Swimmers set their sights on Games glory

BEN Tuxford is seeking the crowning achievement for Liverpool Swimming Club.

The head coach wants to get Commonwealth Games representatives at Glasgow this year.

If it doesn't happen this time, he will aim for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast or for future Olympics.

The Glasgow Games are being held from July 23 to August 3.

Tuxford said his aim is to see Liverpool Swimming Club become No.1 club in Sydney's south-west.

"We have 150 swimmers in our squads that train at the Whitlam Leisure Centre and there is a lot of potential and talent," Tuxford said.

The national titles double as the official Commonwealth Games selection trials and will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from April 1 to April 6.

After that are the national age titles from April 14 to April 19 at Sydney Olympic Park.

"We should have a dozen representatives at the national age titles," Tuxford said.

Tuxford said three swimmers to watch at these titles are Paige Chandler, 15, Kate Diamond, 16, and Daniel Taiba, 16.

Tuxford said the best years are yet to come for these three.

They won all won medals at the recent NSW State Age Swimming Championships.

Tuxford said Daniel had his best ever meeting, winning a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke. He was a finalist in the 200 metres breaststroke, the 200 metres individual medley, the 400 metres individual medal and the 200m freestyle events in his age group.

"Daniel achieved national age title qualifying times and several personal bests," Tuxford said.

For her age group, Paige Chandler won a silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly and was a finalist in the 200 metres butterfly, recording personal best times in both races.

Kate Diamond, back in the pool this season after a shoulder reconstruction operation, won a silver in the 400 individual medley and bronze in the 200 metres breaststroke.

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