Sharks set to make a splash

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Hor­sham Swim­ming Club mem­bers are pre­par­ing to com­pete at Vic­to­rian Coun­try Short Course Cham­pi­onships at the week­end.

Hugo Hop­per, 10, Lily Bolton, 11, Dea­con Briggs, 13, Clau­dia Lanyon, 13, and Matthew Ough, 16, will be up against the state’s best young swim­mers at Wan­garatta.

Ovens and Mur­ray District Swim­ming As­so­ci­a­tion will host the meet at Wan­garatta In­door Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre.

Swim­mers will com­pete events across two days.

The events are timed fi­nals, mean­ing the fastest time for all heats wins the event.

To com­pete in Vic­to­rian short­course cham­pi­onships, swim­mers need to achieve strict qual­i­fy­ing times at des­ig­nated qual­i­fy­ing meets.

The new sea­son of­fi­cially started in July, how­ever, swim­mers have been back in the pool since the end of May get­ting them­selves com­pe­ti­tion fit.

Me­gan Hutchin­son, Ge­orgina Sta­ples, Des Bolton and Macken­zie Con­nelly have been guid­ing Hor­sham Sharks swim­mers at train­ing, help­ing ath­letes fine-tune tech­niques so that they can achieve qual­i­fy­ing times. in 81

Pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer He­len Wills said Dea­con, Lily and Matthew had all pre­vi­ously com­peted at short-course coun­try cham­pi­onships, while Clau­dia and Hugo would com­pete at this level for the first time.

“All the swim­mers have worked re­ally hard to achieve their qual­i­fy­ing times and are look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing at Wan­garatta,” she said.

“En­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence and gain­ing per­sonal best times will be the aim.”

Hor­sham com­peti­tors are – 11 and un­der: Hugo Hop­per, 50m breas­troke; Lily Bolton, 50m freestyle, 50m back­stroke, 50m breast­stroke, 50m but­ter­fly, 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 100m freestyle. 12-13 years: Dea­con Briggs, 100m freestyle, 100m back­stroke, 100m breast­stroke, 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley; Clau­dia Lanyon 100m freestyle, 100m breast­stroke. 16-17 years: Matthew Ough, 100m freestyle, 100m back­stroke, 100m breast­stroke, 100m but­ter­fly, 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 200m freestyle, 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

ON TAR­GET: Hor­sham Sharks swim­mers, from left, Clau­dia Lanyon, Lily Bolton, Hugo Hop­per, Dea­con Briggs and Matthew Ough will com­pete in Vic­to­rian Coun­try Short Course Cham­pi­onships at the week­end. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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