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Shepparton swimmers put up impressive performances

Shepparton Swimming Club members have enjoyed a successful Victorian Country Championships at Wodonga.

OLIVER CAFFREY January 28, 2014 4:10am

Shepparton Swimming Club members impressed at the Victorian Country Championships at Wodonga.

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’ 100m butterfly, winning the final by more than a half-a-second.

Swift also ensured he swims in another event at the Australian Age Championships this year by reaching the qualifying mark in the 100m freestyle, where he placed second in the final.

He also came away with a bronze in the open men’s 100m butterfly.

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 50m backstroke, coming away with a silver medal, while Jake Mackenna took out a bronze in the 18-and-over 50m butterfly and finished fifth in the open men’s 100m butterfly.

Carter Swift qualified for the Australian Age Championships after taking away a silver medal from the 14 to 15-year-old boys’ 100m freestyle.

Newcomer Connor Hangan made two championship finals, finishing fifth in the 50m butterfly, smashing his previous personal best time by five seconds during the meet.

He also came eighth in the under-11 boys’ 50m freestyle final on day two.

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’ 50m freestyle and finished 10th in the 50m backstroke.

The under-16 boys’ 4x50m relay of Nic Marwood, Nic Carroll and Brennan and Carter Swift also came away with a bronze medal.

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