Vics claim Gold Silver and Bronze at Comm Games

04 August 2022
Col Pearse 2022 Commonwealth Games
Written by: Swimming Victoria, Image: Commonwealth Games Australia

The swimming competition in Birmingham has come to an end with the Australian Dolphins Swim Team bringing home an incredible 65 medals, including 25 Gold, 21 Silver and 19 Bronze to finish well ahead on the medal tally.

Ashleigh McConnell was the first Victorian to dive in at the Sandwell Aquatic Centre. Competing in her second Commonwealth Games, the Melbourne Vicentre swimmer (coached by Seb Bettiol) finished 4th in the final of the Women’s 100m Freestyle S9 with her time 1:04.12.

Nunawading’s Col Pearse (coached by Jol Finck) added Commonwealth Gold to his growing list of accolades. He swam a personal best time of 56.91 in the Men’s 100m Butterfly S10 to claim the victory over teammate Alex Saffy.

In his Australian Dolphins debut, Melbourne Vicentre’s Sam Williamson (coached by Craig Jackson) turned heads. First up was the Men’s 100m Breaststroke where he clinched the Bronze in blistering pace with his personal best time 59.82.

He then qualified fastest for the hotly contested Men’s 50m Breaststroke final where he went head to head against hometown hero Adam Peaty. He pulled off an epic swim to claim Silver, hitting the wall at 26.97.

For full results click here.

Special mention also to Timothy Disken (coached by Damien Gogoll, PLC Aquatic & Martin Roberts, AIS) who was selected on the team but had to withdraw due to illness. We wish him all the very best with his recovery.

Congratulations to Ashleigh, Col, Sam and the entire Australian Dolphins Swim Team on their outstanding results at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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