It may only be slivers of a second, but these will be the improvements four Shepparton Swimming Club swimmers will be chasing at the 2013 Victorian Open Championships beginning tomorrow.HANNAH DRISCOLL January 10, 2013 4:10am
Brennan Swift, Ashleigh Dunning and Kalen Swift will head to Melbourne to compete in the Victorian Open Championships.
It may only be slivers of a second, but these will be the improvements four Shepparton Swimming Club swimmers will be chasing at the 2013 Victorian Open Championships beginning tomorrow.
Tom Houston, Ashleigh Dunning, Kalen Swift and Brennan Swift will take part in the three-day championships at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Between them they will contest a dozen events, led by 18-year-old Dunning in the 50
Houston, 20, has qualified for the 50
Unlike the Victorian Age Champions held at MSAC prior to Christmas, the Victorian Open Championships are open to all ages provided they meet strict qualifying times.
Among the competitors will be Olympic gold medallist and Australian Swimmer of the Year Alicia Coutts, gold medallist Melanie Schlanger and other Olympians, as well as international competitors from Japan, Scotland and New Zealand.
Some swimmers will be chasing qualifying times for national events, while others will be racing for personal bests.
Shepparton coach Michelle Swift said the four swimmers were looking to make slight improvements on their PBs by racing in the top Victorian competition.
‘‘There’s very, very small improvements that they want to make — need to make — to get to where they want to go, so we’re hoping this week it’ll be a good opportunity for them,’’ Swift said.
‘‘This is one of their major events. If they make finals, that’s huge because you are in the top 10 in the state.
‘‘These guys are outside chances for finals in some events, some they’re not, but they’ll give it their best shot.’’
Following the championships, Shepparton Swimming Club will turn its focus to the Victorian Country Championships in Sale from January 25-27.
Swift said the quartet was ‘‘primed’’ for this week’s challenge.
‘‘We’re trying to get them ready at the moment for it and again in two weeks’ time we’ve got our major Victoria country event,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a big ask asking them to be up for this one and then they’re going to go again in a couple of weeks.
‘‘If they can do (PBs) this weekend it puts them in good stead for next couple of weeks.’’
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The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
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A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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