Shepparton swimmer Hayley Hogan has recorded two top-20 finishes and personal bests at the Australian Short Course Championships.By Marc McGowan
Practice hasn’t quite made perfect, but Shepparton teenager Hayley Hogan is reaping the benefits of her dedication in the pool.
Hogan, 15, displayed her improvement on her starts and turns in recording two top-20 finishes at last week’s Australian Short Course Championships in Sydney.
‘‘It was awesome to go away with the open team and I went in and just wanted to do my best and try to get a PB and see what I could do,’’ she said.
‘‘My starts and turns are a lot better than they have been, but there is still improvement there.
‘‘I suppose it’s just come from practising it over and over in training and working with the coaches.’’
Hogan, who swims for Melbourne club Nunawading, clocked 29.57
Both were personal-best times, as was her 2:19.98 effort in the 200
Hogan also competed for Nunawading’s B-team in the women’s 4
She has started incorporating gym sessions into her training and she now does some sort of work nine times a week.
‘‘It’s a full-body workout. I was a bit sore at first, but it’s really good and I have a strength and conditioning coach and he gives me a program,’’ Hogan said,
‘‘I like going to the gym and travelling to Melbourne (for some of my training).’’
Three Shepparton Swimming Club members also contested the Australian Short Course Championships.
Jake MacKenna, 22, and Brennan Swift, 16, finished 44th and 56th, respectively, in the 50
Swift was the second-fastest 16-year-old in the event.
Tom Houston powered his way to strong performances in the 50
The 20-year-old slashed three-tenths of a second off his previous best time in placing 28th in the one-lap event in 29.56, while his 1:04.73 swim in the 100
The racing schedule continues this week with the Victorian Age Short Course Championships, which goes from Friday to Sunday.
Hogan and Swift, among other Shepparton swimmers, will be in action at the meet and part of the Victorian team at the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Adelaide from September 8 to 14.
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