Fifty metre frenzy for Traralgon swimmers

TRARALGON held its own in a sprint-a-thon at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre to bring home 36 medals from the Victorian Country All Junior Championships.

Fifty-one Traralgon swimmers, aged from seven to 14 years of age, claimed 11 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals at the event.

With every race being just 50 metres of each stroke, the fast and furious format created an electric atmosphere.

Senior head coach Brian Ford was impressed with the performances of his swimmers.

“This was the last meet of the season for many of the swimmers and the results provide a great platform for the future,” Ford said.

“We have an exciting group of young swimmers ready to make their mark over the next two to three years.”

Following the heats on the first day of racing, 41 swimmers went through to the finals where 24 won medals.

Nine year-old Keian Curthoys-Davies won a medal in each of his four events, while 13 year-old Emily Goode won three.

Two all-time all-junior records were broken by Molly Cargill and Sophie Waller.

Molly swam 34.98 seconds in the 10 years backstroke to beat Jessica Li’s 2009 mark of 35.46.

Sophie snuck inside of Sian Whittaker’s record of 32.86 with a swim of 32.80 in the 12 years 50m backstroke.