Shepparton's Hayley Hogan and Brennan Swift have mixed it with the best and won bronze medals at the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships.By Marc McGowan
Two of Shepparton’s most promising swimmers proved their worth on the national stage in Adelaide last week.
Hayley Hogan returned from the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships with two bronze medals and a fourth placing, while Brennan Swift won a bronze and twice finished fourth.
Hogan, 15, was just three-hundredths of a second off a third bronze medal in the 15-and-16-year-old girls’ 100
Her bronze medal swims were in her age group 50
‘‘I was stoked to get it in the 50
‘‘It was an awesome week and it’s good to go away with a different team. You’re with all the country kids, because most of the city kids don’t go to it.
‘‘It’s a bit different to age nationals, because it’s run by School Sport Australia, but the pressure is still on and there is a heap of good swimmers who are really fast.’’
Hogan expected her times to improve once she was able to train in Aquamoves’ outdoor 50
Swift, 16, was pleased to win an individual medal in the 15-and-16-year-old boys’ 50
‘‘Third is still good, but a 15-year-old (Kyle Chalmers) smashed us. He was a really developed kid and we couldn’t keep up with him — he won everything,’’ Swift said.
‘‘The experience was even better than I thought and I want to do it again next year. It was good to see all my friends from swimming.
‘‘It was a great opportunity and I haven’t been in a big team before and they were all cheering. Team Vic was the loudest state at cheering.’’
Swift’s personal-best time of 58.5
He also came fourth in the 200
Both swimmers will have a week off training during the school holidays before taking aim at the Victorian Age Championships in December.
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