Locals impress at Portland swim meet
JUNIOR swimmers from across South West Victoria and South Australia travelled to the Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre to compete in a country championship qualifying meet on Saturday.
Designed to be a last minute meet for swimmers to qualify for the Victorian Country Championships, to be held in Warragul across January 25-27, the competition attracted a number of competitors from across the state.
Portland Swimming Club coach Paige Olejniczak said there was a lot of competitive racing throughout the meet.
“We had around 80 swimmers on the day which was good; we had clubs from Warrnambool, Hamilton, Casterton, Mount Gambier, Ballarat, Werribee and Geelong compete,” Olejniczak said.
“We had kids aged between 7-20 swimming on the day.
“There were a fair few qualifying times achieved on the day from a few of the kids from the outside clubs.
“A few of our kids who were under age for that particular competition are getting closer to achieving those times which is good.”
Portland swimmers Sienna Stone and Diesel Stone were the only locals to come home with wins during the meet, taking out the 11 girls 50 metre butterfly and 11 boys 50m breaststroke respectively.