Esperance Sea Dragons perform at state competition

Esperance Sea Dragon members Maddie McGrinder, Ben Murgatroyd, Jack Harris and Bailey Fiegert alongside coach Kim Fiegert. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Esperance Sea Dragon members Maddie McGrinder, Ben Murgatroyd, Jack Harris and Bailey Fiegert alongside coach Kim Fiegert. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Being the smallest team in the competition was no obstacle for the Esperance Swim Team, breaking records and walking away from the state's Country Pennants with 22 medals between them.

Esperance Sea Dragons members Maddie McGrinder, Bailey Fiegert, Jack Harris and Ben Murgatroyd travelled more than 2000 kilometres to Karratha for the annual competition from March 1 until March 3.

The four competed against 32 other teams and more than 500 swimmers, with Ben breaking an 18-year-old record after swimming the Boys Under 14 50 metre Freestyle D Grade in just 26 seconds.

Despite the heat, team member Maddie said the team performed just as they would back at home.

"Individually, we all performed as we would back home," she said.

"As a team, we obviously didn’t get quite as many points as all of the other teams in our division because they got points from all of the different age groups and different relays.

"Because I am the oldest in the team, the boys couldn’t compete in any other relays.

"We lost a lot of points with that and we only did four relays.

"We were pretty tired, and we were probably in the pool until about 10pm that night, but it was really good competition."

The team extended thanks to coaches Blair Castelli and Kim Fiegert as well as Nicole Harris for their support and said they wouldn't have entered the competition with such a positive mindset without them.

"We would like to thank Kim Fiegert who came with us to Karratha and coach Blair Castelli for the amount of time and effort they have put into us," Maddie said.

"And Nicole Harris for making things happen and getting everything organised.

"We’re lucky - we have a really supportive side.

"A lot of the teams had really strict guidelines regarding what they could do that weekend but Mum was with us, too, and it was all very chill and we got to do what we wanted to.

"We went to the competition with a really good mindset because of them."