Traralgon swimmers dominate on big stage

Traralgon Swimming Club has returned as the number one ranked country team in the state after a record haul of medals at the Victorian Short Course Championship.

The club returned with 21 gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals from the championship, which was held at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre from 2 to 4 September.

Traralgon Swimming Club head coach Brian Ford said he was impressed with the spirit and organisation among the team.

“The result was the culmination of some outstanding performances by a number of swimmers particularly our junior brigade; it was outstanding preparation and coaching by our team of training specialists and excellent support from parents,” Ford said.

Overall, 10 swimmers won medals at the event, with 11 year-old Jordyn Cargill the star after picking up three gold and two silver medals.

The 4×100 metre medley relay team also had a weekend to remember with four of the club’s finest swimmers joining forces to defeat all the Melbourne teams.

After 12 years away from the club, Olympian Ashley Delaney swam the backstroke leg – posting a country record of 53.94 seconds.

He was joined by World Championship representative Sam Ashby in the breaststroke (1.00.96) and Australian Open championship medallist Andrew Cameron in the butterfly (57.17)

Australian age medallist Caiden Gill rounded out the team in the freestyle (49.68).

“Fourth in the state behind the three major clubs who have population bases of well over half a million to draw from is simply a stunning result,” Ford said.

“Even more impressive is the fact that our juniors aged 12 years and under finished second in the state (312 points); only 10 points behind Melbourne Viccentre – the biggest club in Australia.

“(There’s) a great future ahead for our program.”