Esperance Sea Dragons Swim Club win 12 medals at country championships

Maddilyn McGrinder, Ben Murgatroyd and Bailey Fiegert with Paralympian Joshua Hofer at the 2020 Country Sunsmart Championships at HBF Stadium. Photo: Esperance Sea Dragons Swimming Club.
Maddilyn McGrinder, Ben Murgatroyd and Bailey Fiegert with Paralympian Joshua Hofer at the 2020 Country Sunsmart Championships at HBF Stadium. Photo: Esperance Sea Dragons Swimming Club.

Esperance swimmers proved to be among the best in the state when they took to the water for the 2020 Country Sunsmart Championships on January 3.

The three-day competition drew country talent from across WA, with the Esperance Sea Dragons Swim Club beating Kalgoorlie and Kambalda for a spot after a qualifying win in December.

The team was represented by local stars Ben Murgatroyd, Maddilyn McGrinder and Bailey Fiegert, who took home an impressive 12 medals and each swam personal bests in almost all of their events.

Despite being one of the smallest of the 26 clubs in the competition, Coach Kim Fiegert said the team finished strong in 13th place.

"Their times were really good, we came away with 12 medals in total from the three swimmers, which was pretty excellent," she said.

"They all swam their personal bests and shaved two seconds off their times and that is a lot in swimming terms."

Ms Fiegert said her competitors continued to impress with their great attitude and camaraderie.

"They are fantastic kids and they push each other to do the best they can," she said.

The club will next compete in Geraldton at the WA Country Pennants in March.

Murgatroyd will represent the club at the national 2020 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships in April.