New record in vic­tory

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

War­rackn­abeal swim­mer Lily Eldridge, 14, set a new state record while com­pet­ing in Coun­try All Ju­nior cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne.

The teenager, who swims for Bendigo East Swim­ming Club, qual­i­fied fastest in the 14-year girls 50-me­tre breast­stroke, set­ting the record, be­fore break­ing her time again in the fi­nal to win the event.

She also fin­ished first in 50-me­tre freestyle and back­stroke events and fourth in but­ter­fly.

Other Wim­mera swim­mers at the cham­pi­onships at Mel­bourne Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre also com­peted strongly.

Coun­try All Ju­niors con­sists of 50-me­tre events in but­ter­fly, back­stroke, breast­stroke and freestyle for age groups from eight and un­der to 14.

Saturday com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured semi-fi­nals with mul­ti­ple heats of each event to qual­ify swim­mers for fi­nals on Sunday.

Swim­mers had to achieve a time that put them in the top 10 for each event.

Wim­mera district had 22 swim­mers from War­rackn­abeal, Grampians, Hor­sham, Stawell and Ararat clubs com­pete in mul­ti­ple events.

Wim­mera com­peti­tors reg­is­tered 39 per­sonal-best times in semi-fi­nals, and four swim­mers made it through to fi­nals.

Mar­ley Suther­land, 9, of Ara- rat, gained two fi­nals berths and fin­ished 10th in but­ter­fly and eighth in back­stroke.

Hor­sham’s Jorja Clode, 10, was also in two fi­nals, plac­ing sev­enth in but­ter­fly and third in freestyle.

Hugo Hop­per, 10, from Hor­sham, was in the 10-years boys breast­stroke fi­nal, where he set a per­sonal-best time and won a sil­ver medal.

Dea­con Briggs, 13, also from Hor­sham, was in the 13-years boys breast­stroke fi­nal, where he fin­ished in sixth place.

SUC­CESS: Hor­sham swim­mers, from left, Hugo Hop­per, Jorja Clode and Dea­con Briggs per­formed well at state swim­ming ti­tles. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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