FRASER Harrison wants to replicate his Warrnambool form when he takes to the Port Fairy beach for the second leg of the Shipwreck Coast Swim Series.
Fraser, 16, was the first junior male across the line and clocked the fourth fastest time overall in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Warrnambool Swimming Club member said it was his best result in the annual three-leg series and gave him the confidence to push for another top-five finish at Port Fairy on Saturday.
Fraser completed the 1.4-kilometre Warrnambool swim in 17 minutes and 40 seconds.
Winner Isaac Jones won in 16.02, while Fraser raced to the line in a battle with twins Jack and Michael Paulka.
Jack Paulka (17.34) was second and Michael Paulka (17.39) third.
Fraser said he swam regularly with the top three and was thrilled with his time.
“I was quite surprised actually. I was hoping to go under 20 minutes,” he said. The Paulka brothers of Port Fairy have returned to Melbourne and won’t defend their podium finishes on Saturday.
Fraser said he enjoyed the Moyneyana Ocean 1.2-kilometre swim at Port Fairy
“I’d like to be in the top five — it would be nice,” he said.
The Brauer College student, who paid credit to his coach Jayson Lamb for improving his technique, is using the Shipwreck Coast Swim Series to prepare for the Australian age championships in April.
Fraser has qualified for the national championships for the first time. He will compete in the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke events.
The 50-metre freestyle and 200-metre individual medley are his next targets.
“The Victorian country championships on the long weekend are the next chance to make a time,” he said.
The Shipwreck Coast Swim Series’ Port Fairy leg starts at 5pm with a 300-metre short course swim from 5.45pm.
The final leg at Port Campbell is on January 20.