East achieves clean sweep at district champs

SWIMMERS from the Bendigo East club dominated in their pool at Sunday's running of the Central Victoria District Swimming Championships.

The club's squad of 51 achieved a clean sweep of the trophies and awards.

There were many outstanding performances.

The newly inaugurated 400m freestyle races honoured Central Victoria District swimming legends Wally Stables and Coral Evely.

The Wally Stables trophy was won by Matthew Slot.

Rebecca Holmes won the Coral Evely Memorial Trophy.

Bendigo East swimmers won 44 of the 75 events, and claimed 106 medals.

Matthew Slot finished with three gold, six silver and one bronze medal to take out the trophy as senior male district champion in an extremely close contest from Bendigo Hawks swimmer Angus Verbeek.

Rebecca Holmes won seven gold and three silver on her way to a fourth consecutive senior female district champion trophy.

The junior district champions were Jarrod Slot and Kiara Verbeek.

District president Greg Smith presented Bendigo East with the Allan Monaghan Shield for winning the women's aggregate points score and the Charles Turner Memorial Trophy for the men's aggregate points score.

East retained the Frank Burgess Trophy as district champions for the fourth year in a row.

Head coach at Bendigo East Swimming Club, Tony Rodda was rapt with the results.

"The season has been very long, and the swimmers have had challenges getting up for many different meets," Rodda said.

"It was a fantastic day, with the whole club behind the swimmers, and the support was great.

"The club made these Championships a priority, as it is important to support local swimming.

"To see our swimmers all performing so well here, even though there were other events on they could have been at, speaks volumes for the team spirit."

There are some more carnivals for junior and swimmers to aim for.

Upcoming meets are the All Junior finals at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on March 22-23.

Older swimmers will focus on the Australian National Championships in Brisbane and the Australian Age Championships in Sydney in April. 

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