Hawks star in build-up to country swim titles

BENDIGO Hawks are flying in their build-up to next month's Victoria Country swimming titles to be raced at Wodonga's Waves complex.

The Hawks squad of 14 excelled at the Victorian Age Swimming Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre,

Angus Verbeek, 14, won silver and bronze over the 100m and 200m distances in backstroke.

Including heats and finals, Verbeek swam a total of 18 times across the six days and and was a finalist in seven of the 11 events he contested.

Olivia Wright, 12, contested finals in nine of the 12 events for which she qualified. Best of her 19 swims was fourth in the 100m butterfly.

Emily Evans, 11, qualified for eight events and reached two finals.

Callum Maloney, 13, achieved a National Age Championships qualifying time in the 50m freestyle.

Bailey Harriden, 14, contested the 100m butterfly final and capped a great week with personal best swims in the 100m and 200m free and 200m medley.

Harliai Curthoys-Davies, 10, swam in the 11-years age group and was the top-ranked 10-year-old in her 100m and 200m backstroke events.

Mitchell Sherlock, 13, was one of several Hawks to qualify for the titles in each of the four strokes. He contested seven events and achieved three PBs.

Amelia Beaton, 14; Lachlan Tyson, 16; Torsten Lau 15; Lauren Cox, 11; Zoe Deed; Sebastian Wood, 11; and Chelsea Beale, 11, swam strongly in various events.

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