Nambucca Valley swimmers killing it at NSW Country Championships

Declan, Leah, Jazmin and Darcy were the Marlins' Country Championships swim team. Photo from Macksville Marlins

Declan, Leah, Jazmin and Darcy were the Marlins' Country Championships swim team. Photo from Macksville Marlins

Swimming in the Nambucca Valley keeps going from strength to strength with another haul of impressive results over the weekend.

Seven of our top swimmers have just returned after competing at the NSW Country Championships in Sydney.

These championships take in swimmers from all over the state with the exception of the Sydney Metropolitan area.

Our superfish clocked up some amazing times, with a total of 11 Top 10 results recorded over the three days.

Congratulations goes to Declan Sutton who finished fourth in the Men's Open 50m Butterfly final. While he may have just missed out on a medal, his effort earned him a place in the Australian Swimming Championships with a qualifying time of 25.93 seconds.

Declan also scored five other Top 10 finishes including fifth in the Men's 17 and Over 100m Freestyle Finals, fifth in the Men's 17 and Over 50m Freestyle Finals, fifth in the Men's 17 and Over 100m Butterfly Finals, fifth in the Men's Open 50m Backstroke Finals and ninth in the Men's 17 and Over 100m Backstroke Finals.

His 57.54 seconds time in the 100m Butterfly has meant Declan has qualified for a second event in the Australian Swimming Championships.

He rounded out his experience with another impressive result - a Top 20 finish (11th ) in the 17 and Over 200m Freestyle Finals.

Leah Pickvance had another blinder over the weekend, with four Top 10 finishes and one Top 20.

Congratulations to Leah for recording fifth in the Women's 13-14 yrs 50m Freestyle Finals, sixth place in both the Women's 13 yrs 100m Butterfly and Freestyle Finals, ninth in the 100m Backstroke, and 19th in the Women's Open 50m Butterfly Finals, where she was competing against girls many years older than her.

Arrin Stirrat-Black is another formidable Nambucca Valley swimmer who proven her mettle with a Top 10 performance in the Women's Open 50m Butterfly Finals.

Two other swimmers also recorded Top 20 times.

Congratulations go to Asha Searle who came 14th in both the Men's 14 yrs 100m and 200m Breaststroke Finals. And to Darcy Welsh who finished 16th in the Men's Open 50m Breaststroke Finals, and 18th in the Men's Open 50m Butterfly Finals.

Swimming North Coast's Faye Rowles said it was a "great weekend of swimming and great to see after a very disrupted training schedule last year due to COVID 19".

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