Bronze for Max
WARWICK swimmer Max Ackermann has won his first national open swimming medal at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide.
The former Scots PGC College student and Warwick Swimming Club member swam the 50m backstroke final in 25.82 seconds on Thursday night.
His performance saw him take out the bronze medal, with an improvement of .21 seconds from the semi-finals, in which he was fourth fastest qualifier.
The competition in Adelaide kicked off last Thursday, with Ackermann also competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.
Mum Katie, who was in the rafters to watch her son compete, said both she and Max were pleased with his performance.
"He was really happy, that was a personal best in the heat and I think he got personal bests all the way through," Katie said.
"We are extremely proud of him and he hasn't done a personal best for a while so that has really lifted his rank.
"You can't ever be disappointed with a personal best, because you can only control what you do, not what others do."
Katie said her son was committed to training, spending 10 sessions in the water each week. But she said his competition calendar would slow down now following the Adelaide championships.
If the event was on the London Olympic program, Ackermann would have missed the team by one spot but with the event in next year's world titles and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he now has a chance to make his first open Australian team.