Year 9 student breaks Thorpe record


Story courtesy Hills Shire Times

Breaking a record set by Ian Thorpe has to be a great motivator for Vincent Dai and breaking the champion swimmer's record was something he will cherish.

At the NSW Metropolitan Swimming Championships on July 15 at Sydney Olympic Park, Vincent swam his fastest race ever and clocked 51.15sec in the 100m freestyle event.

Vincent, who is the Hills Shire Times Junior Sports Star nominee this week, broke Thorpe's record, which he set at 51.90sec when he was 14 in 1997.

"I was thrilled with the swim. It does motivate me to do better," the Cherrybrook Carlile Swimming Club member said.

The Knox Grammar year 9 student has been swimming competitively for more than three years.

On Friday, Vincent, of Pennant Hills,  went on a three-day camp in Canberra with the NSW Emerging Talent Squad.

"I've been training roughly six sessions a week. I am now looking to compete in the State Age Championships at the end of August at Sydney Olympic Park."

His coach, Andrew Taufer, of Cherrybrook-Carlile Swimming Club said his swim at the Metropolitan Championship last weekend was commendable.