We had a solitary competitor in the long distance events this year - but it was definitely worth the wait!
Michael was our only swimmer in the long distacne events, qualifying for the 13 year old Boys 1500m freestyle. Entered on a 20.02. Michael went into the water ranked in 6th place out of the 8 competitors in the age group, a full minute outside the medals.
In his first ever competitive 1500m Michael swam a brilliantly paced race, keeping it nice and steady all the way and came home in 18.04, nearly two full minutes under his entry time! This was fast enough to clinch the bronze medal, and agonisingly just 0.48 off the silver. It also took him a minute inside the Regional qualifying time of 19:08.
Third in your age group, 9th in the U16 Championships, 12th Overall (out of 34 swimmers) and a Regional time is not too shabby for your first 1500m race - congratulations Michael!