Wim­mera swim­mers up against state’s best

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Three tal­ented Wim­mera swim­mers will go up against the state’s best at Victorian Age Short Course Cham­pi­onships.

Hor­sham Swim­ming Club’s Matthew Ough and Eloise Wills and War­rackn­abeal Swim­ming Club’s Lily Eldridge will be among swim­mers from metropoli­tan and coun­try clubs com­pet­ing in 160 events at Mel­bourne Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre.

The cham­pi­onships are open to all reg­is­tered Victorian swim­mers who achieve qual­i­fy­ing times.

Hor­sham Swim­ming Club pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer He­len Wills said the club was proud to have two mem­bers rep­re­sent the Sharks at the pres­ti­gious event.

“To make the age cham­pi­onships is a big deal,” she said.

“The qual­i­fy­ing times swim­mers have to achieve to reach this level are faster than what swim­mers had to make to en­ter the re­cent Victorian Short Course Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at Wan­garatta.

“Coun­try cham­pi­onships are only for coun­try swim­mers, whereas age cham­pi­onships are for both metro and coun­try swim­mers.”

Matthew will com­pete in the 16-years di­vi­sion af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for 50-me­tre freestyle and 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley events.

Eloise has qual­i­fied for seven events in the 12-years age cat­e­gory: 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m back­stroke, 100m breast­stroke, 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley and 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

“This will be Eloise’s first time com­pet­ing at age short-course cham­pi­onships,” Mrs Wills said. “She is look­ing for­ward to the com­pe­ti­tion, as well as catch­ing up with friends.

“Matthew is also look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of com­pet­ing at this level.”

Mrs Wills said Eloise did not com­pete in Wan­garatta due to state net­ball com­mit­ments in Mel­bourne.

Lily has qual­i­fied for six events in the 13-years di­vi­sion: 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m breast­stroke, 200m breast­stroke and 100m back­stroke.

Matthew and Lily will com­pete at the week­end, with the 13-18 year age groups to take to the pool from Fri­day to Sun­day.

The 11 and un­der and 12-years age groups will com­pete as part of open short-course cham­pi­onships on Septem­ber 16 and 17.

Matthew Ough

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