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Young guns gear up for swimming championships

ST Virgils College student Max Giuliani has been training the house down in preparation for the upcoming 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

Fifteen-year-old Max, along with more than 500 of Tasmania’s best swimmers, spent the long weekend from 7 to 11 March at the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre to compete in the state’s long course championships.

The event was the last chance for athletes to qualify for the national titles in mid-April, and Max went in giving it his all.

“I got two state age group records for the 100-metre freestyle and the 200-metre freestyle,” he said.

“I’ve trained pretty hard for it, so I’m really happy.

“For me it’s about improving and going to nationals.”

The Southern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SSATIS) Swimming Carnival was also held in mid-March, with 14 schools vying for shields and individual records.

Swimmers who attended included Max, Jet Jankiewicz (Guilford Young College), Mollie Bailey (Guilford Young College) and Rebecca MacDonald (Collegiate), who all won at events at the state championships.

Six records were broken with Max taking out the under 16 50-metre freestyle with a time of 25.36 and Rebecca winning the under 15 50-metre backstroke with a time of 33.19.

“It’s good – puts a bit of pressure on you to do well for the school,” Max said.

SSATIS administration officer Emma Johnson said there was an impressive young crop of swimmers developing in Tasmania.

“The kids are swimming quite well considering and everyone’s happy to be here and racing hard,” she said.

“Some of the swimmers that are competing are a bit tired and weary from the state champs, but it’s been really good that we’ve still had records.”

Max hopes to continue his strong form going into the Australian Championships by continuing to train hard.

“The reward you get out of training hard and doing personal bests is really good,” he said.

“I’m aiming for a national medal this year and then will just see where it takes me.”

Caption: St Virgils College student Max Giuliani is ready to take on the world.

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