Rising SASI star hits spotlight as the Kyle show continues

15 Apr 2019

Brittany Castelluzzo

IT IS a given these days that the name Kyle Chalmers and gold medals go hand-in-hand.

Last week the Chalmers' name was up in lights as he made it a clean sweep of individual events at the Australian Swimming Championships at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

There, he won gold medals in the men's 100m fly, 50m free, 100m free and 200m free. He also teamed with Travis Mahoney, Josh Palmer and Paul Elson to win a silver medal in the men's 4X100m medley.

After the 200m victory Chalmers, 20, said he was pleased with the way he was tracking.

"It has been a big week but I'm happy with what I have achieved,'' Chalmers said.

"I'm still learning how to do it (race 200m). I just wanted to put together a good, solid race and I think I did that."

Madi Wilson also won bronze in the 100m backstroke, while James McKechnie made the 50m final.

But it was a sterling swim from 18-year-old SASI scholar Brittany Castelluzzo which caught the eye of commentators calling the women's 200m butterfly final.

Brittany powered home late to grab a silver medal, behind Laura Taylor, with the urgings of the SA supporters in her ear.

A member of Tea Tree Gully Swimming Club under the coaching of Georgine Luscombe, Brittany enjoyed a breakout meeting with a bronze in the 17-18 women's 200m free and an equal fourth in the 100m fly.

Brittany, of Athelstone and an Uni SA occupational therapy student, said she was thrilled with her results and the experience of top competition.

"Leading into the 200m (fly) race I was ranked fifth but it wasn't until the last 50m of the final when I saw just Laura (Taylor) in front of me that I thought I was going to get a medal," Brittany said.

"Being there (at the titles) was an amazing experience and to be able to race and see the Olympians was great. Also to have a couple of PBS and medals was good.

"Now it is back to serious training with about eight weeks to go to the world trials. I have had so much support from SASI, my coaches, family and friends.''

Coach Luscombe said she was trilled with Brittany's results and work.

"For Brittany to be on the national stage was awesome," Luscombe said.

"She has to get down a few seconds to challenge the times she will need and a few bits and pieces to tweak.

"You could just see she lifted when people came to watch and cheer for her. She is a very talented athlete. I am confident she will make an Australian team in time to come.

"I think she's up to the challenge. It is really great to have such support from SASI, staff and coaches.''

The  athletes will be aiming to peak for the Australian Swimming Trials in Brisbane between June 9 and 14. Those trials will then form the Australian team which will compete at the FINA Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, between July 12-28.

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