Bendigo Hawks tackle short course titles

TALENTED: Bendigo Hawks' Bailey Harriden, Chelsea Beale and Kahlia Marsh. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

TALENTED: Bendigo Hawks' Bailey Harriden, Chelsea Beale and Kahlia Marsh. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

MEMBERS of the Bendigo Hawks Swimming Club tested themselves against the state's best at the recent Victorian Short Course Championships in Melbourne.

Among the best of the performers for the club was 20-year-old Kahlia Marsh, who claimed two medals.

Marsh won silver in the 800m freestyle and bronze in the 1500m freestyle.

A busy campaign for Marsh also included 4th in the 400m freestyle, 5th in the 200m butterfly, 8th in the 200m individual medley and 12th in the 200m freestyle.

All Marsh's times were personal bests and she swam national qualifying times in the 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley and 1500m freestyle.

Her time in the 200m individual medley was also a Victorian Country record.

Chelsea Beale, 11, swam personal bests as she finished 6th in the 50m freestyle - setting a new district record - 9th in the 200m breastsroke, 10th in the 100m breaststroke, 15th in the 100m individual medley and 18th in the 100m freestyle.

Emily Evans, 12, battled a wrist injury, but swam three out of four personal best times.

Fresh from the Australian School National Championships, Angus Verbeek, 15, swam five personal bests in the open age division.

Bailey Harriden, 15, swam two personal bests and moved up the rankings in all of his events.

Harriden is from Puckapunyal and while he travels to Bendigo, does the bulk of his training alone.

Overall, the Bendigo Hawks finished in 28th position, which placed them ahead of larger clubs such as Geelong and Wodonga.

The club will now gear up for the Victorian Country Short Course Championships in Shepparton from August 16-17.

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