Eldridge, Wills ex­cel

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Two Wim­mera swimmers ac­quit­ted them­selves well at Swimming Vic­to­ria’s Age Cham­pi­onships at Mel­bourne Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre.

War­rackn­abeal’s Lily Eldridge and Hor­sham’s Eloise Wills con­tested the cham­pi­onships, which are open to all Vic­to­rian swimmers – metropoli­tan and coun­try – who have met or beaten qual­i­fy­ing times at spe­cific meets in the lead-up to the event.

Wim­mera district swimmers com­peted in meets at venues such as Gee­long, Bal­larat or Mel­bourne to qual­ify.

Heats are con­tested in the morn­ing ses­sion and the 10 fastest swimmers progress to the fi­nals, which are in the evening on the same day.

Lily, 14, qual­i­fied in four events for her age group, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 100m breast­stroke and 100m back­stroke.

She set three new per­sonal bests in 100 freestyle, breast­stroke and back­stroke.

Lily was the ninth fastest in the 100m breast­stroke heats and went on to com­pete in the fi­nal, where she fin­ished ninth.

Lily said she had spent count­less hours in the pool train­ing and to reach a fi­nal at this level was a re­ward for the sac­ri­fices she and her fam­ily had made.

Eloise, 12, qual­i­fied in six events for her age group – 100m back­stroke, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 200m back­stroke, 50m freestyle and 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

She set two new per­sonal best times in 100m back­stroke and 200m freestyle.

Eloise said she en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence, but strug­gled to back up af­ter a sil­ver medal-win­ning per­for­mance at the Pa­cific School Games in Ade­laide the pre­vi­ous week.

Both girls, along with other swimmers from the district, will spend time over the hol­i­day break pre­par­ing for Swimming Vic­to­ria’s Coun­try Cham­pi­onships, which will be in Shep­par­ton from Jan­uary 26 to 28.

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