Strength in numbers at all-juniors finals

A STRONG contingent of swimmers from the south-west will try their luck at the Country All-Junior Competition finals in Melbourne this weekend. 

The region will have 56 swimmers at the two-day carnival at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), with 48 from Warrnambool, two from Terang and six from Timboon. The all-junior carnival is for swimmers aged between seven and 14. 

Each swimmer qualified in the top 15 at the Barwon-South West association All-Junior Country trials in Geelong last month.

 Warrnambool Swimming Club Coach Josh Sobey said the carnival would split qualifying and finals over tomorrow and Sunday. 

“Everyone will swim on Saturday and then the top 10 qualifiers in their various strokes and age groups will qualify for finals on Sunday,” he said.

“This is the largest number of kids we’ve taken to this event. It’s great to have the Terang and Timboon kids coming with us as well.” 

Sobey said Tate Lang and Jane Fenton were medal chances. 

“They are both ranked fairly high,” he said. 

“There are possibilities of kids making finals, but at the end of the day we just want them to enjoy the experience of swimming at a pool like MSAC. 

“If we get finals and medal, that’s great, but as long as they do their best and enjoy themselves we (the coaches) we’ll be happy.” 

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