Hawke Takes a Pair of Golds on Opening Night of NSW Champs

2018 New South Wales Senior State Championships

New South Wales Senior State Champs kicked off overnight with the premier performance of the night coming from 16-year old Charlie Hawke. In the 200 fly Hawke split an impressive 1:03.47 last 100m to take a huge victory in a 2:03.49. He was 5 seconds clear of silver medalist Brendan Ding (2:08.49). Not long after Hawke took a second gold in the 100 freestyle with a 52.09 narrowly touching out Tyson Bujak-Upton in the last 50m (52.13).

Another impressive performance came in the girls 14-year 400 freestyle with the top 3 all finishing 3 seconds under the 2017 winning time (4:28.49). Kimberley Doyle of WRAQ dropped a 3 second lifetime best of 4:23.86 to take gold. Close behind was Madeleine Hardy in a 4 second lifetime best of 4:24.89, followed by Anna Lee in a 2 second lifetime best of 4:25.09.

13-year-old Robert Thorpe of Carlile took 18 seconds off his lifetime best in the 13-14-year boys 1500m freestyle. He took gold in a 16:18.49, 30 seconds clear of silver. He also picked up a bronze  in the 13-14-year boys 200 IM again in a lifetime best (2:13.89).

Knox Pymble Swimming Club dominated the relays taking 3 golds and a bronze in the 4 relays on offer tonight (Girls 12-16 4×100 Medley Relay, Boys 13-16 4×100 Medley Relay, Girls 12-14 4×50 Free Relay & Boys 13-14 4×50 Free Relay)

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