Winter splashdown for Warrnambool swimmers at local shortcourse meeting

Jamin Baulch, 17, of Warrnambool (left), Nikki Nuske, 16, of Terang and Jason Pritchard, 14, of Warrnambool, take a breather at AquaZone before getting back into training for the weekend’s winter shortcourse competition.

Jamin Baulch, 17, of Warrnambool (left), Nikki Nuske, 16, of Terang and Jason Pritchard, 14, of Warrnambool, take a breather at AquaZone before getting back into training for the weekend’s winter shortcourse competition.

A RECORD number of swimmers from across Victoria are poised to make a splash at Warrnambool Swimming Club’s two-day winter shortcourse meeting at AquaZone this weekend.

The club has received a capacity 246 entries. The swimmers will hit the water almost 1700 times in a busy program.

Warrnambool Swimming Club has the biggest contingent with 59 members entered, including Australian representative Isaac Jones, who is fresh from competing against the nation’s Commonwealth Games swimmers.

The Warrnambool representatives will not only be chasing medals but important country and state championships qualifying times.

They will be up against swimmers from 13 metropolitan clubs, as well as competitors from Geelong, Bendigo, Horsham, Hamilton, Colac, Terang and Timboon.

New Warrnambool Swimming Club president Julie Rowlands said the club was excited to host the meeting on Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s grown significantly in recent years and is very popular with out-of-town swimmers, who use it as a great chance to get away for the long weekend and combine it with some strong competition,” Rowlands said.

“It’s one of the club’s major fund-raisers for the year and also helps inject dollars into Warrnambool’s economy, with many families making the trip from around Victoria to spend the long weekend here. All our swimmers, who range in age from eight to 19, can’t wait.”

Rowlands said the event would not be possible without the support of hard-working volunteers, parents and sponsors, including major sponsor Deakin University.

Competition starts on Saturday at 4pm and runs until 9.30pm. 

Racing resumes on Sunday at 9am.

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