ELIYAH Malkin won her first AJN Cup women’s open 100m race and set four new event records at the Speedo 70th NSW Jewish Swimming Championships last Sunday, while Kyron Israelsohn kept his younger competitors at bay to win his fourth straight men’s title.
This year’s championships were switched to a short course indoor pool at Des Renford Leisure Centre due to potential wet weather, making for a great atmosphere in the packed grandstand and also faster swimming times.
More than 115 swimmers aged between six and 54 entered the longest-running annual Jewish communal sports event in Australia, and 15 event records were broken.
Maccabi NSW Swimming Club president Anthony Goodridge described it as “a great community day” with everyone from mums, dads and kids diving in to have a crack.
“It was terrific to have Kyron back to defend his 100m title – he’s been coming to this meet since he was 10.
“It’s great for the younger swimmers to see experienced swimmers like him, and Eliyah, Gabi [Goodridge] and Ariella [Levy] competing in and supporting our meet.”
Ravenswood representative Malkin, 16, broke Lauren Piemer’s 2007 record to win her debut AJN Cup in 1:00.36.
Last year’s third-place getter, Maccabi’s Hannah Pajor, 15, won silver clocking 1:02.33, while 2019 champion, 17-year-old Kincoppal Rose Bay swimmer Gabi Goodridge, came third in 1:02.39.
Malkin said she enjoyed the switch to the indoor venue because she trains mostly in a short course pool.
“It was nice to win, and I always like this event because you get to catch up with friends in the community.
“At this time of year I’m trying to get my times down and prepare for the metros and state championships.
“I’m also enjoying being a mentor to younger swimmers at my club, and it’s great to see so many youngsters here.”
Malkin also broke event records in the 16 girls’ 50 fly (32.38), the 15-16 girls’ 50 backstroke (32.95), and the 16 girls’ 50 free (28.34).
Israelsohn, 23, sealed the men’s 100 free title with a 53.79 second swim. The Macquarie University rep was followed by Maccabi 18-year-old Adam Amoils (55.85) who came third last year, and 15-year-old UNSW swimmer Alex Thompson (56.62).
“My time wasn’t great, but I’m coming back from a few niggling injuries, so it’s great to have events like these that are officially timed to use as prep for the NSW Championships,” Israelsohn said.
“It’s always special to swim at a Jewish meet, and to see how the next generation of talent is coming through.”
Thompson was named 13+ swimmer of the meet, and Maccabi’s Jonathan Levy was named best 12 and under swimmer.