WARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club coach Jayson Lamb says its nine Victorian longcourse championships competitors are well prepared despite limited time in the outdoor pool.
Sebastian Christie-Crane, Emily Bartlett, Mitchell Gristede, Sarah Flaherty, Robert Gleeson, Jack Sharp, Alex Johnston and Ingrid Cavarsan will compete at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) from Friday.
Their training included four weeks in Aquazone’s 50-metre outdoor pool.
“The indoor (25m) pool is still water and you get to train but there’s definitely benefits when you are training in an outdoor when you’re competing in a 50m pool,” Lamb said.
“They’ve put in solid winter seasons in the lead up and it will be really interesting to see where they’re at.”
Bartlett and Christie-Crane have the busiest schedules with six events each.
Sharp, Johnston and Cavarsan will each tackle five races.
“Both Alex and Sebastian should definitely be in the finals and we’ll see how they go for medals,” Lamb said.
“Robbie will be very close to finals, especially in the 200m breaststroke, and Jack in the 200m freestyle will be close and Emily in the 100m free should go pretty well.”
Lamb said the teenage swimmers represented the future of the club.
The state longcourse titles run from Friday, December 7 to Tuesday, December 11.
Warrnambool Swimming Club will then turn its attention to the Victorian country longcourse championships in Warragul early next year.
Lamb expects between 40-50 swimmers, of varying ages, to travel for the January 25-27 competition.