Stars bound for nationals

April 15, 2017

Bound for Brisbane: Carter Swift (left), Hayley Hogan and Darcie Guthrie (right) will carry the hopes of the Shepparton Swimming Club at the Australian Age Championships next week in Brisbane.

All smiles: Finley Swimming Club member Sascha Jones will race in the 100m backstroke at the Australian Age Swimming Championships in Brisbane this week and has been training alongside the Shepparton representatives at Aquamoves.

Three talented young Shepparton Swimming Club members will embark tomorrow on a quest for national glory.

For club captain Hayley Hogan (seventh appearance) and seasoned star Carter Swift (fourth), the Australian Age Swimming Championships hold no fear, but for Darcie Guthrie it is a different story.

‘‘I’m not too bad yet, but as it’s getting closer I am getting pretty nervous,’’ Guthrie, 14, said.

‘‘I’m really excited just to go and have a go and see what happens.’’

Guthrie will compete in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, with the chance to better her swimming having great excitement for her.

‘‘I’ve come a long way this year and I’m going to a level I’ve never been before,’’ she said.

‘‘I just want to have a crack and see if I can get personal bests.’’

Hogan has had an interrupted lead-up to these championships with school and work commitments encroaching on her ability to train, but, along with Swift, she credits a new training regime with The Performance Project’s Sean Reidy for helping her get back in top shape.

‘‘After Year 12, I didn’t really think I would make it because I spent time on my studies and then went straight into my gap year to earn money for uni,’’ Hogan, 18, said.

‘‘Sean’s really good, I’ve definitely seen an improvement and I’ve only been there for about four weeks so far.’’

Qualifying for the 100m backstroke was a close thing for the 18-year-old, with the required time of 1.08.50 exactly the time she recorded.

‘‘It was pretty exciting to get right on the qualifying time when I got it,’’ she said.

‘‘It will be really exciting to be there again, I just scraped in, so I’ll give it everything I’ve got and we’ll see how we go.’’

Meanwhile, Swift will have the busiest week at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre from April 16 to 23 with the 18-year-old slated to compete in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke.

‘‘I’m more excited for the freestyle events because those are my main events, the others are sort of time fillers in a way, but hopefully I go well in those as well,’’ he said.

‘‘As much as you swim you have to manage your rest as well, so the recovery, the sleep between heats and finals and the sleep between days as well (will be important).’’

Swift also acknowledged the impact of Reidy’s program, but highlighted Shepparton as one of the best swimming clubs in the state.

‘‘Shepparton Swimming Club is becoming one of the better clubs in country Victoria,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully we’ll get that number one spot from Traralgon soon, but who knows what will happen there.’’

Also heading to the championships from the region is Finley Swimming Club member Sascha Jones.

Jones, 13, will race in the 100m backstroke event.

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