New record in victory
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