Hawks tackle state sprints

BENDIGO Hawks were in great form at the Victorian sprint swimming titles held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Seven swimmers in the Hawks' squad of 16 earned a berth across 17 finals.

The top 10 in heats qualified for the finals at these championships.

While gold eluded the Hawks across a series of frenetic finishes, the overall team result of one silver medal and four bronze medals pleased the coaching group.

Angus Verbeek, 14, won a silver and a bronze medal in the backstroke and freestyle events respectively.

The versatile Verbeek  was fourth in the breast-stroke and seventh in the butterfly.

Bailey Harriden, 14, won his first medal at state level with a with a bronze medal-winning performance in the 50m butterfly.

Olivia Wright, 12, swam brilliantly to take bronze in the butterfly.

Ryan Dessens added to his list of state title medal-winning swims with a bronze in the 19-and-over breast-stroke.

Callum Maloney, 13, and Emily Evans, 11, were unlucky not to add to the team’s medal haul after finishing fourth in the freestyle and backstroke respectively.

Both swimmers reached two finals.

Evans was sixth in the butterfly and Maloney was sixth in the backstroke.

Mitchell Sherlock, 12, produced two outstanding results in qualifying for two finals and finishing 8th and 7th in the butterfly and freestyle respectively.

With her sights set on National title events in April, 19-year-old Kahlia Marsh made finals in all four strokes. Best result was seventh in the backstroke at the state sprints.

Many of the Hawks squad will contest the District Championships on March 3 at the Bendigo East pool. 

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