Swimmers smash best times

April 04, 2018

Successful weekend: Echuca Swim Club’s team of (back row) Will Polidano, Zach Ross, Ashleigh O'Neill, Andrew Judd (head coach)

PERSONAL bests were smashed out of the water as 11 Echuca swimmers fought for gold in the Victorian Country All Junior Competition on the weekend.

The local swimmers headed to the Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre to compete in some of the 60 events held over two days.

The semi-finals were held on a sunny Saturday and the finals on Melbourne’s colder Sunday.

There were many personal best times achieved over the weekend, with the club’s swimmers getting faster and faster.

Emma Judd was the club’s sole gold medallist, with a fantastic effort in the 11 year-old girls backstroke, dropping a massive two seconds off her entry time.

Emma also took half a second off her entry time to place sixth in the freestyle final for 11 year-old girls, placed eighth in breaststroke and 16th in butterfly.

Ruby Morley took away a silver medal for the nine year-old girls backstroke final, dropping more than two seconds off her entry time. She also placed fourth in the freestyle final and 12th in breaststroke.

Brandon Batey made it to three of four 11 year-old boys finals. He broke his personal best times in every event.

He finished 10th in breaststroke and freestyle, seventh in the butterfly final and 11th in backstroke.

Zach Ross dropped two seconds off his PB in backstroke, as well as finishing fourth in the 14 year boys backstroke and finished seventh in the breaststroke final.

Milly Ross came up against some strong competition an age group up, finishing 22nd in the 12 year girls butterfly and 23rd in backstroke, shaving a second off her personal best time.

Coby Morgan’s swim in the nine year girls backstroke saw a second and a half off her personal best time coming from behind to finish in sixth.

Ashleigh O’Neill took a remarkable 1.5 seconds off her 14 year girls backstroke time to finish sixth in the 14 year girls backstroke, 11th in butterfly, 15th in breaststroke and 30th in freestyle.

Will Polidano smashed out notable personal best times during the meet, taking almost three seconds off his butterfly and breaststroke events, finishing 25th in both races.

Milly Morley enjoyed her first appearance at the competition — 20th in eight-year-old girls freestyle with over a second off her personal best time.

Another personal best time was earned by Tahlia O’Neil who swam well in the 13-year-old girls breaststroke event, placing 14th.

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