Squads star at Age titles

CENTRAL Victoria's best young swimmers were in hot form at the Victorian State Age Swimming Championships in Melbourne.

There were 110 clubs represented among the Victorian and interstate swimmers across the six-day meet.

Central Victoria district was represented by 45 swimmers from the Bendigo East, Bendigo Hawks, Echuca and Gisborne clubs.

Finalists were East's Kate Jordan, Jarrod Slot, Matthew Slot, Isabella Symons, Kiara Verbeek and Jacob Waller.

The Hawks finalists were Emily Evans, Bailey Harriden, Callum Moloney, Angus Verbeek and Olivia Wright.

Echuca's Josh Kennedy contested many finals.

Darcy Frew was Gisborne's best.

The stand-out individual swimmer was Echuca's Kennedy who stood on the podium six times, four times as the best Victorian. 

Kennedy and Verbeek were first and second in the 14-boys' 100m backstroke final.

Symons was runner-up in the 200m butterfly final, just a fingernail (0.02 seconds) behind New Zealand's Kaitlyn Tippett.

Symons took home a gold medal as first Victorian.

After six days of top-class swimming the Bendigo Hawks were 28th, Echuca in 29th place, and Bendigo East was 37th.

Central Victorian swimmers will continue their build-up to the Swimming Victoria Country Championships to be held on the Australia Day holiday weekend in Wodonga.

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