Golden medal haul secures title

WARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club finished third at the Victorian country championships on the back of an impressive carnival from Isaac Jones.

Jones, 17, won seven individual gold medals, earning overall champion honours.

Warrnambool coach Josh Sobey said Jones’ efforts were made even more impressive considering he missed the competition’s final day on Sunday.

Jones, along with Warrnambool head coach Jayson Lamb, is at a week-long Swimming Australia camp on the Gold Coast.

Lamb said there were 120 athletes and 43 coaches at the first-time run camp.

“There are the top 10 swimmers in each stroke,” he said.

“It’s the first step for Rio in four years.”

Jones was invited for his 200-metre butterfly talents.

Sobey said Warrnambool finished third behind powerhouse Traralgon at the three-day country championships carnival at Sale.

Traralgon won the teams’ title for the 13th time in 14 years.

The Gippsland club finished on 2918 points, with Geelong (1626) and Warrnambool (1120) finishing second and third respectively.

Sobey said 10 Warrnambool swimmers won individual medals, while it was also strong in the relay section, winning four medals.

“Most kids made finals. It was a really good meet,” he said.

“There were huge PBs and guys making finals for the first time.”

Along with Jones, Ashleigh Pettigrew won gold in the multi-class 50-metre freestyle.

Warrnambool sent 43 swimmers to the carnival.

justine.mc@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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