East's swimmers take no short-cuts to titles

BY THE POOL: Bendigo East Swimming Club’s young stars who will race at this weekend’s short-course championships at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Back: Kate Jordan, Matthew Slot, Kiara Verbeek. Front: Imogen Wassing, Maggie Skewes, Xavier Dole, Cameron Jordan, Ella Wassing and Sophie Waller. Absent: Carmen Franz. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

BY THE POOL: Bendigo East Swimming Club’s young stars who will race at this weekend’s short-course championships at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Back: Kate Jordan, Matthew Slot, Kiara Verbeek. Front: Imogen Wassing, Maggie Skewes, Xavier Dole, Cameron Jordan, Ella Wassing and Sophie Waller. Absent: Carmen Franz. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

INSPIRED by Australia's success at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Bendigo East Swimming Club's squad will be aiming for medals and PBs at this weekend's short-course meets.

The Victorian Open short-course titles include the 12-under titles at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

East's squad of 10 to compete at these meets have trained strongly at the Bert Graham Memorial Pool.

Kate Jordan, Matthew Slot and Kiara Verbeek will compete in the open events.

Keen youngsters Xavier Dole, Carmen Franz, Cameron Jordan, Maggie Skewes, Sophie Waller, Ella and Imogen Wassing will compete in 12-under races.

Bendigo East head coach Tony Rodda said the meet will be an exciting one.

"Maggie, Imogen and Xavier are racing at this level for the first time.

"In what's a significant result for the club, Imogen and Maggie both have two more years in the 12-under age group."

Rodda said all the coaches were looking forward to see the young stars performance against many of Victoria's finest swimmers.

It's a busy time for the club as several have qualified to compete at the Victoria Country short-course meet in Shepparton.

Another major meet will be the Victorian Age short-course meet at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. 

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