Warrnambool teen into finals at state open swimming titles

WARRNAMBOOL superfish Isaac Jones kick-started his 2014 swimming season earning two finals spots at the Victorian open championships.

Jones, 18, finished fourth in the 400-metre individual medley and sixth in the 200m butterfly.

The Australian junior representative clocked 4.36.55 in the 400m individual medley. Winner Mit Davenport-Wright finished in 4.29.48.

Jones’ time in the 200m butterfly was 2.03.97, well behind gold medallist Mitchell Pratt (1.56.70).

Warrnambool Swimming Club coach Jayson Lamb said Jones needed the hit-out and would be better placed at the Victorian country championships this weekend and the New South Wales open championships next month.

“He was a bit off his times but we were expecting him to be because of year 12 and what have you,” Lamb said.

“He’s on the right track.

“In the 200m fly he was against Grant Irvine who made the Olympics in London. 

“He got good race pace fitness.”

Jones was one of four Warrnambool swimmers to contest the three-day competition which attracted swimmers from Australia and overseas.

Lamb said he was impressed with Billy McPhee, Tayte Lang and multi-class entrants Caitlyn Mackay and Ashleigh Pettigrew.

“Billy and Tayte both did PBs in all of their events,” he said.

“Tayte was in three — 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke — and Billy was in five events. 

“Caitlyn and Ashleigh made finals in all of their events and did PBs in 50 per cent of their events.

“I was pretty happy. We were the third Victorian club and ninth overall.”

Warrnambool will send 40 athletes to the Victorian country championships, which start in Wodonga on Friday.

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