Isaac Jones in action at the Australian Swimming Championships.WARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club (WSC) head coach Jayson Lamb admits he was blown away by the club’s performance at the 2012 Australian Swimming Championships.
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All WSC competitors slashed their personal best times at the national titles in Adelaide with the exception of Michael Paulka, who was only 0.01 seconds off recording his quickest time in the 50-metre backstroke.

“They’ve all put in the hard yards and they’ve got the rewards for it,” Lamb said.

A highlight was 16-year-old Isaac Jones progressing to a semi-final in the 200m butterfly after producing a two-second personal best in the heats (2:03.50).

After his semi-final, the Warrnambool swimmer was ranked an impressive 16th in the country for the event.

“The 2.03 and to make the semi-final was fantastic,” Lamb said.

“Even if he didn’t make the semi, we were still rapt by that time.

“It’s very slick for a 16-year-old.”

Lamb said he spoke to the national youth coach about Jones last year.

“He’s on the radar,” he said.

“It’s just about keeping an eye on him and keeping an eye on his program to make sure he’s doing the right things.”

The coach was pleased that the WSC members all rose to the challenge of competing against the country’s best.

“They weren’t overwhelmed by it,” he said.

“For Kirra Umbers, that was her first big major meet and she handled the situation really well.

“She just blitzed her heat.

“Over 50 metres, a full second PB is pretty big.”

Umbers, 14, contested the 50m backstroke, clocking in at 31.47 seconds.

Lamb said older members Josh Sobey and Jack and Michael Paulka were keen to resume training after a break, while Melody Keath and Jordan Logan would potentially take longer breaks due to travel and university commitments respectively.

The younger members who competed — Jones, Umbers and Dylan Lee — are focused on their preparation for the Australian Age Championships in Brisbane next month.

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