Bendigo East swimmers win swag of medals

MEMBERS of the Bendigo East Swimming Club have won a bunch of medals at the 2014 Country Swimming Championships.

Held in Wodonga over the Australia Day weekend, swimmers contested 284 events with the team represented in 50 of the 78 individual finals.

Bendigo East Swimming Club youth development coach John Jordan said the performance of the younger swimmers was fantastic.

“We had younger swimmers qualify and all swam at least one personal best time, with most swimming PBs in all their events,” he said.

“The depth in the relays was very strong and the club is showing how well our swimmers develop as they progress through the squads." 

Kate Jordan competed in 10 events and four relays, winning three silver medals and one bronze.

Jacob Waller dominated the boys 16-17 years 100 metre freestyle, winning gold.

He also won silver in the 16-17 years 200 metre individual medley.

Matthew Slot won his first country medal, winning silver in the boys 14-15 years 200 metre individual medley.

Carmen Franz won her first ever medal at a major Swimming Victoria meet, taking gold in the 18 and over backstroke.

Cameron Jordan also won gold, beating his opposition to retain his breaststroke title from last year. 

Thomas Hawke won two silver medals in the 100 metre backstroke and butterfly.

Rebecca Holmes also won a bronze medal in the 16-17 years 100 metre butterfly.

The boys 12-years and under relay team consisted of Thomas Hawke, Cameron Jordan, James Mittell and Xavier Morrissey.

The boys secured a gold medal, which is a first for the club.

The 17 years and older girls relay team of Carmen Franz, Madeleine Hawke, Rebecca Holmes and Eleanor Rodda won a bronze medal.

The under-14 girls medley relay team of Kaitlyn Morgan, Kiara Verbeek, Anna Mittell and Brittany Wassing also won silver.

The team will now focus on the Victorian State Sprint Championships later this month. 

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