SEVEN swimmers are preparing to represent Warrnambool at the Victorian country longcourse swimming championships for the first time.
Coach Josh Sobey said Peter Porskamp, William Elliott, Eban White, Hannah Van Zyl, Mikayla Bond, Matilda Darcy and Mimi Jenkins would make their debuts at Warragul on Friday.
The first-time Warrnambool representatives vary in age from 11 to 27.
Porskamp, 27, is the oldest of the batch.
Sobey said freestyle specialist Elliott, who travels from Camperdown to train, was an interesting prospect at 16.
“He started late into the sport. He pretty much came along out of school swimming and has continued on ever since,” he said.
The debutants are among a 40-strong Warrnambool Swimming Club team tackling the three-day competition.
Sobey said Ingrid Cavarsen, Alex Johnston, Robbie Gleeson and Seamus Kelson had enjoyed solid preparations and would fancy their chances.
He said Terang-based Caversen, 14, performed well in ocean swims in the lead-up to the longcourse meet.
“She’s had a great prep, she swam pretty well in the Tony Ryan swim (in Warrnambool) and also the Port Fairy swim series and she swam quite well at state sprints last week too,” Sobey said.
“Freestyle and backstroke are her two main ones.
“We’re hoping she can get pretty close to national qualifying times.
“She’ll have a busy program but it will certainly put her in a great space for chasing it if not getting it.”
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