Shepparton Swimming Club members have enjoyed a successful Victorian Country Championships at Wodonga.OLIVER CAFFREY January 28, 2014 4:10am
Shepparton Swimming Club capped a successful Victorian Country Championships at Wodonga by claiming an overall top-10 finish.
In the year’s biggest event for the club, Brennan Swift claimed gold in the 16 to 17-year-old boys’ 100
Swift also ensured he swims in another event at the Australian Age Championships this year by reaching the qualifying mark in the 100
He also came away with a bronze in the open men’s 100
Shepparton Swimming Club coach Willy O’Callaghan said the swimmers were able to achieve some good results, despite inclement weather on the opening morning of competition.
‘‘The kids went well, they were only a small team this year, with a few missing, but they swam pretty hard and fast in trying conditions at times,’’ O’Callaghan said.
‘‘Because it’s a 10-lane pool, they were able to put two extra people in each final, which gave more kids an opportunity.’’
Country Championships powerhouse Traralgon was the predictable overall runaway winner, winning by more than 1000 points, but Shepparton was not far behind larger clubs, such as Ballarat Gold and Bendigo Hawks.
Ashleigh Dunning narrowly missed out on claiming a gold medal in the 18-and-over 50
Carter Swift qualified for the Australian Age Championships after taking away a silver medal from the 14 to 15-year-old boys’ 100
Newcomer Connor Hangan made two championship finals, finishing fifth in the 50
He also came eighth in the under-11 boys’ 50
O’Callaghan said Hangan smashed his previous personal best time by seven seconds, while Oliver Guthrie, 9, placed fifth in his heat in the same event.
Guthrie’s older sister, Darcie, also secured a huge PB in the under-11 girls’ 50
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