Kempsey Swimming Club records places and personal bests at NSW National Championships | The Macleay Argus

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The New South Wales Country Championships in February saw our Kempsey swimmers more than hold their own with a string of top 10 finishes. Mark Thurgood, Jake Shore, Brielle Woodger, Keely Smith, Cleo Schubert, Grace Ryan, Mitchell Hornick, Josie Charlton and Max Farrell all made the trip down the Pacific Highway to Sydney with several personal bests and two places. The potential for more medals there for the taking before the event was canceled Sunday morning due to someone throwing up in the pool. In the 400m freestyle, Max Farrell finished 4th as well as 7th in the 400m individual medley and 8th in the 800m freestyle. Josie Charlton was one of the club’s winners with a third and new personal best in the 100m backstroke, as well as an 8th place finish in the 50m freestyle. Competing in his first national championships, Mitchell Hornick had a stellar debut, shaving 8 seconds off his personal best to win a silver medal in the 200m backstroke and a 4th in the 100m. Cleo Schubert and Keely Smith battled it out in the 13-year-old 100m breaststroke with Smith taking the lead in 7th while Schubert finished 8th. Mark Thurgood also finished ninth in the 200m individual medley. Proud coach Tony Hudson said “they all did very well” with more events on the horizon. Josie Charlton will compete at the NSW State Open Championships in Sydney from March 4-6. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: