Shepparton Swimming Club captain and star Brennan Swift has led his side to a strong Victorian Country Championship showing in Sale at the weekend.
Swift broke two country records on his way to collecting five individual medals and the Australia Day medallion in a dominant performance.
The Australia Day medallion is awarded to the swimmer with the most points on the day of the carnival that falls closest to January 26, an honour Swift claimed after a strong showing on day one of the meet, which included two individual gold and two relay silver medals.
Brother Carter Swift also broke a country record and snared four individual medals as Shepparton placed eighth overall.
In an extremely consistent performance, Shepparton collected six gold, six silver, five bronze and 16 placings between fourth and sixth across individual and relay events.
‘‘We’re extremely rapt with the performances of all of our swimmers,’’ club coach Michelle Swift said.
‘‘To come away with another top 10 this year is almost more than we could have hoped for.’’
With most of the club’s senior swimmers against each other in the open age group this year and the overall team down 10 members from last year’s sixth place, high levels of success seemed unlikely.
‘‘Our new swimmers did so well to push their personal bests and make finals that we thought were out of reach,’’ Swift said.
‘‘Kids like Hume Hurley getting his first country championships medal made us extremely happy as a club and allowed us to record such great results.’’
Club co-captain Hayley Hogan led the way for the female swimmers, taking home two individual medals.
Ollie Guthrie rounded out the club’s individual medal winners, joining Hurley with one of his own.
Club president Phil Guthrie cited the young swimmer’s performances as an indicator of the overall health of the club.
‘‘Obviously as a club with a few out and out stars you want to make sure the next wave are coming through so you aren’t just dependant on the top few,’’ Guthrie said.
‘‘To know how hard the kids worked and to see it pay off is just great for them and the club.’’