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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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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