Bathurst City Amateur Swim Club are Mountains and Plains champions

BATHURST City Amateur Swim Club’s Mountains and Plains Summer Championships campaign can be deemed a major success thanks to the team claiming the overall club champion award at the Grenfell event.

HARD WORK PAYS OFF: The Bathurst City Amateur Swim Club team celebrates its Mountains and Plains overall champion award.

HARD WORK PAYS OFF: The Bathurst City Amateur Swim Club team celebrates its Mountains and Plains overall champion award.

A large team of 44 competitors travelled to the weekend’s racing determined to help the Bathurst club stand above the rest, and they would come home with plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Rachael Staines (Women's), Molly McCrossin (girls 16 years), Bridget Warne (girls 14 years), Austin Letran (boys 14 years), Thomas Press (boys 13 years) and Zephir Valsain (boys 10 years) all won their respective age champion titles.

Press also was named open age champion while Ben Roffe and Emily Press were awarded the distance champion trophies.

“The whole coaching staff are proud of what they have achieved. To have this sort of improvement across the club is amazing,” BCASC coach Steve Howell said.

“More kids have signed up to the club and we’re seeing many more of them heading off to these carnivals. This was one of our target meetings for the season and we were thrilled with the numbers.

“One of the most outstanding things was seeing how our little kids performed. We had some of our youngest kids going into events like the 400 metres and 800m. One of them even did the 4x100 IM.

“Myself and the other coaches Josh, Cynthia and Phoebe are so proud. We’d love to celebrate but we’ve got the NSW Country Championships coming up so there’s still work to do.”

Among the younger entrants making big statements in the pool was Emily Saint, 8, who won all five of her events. Fellow eight-year-old swimmer Benjamin Reynolds smashed his 50m personal best time by 5.25 seconds.

Mccrossin, 15, only missed out on victory in two of her 12 events.

The biggest personal best improvement of the meeting belonged  to Hudson Peisley, 10, who shaved 21 seconds off his 200m IM to place third in his age group.

Oscar Simeonidis, 11, lowered his 100m freestyle mark by 6.21 seconds, Sienna Whalan, 11, took 8.45 seconds off her previous best 100m breaststroke time to win the event and Joshua Whittingham, 14, placed first in the 50m butterfly after removing 4.67 seconds from his PB.

In one of the biggest individual results for the BCASC squad multi-class swimmer Abbey May Brown, 16, qualified for National Age Championships in her 200m freestyle event.

The NSW Country Championships will be held at Sydney Olympic Park over February 23-25.