual final. This attitude was indicative of the whole team stepping up with fast times for a 6th place finish. Sean Arthur anchored the team (55.10), Alex Tsebelis (54.33) and Luke Parrish (54.57) swam the second and third legs respectively. The boys impressed with their calm and confident race execution in what is a very manic moment on the pool deck. Lots of teams and swimmers pile into the warm up area and marshalling area, keeping calm is key in a very excited environment.
Evan Mitchell won TSS's third medal of the night claiming Bronze in the Boys 12/13yrs 200m Backstroke (2.16.14). A fantastic performance from Evan in his first ever National Age Championships, making his first final, swimming faster and winning a Bronze Medal.
Day Two had all the hallmarks of a top class day of Swimming designed by TSS. The philosophy of the High Performance Coach Chris Nesbit and his staff is to show resilience in difficult circumstance and become obsessed with improving. Coupled with the attitude (educated from a young age) to racing in finals, inspired by Australian Swimming Great Don Talbot - that you swim faster. TSS roared into action and tonight's finals session concluded with 100% of swimmers swimming faster than their morning heat swim. It is clear to see our Swimmers are improving.
To be resilient you must bounce back from disappointment and Kai Edwards has bags of resilience. Disappointed to miss yesterday's 17/18yrs Boys 400m Freestyle final, he showed great belief and urgency to seize a place in the final of the 400 Individual Medley and then set a new life time best, finishing 7th but more importantly, improving his performance and race plan execution in the final (4.32.16).
In his first National Final, Luke Parrish set a new best time of 4.05.31 and finished 7th in the Boys 16yrs 400m Freestyle. Like Kai, Luke improved his time from heats to final. This is a huge achievement but more impressive is the improvement in performance. This has stemmed from continued education about the event and technical progress in the training pool over the course of the whole season. In addition the knowledge acquired and developed from every race throughout the season has given him the maturity to use these tools. This has been a long term project for Luke and a continuation of this desire to improve is necessary to move forwards each and every year and will pay dividends in the future.
Zach Maher's Golden moment in the Boys 15yrs 100m Freestyle is Swim of the Day. His time of 52.01 was not only good enough for first place but a huge drop of 1.5 seconds. Zach only qualified for his first Nationals last year and this performance represents a huge leap for him. Zach has raced this event three times in the last 24 hours and significantly improved his performance each time. This is a key focus for the TSS coaching staff and their approach to long term athlete development. The conversations between coaches and swimmers on the pool deck are opportunities to work with the swimmers and provide continual reinforcement. Our philosophy is process driven: improve training and then performance - the result will take care of itself. This requires resilience, patience, perseverance and trust in the programme from swimmer, family and coach. A winning partnership is required, no one part of this trio can be successful on their own. This long term view is a crucial part of the process in developing Junior Swimmers who have to overcome growth spurts, body changes and the pressures of education. They need time to learn that Swimming is a lifestyle if they are to seek improvement year after year.
The Final Swim of the evening was the Girls 18yrs and Under 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay. Led out by Laura Taylor in a new Club Record 100m Freestyle of 55.81, Maddy Gough (58.34), Megan Bogatie (58.69) and Charlotte Mitchell (58.46) the girls battled bravely to a fourth place finish and new Open Female Club Relay Record: 3.51.30.
Tomorrow is a new day and Team TSS is raring to go again...Go TSS
The TSS Swimmers kicked off 6 days of racing at the National Age Championships with a typically strong series of performances. A fast and furious start saw the Team in Red, White and Blue secure 11 Finals and win 4 Medals on the first day of competition.
Madi Armstrong claimed the first medal of the meet with a hard fought Silver in the Girls 16yrs 200m Butterfly (2.15.48). Sean Arthur followed this with a brilliant Bronze in the Boys event (2.06.35). This is a significant step for Sean in the development process having finished fourth in this event in both 2015 and 2016.
Laura Taylor continued her good form from last week winning Silver in the 17/18yrs Girls 400m Freestyle (4.11.82). Charging down the final 50m Laura fought right to the end finishing only 0.03 behind the winner. Maddy Gough claimed fourth place.
A particularly pleasing aspect of the day was the focus and attention to detail given to the pre-race preparation by the swimmers. Several other coaches remarked upon the discipline, planning and organisation of the dryland activation. TSS Swimmers understand preparation is key to best performance and have been practicing in the training arena. This area will become more important as the week goes on.
National Team Rookie Chase Laviolette further improved her best time in the 100m Butterfly. Swimming a best time in her first ever swim at this level, from an outside lane. This is significant because Chase had to swim a massive personal best time to make the qualifying time for the Championships only three weeks ago. To go one better today is a fantastic achievement. Chase has moved through all the stages of the TSS Junior Programme and is now competing with the best in the country.
The Fourth medal and Swim of the day came in the final race of the day as the Boys 16yrs and Under Medley Team won an outstanding Bronze (3.58.00). Unfancied for a medal the boys in the TSS Team stepped up collectively, displaying strength greater than the sum of their parts. This did not happen by accident, two weeks ago the Coaching Staff and Swimmers held a Relay Meeting to discuss what is required in team events and more importantly highlight the frequent special performances by TSS Swimmers and Australian Swimmers in these situations. There is a big focus on Team at TSS and swimmers are educated on what it means to be part of something bigger than themselves. Whether you have had a brilliant medal winning evening like Sean Arthur or have to bounce back from a disappointing morning like Zach Maher, the white cap of TSS comes first and you need to keep calm and step up. Time and time again the TSS Team deliver superb relay performances and these four boys are now a part of that history - well done boys. Alex Tsebelis (Backstroke 1.00.63), Koen Overton ( Breaststroke 1.07.04), Sean Arthur (Butterfly 58.27) and Zach Maher (Freestyle 52.06).
Day Five was the busiest and biggest night of finals for the Team in red, white and blue from TSS Swimming. With no less than nine final swims this evening, the TSS Team finished the meet strongly (in typical TSS fashion), winning a host of medals.
The Day started strongly with James Rutherford (27.58) and Stella Cole (26.56) setting new best times in the 50m Backstroke and Freestyle respectively, in their first ever Open swims, fantastic swims.
The first final of the night saw Laura Taylor claim a stunning Bronze and Swim of the Day, in the Women's 200m Butterfly. Laura was fearless, attacking the race from the outset and challenging her vastly more experienced competitors. Unafraid to compete against swimmers with several Olympic Medals, Laura was determined and positive, racing aggressively and setting a new best time (2.09.09). Alice Stuart (2.12.64) finished 6th, improving her heat time by nearly two seconds. Earlier in the evening, Charlotte Mitchell (2.15.26) and Tatjana Veeser (2.17.72) set new best times in the same event, contesting the B Final.
In the very next race Kiah Melverton secured second place in the 400m Freestyle, adding Silver to her medal collection for the week (4.09.80).
Josh Parrish won TSS's third medal of the night in the Men's 1500m Freestyle winning Bronze in a new best time of (15.13.05). TSS boy Max Osborn (15.40.89) finished 6th in the same final. Earlier in the day, Kai Edwards (15.47.93) swam a best time, taking 10th place.
Grayson Bell was the Team's last individual final of the competition placing 5th in the Men's 50m Breaststroke. His new best time of 28.03 a significant step forward.
The Men's 4 x 100 Medley relay (3.41.93) ensured the meet had a Silver lining taking second place, improving upon their Bronze from 2016. Hudson Anu (Backstroke 58.75), Grayson Bell (Breaststroke 1.01.79), David Morgan (Butterfly 51.15) and Dom Richardson (Freestyle 50.24) fought bravely from an outside lane to win Silver. A huge effort from all four boys at the end of five days of competition. Significantly, David Morgan's fly leg was faster than his relay leg at the Rio Olympics last year and Grayson stepped up on the breaststroke leg, only 10 minutes after his 50m Breaststroke Final.
The Championships concluded with the presentation of the Australian Team for the World Championships. TSS Team members, Kiah Melverton, David Morgan and Coach Chris Nesbit are all on the Australian Dolphins Team heading to Budapest.
Well done Swimmers, Coaches and Supporters, onwards and upwards into the Age Group Championships - starting Sunday...Go TSS
An exciting day for TSS Swimming as David Morgan secured his place on the Australian World Championship Team, storming to victory in the Men's 200m Butterfly (1.55.70). David is the third member of the TSS Team to qualify for the World Championships in Budapest and retains his 200m Butterfly National Title. This completed the 'double double' - winning the 100m and 200m Butterfly in both 2016 and 2017. Along with a second place finish in the 50m event, asserts his credentials as the top Butterfly swimmer in the country. It has been a difficult week for David, on Sunday he missed the qualifying time for the World Championships in the 100m Butterfly by 0.3 seconds and was under pressure to qualify for the World Championships but TSS Swimmers are made of sterner stuff and David kept his nerve to book his ticket to Budapest. With a confidence and calm assuredness, instilled by High Performance Coach Chris Nesbit, David's 200m Butterfly triumph is Swim of the Day.
In the same final, TSS swimmer Dom Richardson roared home to a fourth place finish in an excellent swim. Improving his heat placing from 7th to 4th from an outside lane, Dom set a new best time of 2.00.52, executing his race plan perfectly.
Earlier in the night Will Pulley, confirmed TSS's strength in the Butterfly events swimming a new best time in the 200m event (2.03.86) - finishing 6th in the B Final. Only thirty minutes later he contested the 400 Individual Medley, one of the toughest events in the programme, lowering his best to 4.30.04. Swimming two best ever performances inside thirty minutes exemplifies the way TSS educate their swimmers to prepare for and execute their races and race day protocol. Will was organised, calm and listened carefully to his coach as he did everything possible to secure his best performance. At TSS we teach our swimmers to leave no stone unturned.
The girls in the 1500m Freestyle, ripped into the field with Maddy Gough winning Bronze and Emma Robinson taking 5th place (16.54.74). Maddy attacked the race from the off, securing her first ever Open National Medal in a superb best time of 16.32.21. Maddy, another swimmer in the TSS mould, working hard with Coach Chris Nesbit as she develops from Age Group Swimming to Medal Winning Open Swimmer.
One day to go, we will fight to the end, go TSS!
Day Three of Australia's biggest Swimming competition kicked off with Hudson Anu swimming a superb lifetime best of 58.58 in the Men's 100m Backstroke. This was swiftly followed by Tatjana Vesser's best time in the Women's 50m Butterfly (28.01). Two fantastic improvements and TSS were up and running.
The Day continued in positive fashion as Kiah Melverton swam a best time in the Women's 200m Freestyle to secure a place in the Final. Kiah climbed a rank in the Final finishing 7th but more significantly breaking the two minute barrier in the process. Kiah's 1.59.73 was her third personal best time of the meet and a real boost in confidence for the last two days of competition.
TSS Old Boy Grayson Bell finished 6th in the Men's 100m Breaststroke (1.01.61). Josh Tierney claimed Third in the B Final of the 100m Breaststroke, improving his heat time to 1.03.51.
Swim of the day, however, can only go to Max Osborn. Max won his first ever Open National Medal in the Men's 800m Freestyle with a gutsy Bronze in 8.12.96. Max has improved his training, improved his technique and grown in maturity over the last twelve months and this result is testament to his hard work supported by High Performance Coach Chris Nesbit and the coaching team at TSS Aquatic. He is a great example of the way TSS Aquatic develops their swimmers - giving athletes the tools to drive their own improvement both inside and outside the pool - knowing and understanding your athlete and being able to coach the individual not just train the engine is crucial to progress.
Two days of racing left for the Team of Red, White and Blue Swimmers....Go TSS!
Competing in multiple events at a Championships that stretches over several days, requires resilience and persistence and an ability to control your emotions. These are key elements to the coaching philosophy of TSS Aquatic Coach Chris Nesbit and ensure his athletes safely navigate the rollercoaster of National and International competitions. Not everything will go to plan or how you necessarily expected but "if you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat these two imposters just the same" you can remain in control, react and be successful. Swim of the day, therefore, goes to Kiah Melverton for her huge 2 second lifetime best swim in the Women's 400 Individual Medley (4.44.06) A barnstorming second half of the race saw Kiah charge back on the field to win a hard fought and brilliant Bronze.
David Morgan claimed his second medal of the meet with Silver in the splash and dash of the Men's 50m Butterfly (23.82). In a race of the smallest margins David was only 0.1 seconds behind the winner. Dom Richardson finished 6th.
Laura Taylor dipped under the 60 second barrier for the first time in the Women's 100m Butterfly. Her time of (59.41) smashed her previous best. A significant step, she snuck under the minute marker for the second time in the final, finishing in 6th place. In the same event, Tatjana Veeser also made a significant drop in time improving her best time to 1.01.38.
In the Men's 200m Breaststroke, Josh Tierney improved his heat performance, rising two places and swimming faster in the final for a solid fifth place in 2.15.20. Olympian, Ashton Baumann dominated the field in the B Final with a mature performance to touch first in 2.14.15
Earlier in the heats TSS boys Max Statham and Dom Richardson set new best times in the 200m Freestyle (1.53.73) and 50m Butterfly (24.29).
Day one of the biggest event in the Australian Swimming calendar was filled with strong performances from the team of TSS Swimmers in Brisbane.
Swim of the day goes to David Morgan for his triumph in the Men's 100m Butterfly. David eased away from the field in the second half of the race, claiming the Gold in 51.81. David becomes the first TSS Aquatic swimmer to successfully defend a National Title - a great achievement. David followed this swim with a pleasing 5th place in the Men's 50m Freestyle (22.55) only 40 minutes later. Performing at this level not once but twice inside one hour is very impressive and is testament to the preparation of TSS swimmers under the guidance of High Performance Coach Chris Nesbit.
Kiah Melverton claimed the other medal of the day winning Bronze in the Women's 800m Freestyle (8.34.76).
The last final of the night saw Josh Parrish battle to a brave 4th place finish, from the outside lane in the Men's 400m Freestyle (3.50.31).
Earlier highlights from the day included a Club Record for Laura Taylor in the Women's 100m Freestyle (56.16). and best times from Will Pulley, Max Statham, Max Osborn and Kai Edwards in the Men's 400m Freestyle. This event was dominated by the boys from TSS with four swimming placing inside the Top 16 in Australia.