Pearson High School swim sensations – and twin brothers – Mark and Marcell Muller, 15, were a huge success in the swimming pool at the annual Aquabear gala held at the Newton Park Swimming Pool at the beginning of the month.
Both boys qualified for Youth Nationals for the first time in both the 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke, with Marcell pipping Mark by about one second in each event.
Mark also had a great swim in the 200m individual medley, clocking a time of 2.19.14, narrowly missing the qualifying time.
“I must say, my toughest competition is my brother, and he beat me in the last race, so this time I’ll definitely be making a comeback,”Mark said.
Marcell had a great 100m butterfly race, coming home in 1.01.86, just short of the qualifying time of 1.01.26.
“I hope the youth weeks will be fun. I just want to improve my times and hopefully beat Mark,” Marcell said.
Their coach, St George’s Preparatory School teacher David Glover, said: “It hasn’t always been easy for them swimming against a twin brother, as often the one who used to be the faster brother lands up losing on race day, but they have learnt to celebrate each other’s successes.”
Both boys have also represented Eastern Province in biathlon, are great cross-country runners and recently did their Grade 7 piano exams.
They also play in the school band, sing in the choir and get involved in helping the community.
“The key to their success is their ability to balance having fun and putting in hard work,” Glover said.
“They are always very relaxed and chatty before races, but when they get into the pool, especially when they are swimming next to each other, they know how to bring it home.”