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Benalla swimmers set new personal bests

Seven Benalla swimmers recorded impressive results at the Victorian Country Championships last month.

February 13, 2014 4:19am

Harry Botta, Chelsea Mailer, and Ryan Waddell (left to right) at the Australia Day swimming competition.

The Australia Day long weekend saw seven Benalla swimmers travel to Wodonga to compete in the 2014 Victorian Country Championships.

This competition is the pinnacle of country swimming in Victoria, with more than 700 swimmers from across country Victoria racing at the new Waves pool at Wodonga.

Ryan Waddell, Charlie Boyd, Harry Botta and Chelsea Mailer competed in individual events, while Nicole Barrow, Caitlin Sinclair and Victoria Stock competed as a part of a Benalla relay team.

There were some great swims during the weekend, with Botta swimming a personal best in the 16-17 years 100m backstroke in 1:11.49.

Waddell found something extra to swim a PB in the open 50m freestyle, going under 27 seconds (26.95) for the first time.

Boyd was swimming in his first country championship and competed admirably in the 100m breaststroke.

Mailer finished fourth in the final of the girls’ 14-15 years 100m backstroke in a PB of 1:13.52. She was fifth in the 100m butterfly with a PB of 1:09.19.

Mailer narrowly missed the final (13th) by 0.25 of a second in the 100m freestyle with a PB of 1:04.59, and made the final in the 200m medley.

The Benalla girls’ 16-and-under 200m freestyle relay (Barrow, Sinclair, Stock and Mailer) competed fiercely and although they achieved a PB and beat their Shepparton rivals, they did not place.

Overall the meet was a great success and provided a combination of new experiences and nail-biting finals action to fuel the motivation of swimmers for the Victorian Short Course Championships which will be held in Shepparton on August 16 and 17.

The Benalla Swimming Club is running several ‘come and try’ sessions for anyone interested in swimming with the club.

These free sessions will be held at Benalla Aquatic Centre’s 50m pool, with YMCA providing free entry to the pool. The sessions are from 4.15pm to 5.15pm on Tuesday, February 11, Thursday, February 13, Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 20.

More information on joining the club and squad training times will be provided at these sessions, or phone Richard Mailer on 0429717044.

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