It’s Back-to-back For Jaclyn Barclay - one of 18 Queenslanders Named In The Australian Junior Dolphins For World Championships in Israel
The smile said it all when Jaclyn Barclay (St Peters Western) turned and saw the scoreboard at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre – Australian Open Champion, 200m backstroke – at just 16!
After a stellar Australian Age meet the week before, where she dominated her age group backstroke events, Barclay took the step up to open company and certainly made her presence felt – leading home a St Peters Western trifecta in 2:11.50.
In a blanket finish Barclay out-touched older team mates Hannah Fredericks (2:11.72) and Commonwealth Games representative Jenna Forrester (2:11.95).
And after a long fortnight of racing, Barclay was one of 18 Queenslanders named on the 30-strong Australian Junior Dolphins team for the World Junior Championships in Israel in September.
Barclay is also one of 10 Queensland girls – one of three with Amelia Weber and Jamie Perkins from her club St Peters Western Club - the Open and Age Club Pointscore Championship winners for 2023.
Other Queensland girls are: Hannah Casey 16 (Marist College Ashmore, QLD), Milla Jansen 16 (Bond, QLD), Tiana Kritzinger 18 (Rackley, QLD), Hayley Mackinder 15 (Griffith University, QLD), Olympia Pope 14 (Miami, QLD), Taryn Roberts 16 (Rocky City, QLD) and Georgie Roper 18 (Miami, QLD).
While in the 13-member boys team, eight are from Queensland, Karl Albertyn 17 (Miami, QLD), Gideon Burnes 17 (Bond, QLD), Ike Martinez 16 (Rackley, QLD), Anders McAlpine 17 (Chandler, QLD), Thomas Pattison 17 (Churchie, QLD), Enoch Robb 18 (All Saints, QLD), Edward Sommerville 18 (Brisbane Grammar, QLD) and Flynn Southam 17 (Bond, QLD).
All-in-all there are representatives from 11 Queensland Clubs – from Rockhampton (1) to Brisbane-based clubs, St Peters Western (3), Marist College Ashgrove (1), Rackleys (2), Chandler (1), Churchie (1) and Brisbane Grammar (1) to Gold Coast Clubs, Miami (3), All Saints (1), Bond (3) and Griffith (1).
Bond’s 17-year-old Commonwealth Games and World Short Course relay gold medallist Flynn Southam was one of the stand-out performers at both Australian Age and Australian Open – starting in 18 races across 50, 100, 200 and 400m freestyle and relays.
In a very impressive repertoire here is a look at Southam’s results:
Final: 22.40 (1st)
Final: 22.32* (3rd)
Final: 48.91 (1st)
Final: 48.53 (3RD)
Final: 1:46.24* (1st)
Final: 1:46.67 (2nd)
Final: 3:52.62 (2nd)
** Didn’t contest 400m freestyle at Australian Open
Relays: Flynn also contested four relays for Bond and anchored each relay:
Age – 4x50m freestyle: 21.91 (1st)
Age – 4x50m medley: 22.26 (1st)
Age – 4x100m freestyle: 47.95 (1st)
Open – 4x100m freestyle: 47.71 (his fastest split in last event after two weeks of racing) 1st
It’s an Australian Junior team to be led by in the capable hands of Head Coach Simon Cusack – the man who guided the careers of Australian super sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell and will be joined by fellow Queensland coaches James Boyce (Marist College Ashmore, QLD), Kyle Samuelson (Bond, QLD) and Richard Sleight (St Peters Western, QLD).
The 2023 World Junior Championships will be swum in Netanya, Israel from the September 4-9, with the team departing for a Staging Camp in Paphos, Cyprus on August 25.
Australian Dolphins, World Junior Swimming Championships, Netanya (Israel), September 4-9, 2023:
Karl Albertyn 17 (Miami, QLD)
Tane Bidois 18 (Knox Pymble, NSW)
Gideon Burnes 17 (Bond, QLD)
Marcus. Da Silva 16 (Cranbrook, NSW)
Alexander Foreman 17 (Kincumber, NSW)
Josh Kerr 17 (Manly, NSW)
Ike Martinez 16 (Rackley, QLD)
Anders McAlpine 17 (Chandler, QLD)
Thomas Pattison 17 (Churchie, QLD)
Enoch Robb 18 (All Saints, QLD)
Edward Sommerville 18 (Brisbane Grammar, QLD)
Flynn Southam 17 (Bond, QLD)
Johann Szymanski 17 (Highlanders, WA)
Isabella Boyd 17 (Nunawading, VIC)
Iona Anderson 17 (Breakers, WA)
Jaclyn Barclay 16 (St Peters, QLD)
Hannah Casey 16 (Marist College Ashmore, QLD)
Jessica Cole 16 (Wests Illawarra, NSW)
Jaimie DeLutiis 17 ((Wests Illawarra, NSW)
Bella Grant 17 (Trinity, NSW)
Milla Jansen 16 (Bond, QLD)
Isabella Johnson 17 (Cruiz, ACT)
Tiana Kritzinger 18 (Rackley, QLD)
Hayley Mackinder 15 (Griffith University, QLD)
Jamie Perkins 18 (St Peters Western, QLD)
Olympia Pope 14 (Miami, QLD)
Taryn Roberts 16 (Rocky City, QLD)
Georgie Roper 18 (Miami, QLD)
Amelia Weber 17 (St Peters Western, QLD)
Olivia Wunsch 16 (Carlile, NSW)
Simon Cusack (QLD)
James Boyce (Marist College Ashmore, QLD),
Jol Finck (Nunawading, VIC),
Michaela Pattinson (Carlile, NSW),
Kyle Samuelson (Bond, QLD),
Richard Sleight (St Peters Western, QLD),
Ben Tuxford (Trinity Grammar, NSW).
Photos Courtesy: Delly Carr (Swimming Australia)