SASI clock up the big metres in Port Moresby

09 Jul 2018

SASI'S representatives in the Australian swim team which competed at the recent Oceania Swimming Championships in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, chalked up some serious metres and gained invaluable experience along the way.

Ethan Owens and Emily White gave everything for the Australian team, considered a development team, as it took on countries from the Oceania region.

Ethan, 21, produced a stunning performance in the pool and open water events with four gold medals from five events. He took out the 5km and 10km Open Water events, 1500m free and men's 4 X200m relay. He won silver in the 400m free. The open-water events bookended the program.

Incredibly Ethan of Marion Swimming Club finished in a deadheat with Aussie teammate Lachlan Colquhoun in the 5km Open Water event which was on day one - a finish Ethan says both swimmers were desperate to win.

"Eatly in the race we were keeping an eye on each other but in the last 3km we were going flat out trying to win," Ethan said.

"When the race finished we knew it was close and then they (judges) went to a video review which showed the deadheat.

"Lachy and me were roommates for the competition. At first I didn't think that was such a good thing having one of my opponents in the same room but it worked out really well."

The next four days headed to the pool before the final day's action saw seven swimmers line up for the gruelling 10km Open Water event - also won by Ethan  who beat Colquhuon by nearly 20 minutes.

Later that night the presentation dinner was held, including the medal awards for the 10Km Open Water event.

"I felt so exhausted but was on a high,'' Ethan of Glenelg North said.

"I had to make sure I was looking lively but I really was so tired.''

As if the week swimming in Port Moresby wasn't enough Ethan then headed straight to the Pan Pac Swimming trials in Adelaide where he competed in the 400m.

"I will just have a good rest now before working out what is next for me,'' Ethan said.

Emily of Norwood Swimming Club took part in at least eight events, singing the praises of the competition and event.

"The racing experience was different from anything I'd done previously so it was a great experience and good practice for hopefully more competitions like this in the future,'' Emily said.

"I really enjoyed the racing aspect and particularly enjoyed racing with new people who I have never raced before.

"My highlight was definitely my 800 on the last night of competition where I did nearly a seven seconds PB.

"My next competition is our state short course championships which I'm excited for as it will be less full on and more relaxed.''

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