Wimmera swimmers up against state’s best
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.