Fantastic five off to Melbourne Echuca Swimming Club stars take on state’s best

By Riverine Herald

NOT ONE but five Echuca Swimming Club representatives are in Melbourne today to contest the Victorian Age LC Championships.

The best 12- to 18-year-old swimmers from around the state will compete as they battle it out for a berth in the national finals.

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre’s outdoor pool will play host to the 975 swimmers entered in this year’s finals.

After their own stellar performances across the year, Lara and Emma Judd, Kynan Batey, Aaron Fleischer and Zachary Ross all made the state qualifying time and will represent Echuca at the finals.

Echuca Swimming Club president Leon Batey said this year’s group is a far larger one than the club is used to sending.

‘‘They’re heading down on the Friday, normally there are only one maybe two of us down there but this time we have five and a senior heading to the senior finals in January,’’ Batey said.

‘‘We are really happy, it’s good having a good team representing us because state times are really complicated, and they can really lead to nationals and Olympic times.

‘‘I’m not going to say there will be some stand-outs as it really does depend on the day and how each swimmer prepares for their events,’’ he said.

Echuca Swimming Club’s state representatives:

Kynan Batey age: 16.

Boys 16 y/o 100m breaststroke preliminaries: 1 min, 16.65 secs.

15-16 y/o 50m freestyle: 26.65 secs.

Aaron Fleischer age: 14.

Boys 14 y/o 100m breaststroke preliminaries: 1 min, 19.74 secs.

Emma Judd age: 12.

Girls 12 y/o 100m backstroke preliminaries: 1 min, 21 secs.

12 y/o 50m freestyle: 32.37 secs.

Lara Judd age: 16.

Girls 16 y/o 100m backstroke preliminaries: 1 min, 9.65 secs.

16 y/o 100m breaststroke preliminaries: 1 min, 17 secs.

16 y/o 200m freestyle preliminaries: 2 min, 18.23 secs.

16 y/o 200m breaststroke preliminaries: 2 min, 45.44 secs.

16 y/o 100m fly preliminaries: 1 min, 5.23 secs.

16 y/o 100m freestyle preliminaries: 1 min, 2.32 secs.

16 y/o 200m IM preliminaries: 2 mins, 27.29 secs.

Zachary Ross age: 15.

Boys 15 y/o 100m backstroke preliminaries: 1 min, 9.41 secs.