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Strong performances at swimming nationals

Backstroker Ashley Weill in action at the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships.
Backstroker Ashley Weill in action at the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships.

Four Jewish swimmers from three states dived into action last week in the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, which doubled as the Commonwealth Games selection trial.

Representing St Andrews in the Sunshine Coast, former Melburnian Ashley Weill, 20, came 10th out of 60 in the women’s 200 backstroke heats to qualify for the B final, which she won in 2:15.28, beating her seed time by almost 2 seconds.

She also made the B final in the 100 backstroke, coming third, and she came second in the C final in the 50 backstroke.

Afterwards, Weill commented, “I couldn’t be happier to be back on track after a couple of tough years”.

“[I’m] eternally grateful for the love and support from my team.”

In a 120-strong field contesting the men’s 100 free, Melbourne Vicentre swimmer Benno Negri, 23, qualified for the A final, nailing a PB of 49.23 to finish 7th.

Negri also got a PB of 1:48.28 to win the C final in the 200 free, and placed 33rd out of 79 in the 50 free heats.

City of Sydney Aquatic Centre rep Alex Thompson, 18, was part of a NSW relay team that won silver in the 4×200 free.

Thompson qualified for the U20 final in the men’s 400 IM, placing 8th, to come 16th overall, and he also got a PB of 2:09.59 to come 31st in the 200 IM.

And Sydney’s KRB Aquatics rep Ariella Levy, 22, came 33rd out of 62 in both the women’s 100 and 50 breaststroke heats.

Alex Thompson (second from right) with his NSW relay teammates at the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships.

 

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