War­ragul’s awe­some four­some

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORT -

War­ragul Swim­ming Club took an­other step for­ward in Vic­to­rian swim­ming re­cently, with four ath­letes qual­i­fy­ing to con­test the Aus­tralian Age Swim­ming Cham­pi­onship to be held in Ade­laide in April next year.

Con­test­ing Gipp­s­land Swim­ming’s first long course meet of the sea­son in per­fect con­di­tions in their home pool at War­ragul, the clubs un­der 14 boys 4x50 me­tre med­ley team recorded a na­tional qual­i­fy­ing time of 2:02:66 to book a place in the na­tional cham­pi­onships in April next year.

The swim, com­pleted by Cal­lum Hal­lo­ranLavelle (back­stroke leg), An­ton Risch (breast­stroke), Ben Fran­cis (but­ter­fly) and Ri­ley Grif­fin (freestyle), also smashed the pre­vi­ous Gipp­s­land record of 2:04:11, held by the Trar­al­gon club since 2013.

A Mel­bourne swim­ming of­fi­cial with pre­vi­ous ties to Gipp­s­land be­lieves it may be the first time a Gipp­s­land re­lay team has qual­i­fied for the na­tional event.

Ri­ley Grif­fin capped a good meet to also gain a boy’s 14-year-old na­tional time in the 100m freestyle, swim­ming a time of 57.09.

It is be­lieved to be the first time War­ragul swim­mers have qual­i­fied for na­tion­als in 16 years, with Ri­ley be­lieved to be the first ath­lete in club his­tory to con­test as an in­di­vid­ual in the freestyle.

With the launch of the new touch­pads spon­sored by Drouin and District Com­mu­nity Bank, 290 swim­mers from across Gipp­s­land con­tested the long course event.

The club be­lieves the new touch­pads will help at­tract other ma­jor events on the swim­ming cal­en­dar.

With time re­main­ing to set qual­i­fi­ca­tion times for the na­tion­als, the War­ragul club is hope­ful it may have more ath­letes qual­ify for the cham­pi­onships.

The club thanked its spon­sors for their con­tin­ued sup­port.

Marist Sion’s Pa­trick Ire­land shows dis­ap­point­ment with his dis­missal.

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