Warrnambool swimmers bound for state titles

WARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club members are bound for the state junior long course championships after a series of impressive performances in their opening event of the season.

Five swimmers posted state qualifying times at the Warrnambool-hosted event at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre last weekend.

Coach Jayson Lamb said Blake Turner (13 years’ 50-metre and 100m freestyle), Thomas Buckley (13 years’ 100m backstroke), Rhys Kent (12 years’ 100m backstroke), Fraser Harrison (16 years’ 100m and 200m backstroke) and Georgina Vallance (13 years’ 200m individual medley) all qualified for next month’s state championships.

Blake missed the national championships’ qualifying mark by half a second in the 50m freestyle and one second in the 100m freestyle, while Fraser was a second outside the national mark in both his events.

Holly Windahl (12 years’ 100m backstroke) was within a second of the state mark, while Lamb said eight-year-old Vicki McPhee (50m freestyle) and 12-year-old Lauren Wrigley (100m freestyle) shaved significant times off their personal bests.

“For the majority of our swimmers, it was the first long course meet of the season,” Lamb said.

“I was really, really happy with their performances.”

He said the club was expecting to take a big contingent of swimmers to the state championships, with several opportunities to better the qualifying times coming in future weeks.

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