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Benalla swimmers clock more personal bests

Nine personal bests were achieved by Benalla swimmers at the Victorian Sprint Championships in Melbourne last weekend.

February 20, 2014 4:17am

Benalla swimmers Lily Cooke, Cassidy Mailer, Maddison Mailer, Domi Lee enjoying themselves at Kyabrram.

Four Benalla swimmers achieved nine personal bests at the Victorian Sprint Championships in Melbourne last weekend.

Ryan Waddell, Lachlan Waddell, Harry Botta and Chelsea Mailer competed at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre among the fastest 50m sprinters in Victoria.

Botta swam a personal best in backstroke in 32.76seconds, and Ryan swam a personal best 31.57 in the 50m backstroke.

Lachlan achieved three personal bests — in the backstroke (33.83), butterfly (30.82) and freestyle (28.11).

Mailer also achieved personal bests in all her events: breaststroke (39.32), backstroke (34.88), butterfly (31.26) and freestyle (29.71). This was the first time she had swum the freestyle event in under 30seconds.

Two swimmers just missed the finals, with Ryan finishing 15th in open backstroke, and Mailer finishing 16th out of 77 competitors in her 15-year-old freestyle event.

Six swimmers also travelled to Kyabram earlier this month to compete at an encouragement meet and produced excellent times.

On a day so hot that the starting area had to be watered down, Caitlin Sinclair, Amelia and Domi Lee, Lily Cooke and Cassidy and Maddison Mailer braved the heat and all swam at least one personal best.

The girls brought home two gold, three silver and four bronze medals from the day.

Anybody interested in swimming with the Benalla Swimming Club is encouraged to come to the Benalla Aquatic Centre on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 4.15pm.

For more information phone Richard on 0429177044 or visit

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