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Judd wins silver medal at swimming champs

Lara Judd won a silver medal at the Victorian Country Championships in Wodonga.

GEORDIE COWAN January 30, 2014 4:04am

Swimmers (from left) Hayley Holmes, Chris Uys, Bernard Uys and Lara Judd were finalists in the Victorian Country Championships in Wodonga. Photo supplied

A silver medal to Lara Judd highlighted a successful weekend for Echuca Swimming Club members at the Victorian Country Championships in Wodonga.

Echuca, among 40 clubs at the meet, was represented by eight swimmers, with Tom Holmes and Zach Ross experiencing their first country championships.

All swimmers had to meet qualifying times in their respective age groups.

Lara, competing in the 11 and under age group, finished runner-up in the 50m backstroke, taking more than three seconds off her personal best in the process.

New personal bests were a theme throughout the weekend, with all Echuca members recording at least one and 22 all together, while 11 finals were reached.

Lara also improved her times in the 50m freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke, qualifying for the finals in the latter two events.

The most consistent performance came from 12-year-old Bernard Uys, who was a finalist in all four disciplines.

His most impressive swim came in the 100m butterfly, where he took 5.5 seconds off his personal best to qualify for the final.

He improved again in the final, knocking off almost 10 seconds from his entry time.

‘‘It was a wonderful weekend,’’ coach Janyce Rosin said.

‘‘We had some great results, but it’s important to know that it’s not about winning, but how you perform on the day and over the weekend.

‘‘Not everyone’s going to win medals, but if you’ve gone and done your best and better than you’ve done before, it’s extremely pleasing as a coach to achieve that with these guys.’’

Rosin said the country championships were a good lead-in event to the Victorian Sprint Championships on February 8 and 9 in Melbourne.

For information about ESC, phone president Nicole Judd on 0428999862 or email the club at


Chris Uys, boys, 13 and under: 200m individual medley (23rd, 2:52.23 PB), 100m freestyle (16th, 1:07.82), 100m backstroke (10th, 1:18.19 PB), 100m butterfly (eighth, 1:15.10 PB).

Tom Holmes, boys, 11 and under: 50m backstroke (12th, 41.27 PB), 50m freestyle (23rd, 35.35 PB).

Zach Ross, boys, 11 and under: 50m backstroke (18th, 42.28 PB), 50m freestyle (27th, 35.34 PB), 50m butterfly (tied 23rd, 42.72 PB), 50m breaststroke (18th, 47.48).

Nicole Woods, girls, 14-15: 100m breaststroke (27th, 1:29.77 PB), 100m backstroke (17th, 1:18.17), 100m butterfly (30th, 1:20.02).

Bernard Uys, boys, 12: 100m freestyle (sixth, 1:07.71 PB), 100m breaststroke (sixth, 1:26.50 PB), 100m butterfly (fourth, 1:13.98 PB), 100m backstroke (seventh, 1:22.13 PB).

Luke Judd, boys, 14-15: 100m backstroke (19th, 1:13.07), 100m butterfly (16th, 1:08.16 PB), 200m individual medley (22nd, 2:38.37 PB), 100m freestyle (26th, 1:01.82 PB).

Hayley Holmes, girls, 12: 100m breaststroke (fifth, 1:30.55 PB), 100m backstroke (eighth, 1:21.70 PB).

Lara Judd, girls, 11 and under: 50m backstroke (second, 36.48 PB), 50m freestyle (13th, 34.17 PB), 50m butterfly (sixth, 36.62 PB), 50m breaststroke (ninth, 45.08 PB).

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