Swimmers’ team focus

WARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club will have a team focus at the Victorian country championships.

Club president Peter Logan said Warrnambool would send a 43-strong team to the three-day competition in Sale.

It will field the third biggest team of the competition behind Traralgon and Geelong.

“In the last couple of years we’ve finished third behind the two larger clubs,” Logan said.

“More competitors means it’s easier to generate more points.

“We are expecting to be strong, as our numbers indicate.”

In all, more than 500 swimmers between the ages of 11 and 24 will swim at the country championships.

Logan said it had a team component, unlike many other swimming competitions. 

“Traralgon is a very dominant club and will win the competition, but we expect our kids will swim well,” he said.

“It is a very big club weekend for all clubs.

“They use it, as we do, not just as a weekend away but as an opportunity to have a real team atmosphere.”

Logan said while Isaac Jones was Warrnambool’s best swimmer, there were many members capable of posting impressive times.

He nominated Ben Raymond, 16, Jamin Baulch, 15, Hannah Justin, 14, and Rhys Kent, 12, as other Jayson Lamb-coached swimmers in form.

“Brittney Berger, who is 17, is a strong competitor who swims multiple strokes over multiple distances,” Logan said.

“Thomas Buckley is 14 and it’s only his second appearance at this competition and we are expecting him to do well.

“Isaac is the standout competitor but we’ve put together a strong and even team and we expect multiple finals appearances each night the carnival is on.”

The Victorian country championships start tomorrow and finish on Sunday.

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