SASI Dolphins dominate in the pool at the Commonwealth Games
The South Australian Sport Institute’s (SASI’s) swimming superstars were unstoppable in Birmingham, serving up stellar performances and making significant contributions to Australia’s medal tally.
As a member of the Dolphin’s leadership team, Madi Wilson set the pace adding two gold medals, a bronze and a world record to her extensive list of accolades.
At her second Commonwealth Games, the SASI superstar got off to a great start by claiming bronze in the Women’s 200m Freestyle.
Wilson played a pivotal role in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay gold medal win, continuing Australia’s winning streak in this event since 1990.
The 28-year-old achieved back-to-back gold medals in Birmingham contributing to a world record breaking performance (7:39.29), alongside Kiah Melverton, Mollie O’Callaghan and Ariarne Titmus in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
Wilson took to Instagram after the event to express her excitement after the swim exclaiming, “Is this real life? This team, one dream! The best team I could ask for.”
On a star-studded squad, Meg Harris showed her talent securing silver on her Commonwealth Games debut.
Harris won the medal in the Women’s 50m Freestyle, competing against golden girl Emma McKeon and beating fellow Dolphin Shayna Jack within 24.32 seconds.
In his second Commonwealth Games appearance, Zac Incerti made a splash at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre alongside Flynn Southam, William Yang and fellow SASI swimmer Kyle Chalmers, to take the top spot in the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle.
The team punched through the water to set a new Commonwealth Games record time of 3:11.12.
Incerti also delivered a gold-winning, Games record-breaking performance in the Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay with the Aussies delivering a time of 7:04.960, beating England by more than two seconds.
Commonwealth Games debutant Matthew Temple managed to pull of an incredible feat on day five, taking out the top spot alongside swimming royalty Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeown and Zac Stubblety-Cook in Mixed 4x100m Medley, touching the wall at 3:41.30.
Temple gained another medal to add to his collection when he tied with England’s James Guy for silver in the Men’s 100m Butterfly.
Kyle Chalmers put on an exceptional display in water winning three gold and one silver medal throughout his Commonwealth Games stint.
Chalmers started his Birmingham campaign with a bang winning gold in the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle, the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle and the Men’s 100m Freestyle – an astonishing achievement!
After taking out the top spot on the podium in the Men’s 100m Freestyle, Chalmers dedicated the win to his supporters.
“Thank you all for the support and giving me the courage and strength to stand back up and do that tonight! That one was for you guys,” Chalmers said on Instagram.
Chalmers joined forces with Matt Temple, Zac Stubblety-Cook and Bradley Woodward on the final day of the swimming program, clinching the silver medal in the Men’s 4x100m Medley narrowly going down to England by 0.08 seconds.
The youngest member of SASI’s Birmingham squad, Para-swimmer Isabella Vincent, came awayin fifth place in both the Women's 100m Backstroke S8 the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB6 with impressive performances in the pool.
The 16-year-old has shown she has a bright future ahead of her in the sport.
Australia won a massive 65 medals in the pool in Birmingham with final swimming medal counting sitting at 25 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze.