St Andrew’s College athletes Tomas Elliott (fr 2014) and Matthew Treloar (fr 2013) represented Australia in September at the 2015 FINA Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore. This event gathers world-class swimmers in a series of two-day meets across eight cities around the world. The circuit is structured in clusters (Middle East, Europe and Asia) and distributes a total of prize money reaching US$2 million. Elliott and Treloar were both selected to compete at this major tournament through achieving selection times at the Australian Swimming Championships earlier this year.
In Hong Kong, Elliott won a gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley, touching in front of Hungarian David Verraszto who placed 2nd at the World Championships earlier this year. Elliott also placed silver in the 400m Individual Medley achieving a personal best time and moving him up significantly in the world rankings. Next, he competed in Beijing’s Olympic Water Cube. In front of a sold-out crowd, he won two silvers in both the 200m and 400m Individual Medley.
Treloar came 2nd in the 50m and 4th in the 100m breaststroke in both Hong Kong and Singapore. In both of these events, he broke the NSW open swimming record and narrowly missed the gold, coming second to the current Olympic champion, Cameron Van Der Burg. This event also placed him against current World Record Holder Akihiro Yamaguchi and US Champion Kevin Cordes. These times put Treloar in an excellent position to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
They both have their eyes set on the Rio Olympic Games next year and are currently doing everything they can in and out of the pool to make this a reality. The support that St Andrew’s has provided has allowed both Elliott and Treloar to commit to a high performance approach whilst still enjoying the College life and pursuing academic goals.
– Matthew Treloar
Below: Tomas Elliott at the FINA Swimming World Cup 2015