Dunedin swimmer Phoebe Williams finished the transtasman
series on a high note by winning a silver medal in the 800m
freestyle in Canberra at the weekend.
Williams (16), a pupil at St Hildas Collegiate, swam a
personal-best short-course time of 8min 41.45sec, 3sec faster
than the time she set in the first meeting of the series in
She was just 0.16sec behind winner Jessica Ashwood, from
This swim was worth 838 Fina points and would have ranked
Williams 91st in the world based on the 2008-09 rankings.
This was a superb swim by a 16-year-old who is not expected
to reach her peak for another five years.
Williams had two other top swims in Canberra, in the 400m
freestyle and the 400m individual medley.
She won the bronze medal in the 400m freestyle in 4min
This was slightly slower than the personal-best time of 4min
18.40sec she posted at the Melbourne meet.
Williams recorded a personal-best time in the 400m individual
medley when she came fourth in 4min 55.37sec, fractionally
faster than her time in Wodonga on Wednesday.
Williams ended the series with six personal-best times from
her seven swims and won a silver and two bronze medals.
Three of her swims were worth 800 or more Fina points, which
pleased her coach, Andy Adair.
"It was awesome swimming by Phoebe against the best young
swimmers in Australia and New Zealand," he said.