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Gold medal haul for Echuca swimmers

Echuca Swimming Club’s Josh Kennedy and Brad Mellington came home with plenty of medals from the Victorian Country Long Course Championships.

February 1, 2013 4:12am

CJosh Kennedy and Brad Mellington.


Echuca Swimming Club’s Josh Kennedy and Brad Mellington have brought home gold medals from the recent Victorian Country Long Course Championships.

Kennedy and Mellington were part of an 11-strong squad from Echuca, as well as head coach Janyce Rosin, who travelled to the championships on January 25 to 27 in Sale.

Swimming in the 13-year-old category, Kennedy reached four finals from his five swims.

He won gold medals in the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke, which included breaking the event record in the backstroke and narrowly missed the record for the other.

He also gained a silver medal in the 100m freestyle event and finished fifth in the 200m individual medley, slicing eight seconds off his personal best.

In his final event, he placed 11th in the 100m breaststroke.

Mellington made four finals from his six individual swims.

He won gold in the open 100m backstroke event in a sensational finish, narrowly missing breaking the event record.

He won silver in the 200m backstroke and a bronze in the 50m backstroke in a swim which could have seen any of the three placegetters get gold, while he also finished fifth in the 400m freestyle final.

Louis Spencely reached four finals from his six swims.

He finished an impressive fifth in the open 200m freestyle and eighth in each of the open 200m butterfly, open 100m butterfly and the 16-17 years 100m freestyle.

He was also emergency for the 16-17 years 100m butterfly event.

Hayley Holmes made a final in her 11 years and under 50m breaststroke event, finishing sixth with a personal best time.

She also finished with two personal best times in the 50m backstroke and freestyle events.

Bernard Uys made three finals from his four swims in the 11 and under events of 50m backstroke, freestyle and butterfly.

He finished fifth and seventh in his finals.

Bernard also achieved four personal best times over the weekend, taking six seconds off his backstroke time.

Chris Uys made a final in the 12-year-old 100m butterfly.

He also finished 12th in the 100m freestyle and 14th in the 100m backstroke event.

Oscar Reid narrowly missed finals in the 13 years 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke events, placing ninth in each of these events.

He also achieved three personal best times over the weekend.

Nicole Woods swam in three events over the weekend in the 13-year-old 100m breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, finishing in the top 20 in competitive fields.

Tessa Mellington swam in the 16-17 girls and open 100m backstroke events, finishing in the top 20 in her age group, while Jack McNamara competed in the 16-17 boys 100m freestyle event.

The open freestyle relay team comprising Spencely, Mellington, Kennedy and McNamara finished eighth in the timed finals.

They finished 14th in the open medley relay, with Reid swimming along with Kennedy, Mellington and Spencely.

The 14 and under boys medley relay team of Reid, Kennedy and Bernard and Chris Uys finished 11th.

Overall, the club finished 10th out of the 26 swimming clubs which took part, with the boys finishing fifth overall in the rankings.

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