Shepparton Swimming Club members continue to produce swims of national quality.
Another strong contingent of racers took on the state’s finest at the Victorian Age Championships last week, with eight swimmers taking to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre pools across six days of competition.
While there were no truckloads of medals carted back up the Goulburn Valley Hwy this time around, the athletes still managed some top times and finals appearances.
Darcie Guthrie once again swam under the national qualifying time in the 15-year-old girls’ 200m breaststroke, recording 2:48.20 to beat it by 1.74 seconds, but missed a place in the final by one position.
The rising star also pushed the national benchmark in the 100m category, missing it by just .15 of a second and the final by two positions.
Sascha Jones also impressed during the event, making finals in two races and claiming top 20 finishes in her other two.
Fresh from a silver medal in the 50m backstroke at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide, Jones finished seventh in the state in the 14-year-old girls’ 50m freestyle and sixth in the 100m backstroke.
Harry Shortis had the largest workload of the week with five races, while Hume Hurley, Haidyn Symes, Oliver Guthrie, Emma Hurley and Kayla McFarlane also made the trip south.
Most swimmers recorded at least one personal best time for the championships, and will look to have a short break before kicking training up a few notches in preparation for the Victorian Country Championships on the Australia Day weekend.
The country event is the pinnacle of long course racing for regional swimmers in Victoria, and is expected to bring more than 600 swimmers to Aquamoves from January 26 to 28.
It will be the first time Shepparton has hosted the event since 2006, and the region’s stars will be keen to shine in their home pool.