Echuca dominate home swimming carnival

By Brayden May

AT THEIR home carnival, Echuca Swimming Club (ESC) members knew they had to perform strongly and they certainly delivered.

Held at Echuca War Memorial Aquatic Centre earlier this month, Echuca had 34 swimmers enter a total of 148 events throughout the day.

It proved to be a largely successful event for ESC with 56 personal best achieved and 24 recorded times qualifying several swimmers for the Victorian Country Long Course Championships in January.

The home club finished on top of the table for points collected with a staggering 1,667 with Shepparton (880 points), Cheltenham (664), Seymour and District (501.5) and Bendigo East (430) rounding out the top five.

On an individual basis, Kynan Batey was arguably the club's strongest performer after winning five of his six races, while finishing second in the other.

Meanwhile Bradley Mellington had two wins alongside a second and third placing while Mitchell Sutton also won two races.

Tricia Sambrooks also performed strongly after finishing the competition with one win, two seconds and a third placing.

While other competitors may not have finished on top of the podium, they certainly did do themselves proud with stunning individual performances.

Aidan Moller smashed his 100m backstroke time by 25 seconds while Mia Arthurson took almost 10 seconds off her 100m freestyle PB.

In an astonishing swim, Hanna Taylor sliced almost 12 seconds from her 50m backstroke PB and another 10 seconds came off her 50m butterfly PB in her first competitive meet for the Echuca club.