Local open water swimming sensation Morgan Morffew went for a swim today with Team USA, ahead of the WOW Challenge and Victorian Open Water Championships in Williamstown tomorrow.
The promising 16-year-old swimmer met Mijic Petra, Katy Campbell and Jordan Wilimovsky at Williamstown Beach, an opportunity to size up his competition in Wilimovsky, a US World Champion and winner of the 2015 Victorian Open Water Swimming Championship.
The swim was organised by Jason Bryce who runs the local open water clinics in Williamstown on a Saturday, in conjunction with the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club.
It’s been a busy few months for Morffew, competing in The Murray Quad, Point Lonsdale RipView Classic, South Aus Open Water Champs in Adelaide and the Vic Open Water Champs in Williamstown tomorrow, but Morffew says tomorrow is just the beginning.
“They were lead up swims for the event tomorrow. After tomorrow I have the Great Victorian Swim Series that runs over the Christmas break and Nationals in late January, so I guess the heavy racing season begins tomorrow,” said Morffew.
Morffew recently came first in The Murray Quad and third overall in the Men’s 5km at the South Aus Open Water Champs in Adelaide, a personal best and result he was more than happy with.
“To date this was my best finish at a national championship,” said Morffew.
Tomorrow’s swim at Williamstown is in the lead up to the Nationals in late January, an event where Swimming Australia picks two male swimmers to travel to Dubai to compete in the Junior World Championships, a goal that Morffew has been working towards all year.
“I train with Melbourne H2O at the Prahran Aquatic Centre and Melbourne High. We train eight sessions a week for approximately 40 km. We also do a little gym training,” said Morffew.
That is a lot of kilometres for a 16-year-old, but the open water swimming sensation is not going it alone and has plenty of support behind him.
“My coach Michal Skrodzki from Melbourne H2O has helped me so much and Jason Bryce is basically my open water coach. He does so much for the mussels swimming group,” said Morffew.
“I have also had great support form the Aqua Shop in South Melbourne, particularly Nicole Graham, as well as TYR Sport Australia who supply me the latest race suits and equipment.”
Morgan Morffew will be competing in the Swimming Victoria 7.5 km race and the WOW 1.2 km race at the Victorian Open Water Championships at Williamstown Beach from 8am tomorrow. For more information, visit the Swimming Victoria website.