King reigns supreme at Age Short Course Swimming Championships 

BENDIGO East Swimming Club star Callum King dominated the 14-year boys’ competition at the weekend’s Victorian Age Short Course Swimming Championships at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

King won four gold and three silver medals and set two Victorian All-Comers records in the 400m medley, 4:21.24, and 400m freestyle, 4:10.11.

The Bendigo South East Secondary College student won gold in the 200m backstroke, 2:13.67, and breast-stroke, 2:28.47, and silver medals in the 100m medley, 1:00.85, 200m medley, 2:10.73, and 200m freestyle, 1:57.56.

The Bendigo East team of 11 finished the meet in 20th place.

All of East’s squad achieved personal best times.

Swimmers who won through to finals included Kate Jordan, 14-years 100m and 200m breast-stroke; Isabella Symons, 13-years 100m butterfly and 100m medley; and Rebecca Holmes, 16-years 200m backstroke.

Cameron Jordan, 10, was fourth in the 11-under boys’ 200m breast-stroke in 3:01.52.

East’s reprsentatives at the weekend’s championships were Jack Beale, James Coughlin, Bryce Garland, Holly and Thomas Hawke, Rebecca Holmes, Cameron and Kate Jordan, Callum King, Matthew Slot and Isabella Symons.

The Bendigo East team will now focus on preparations for the summer long course swimming season, aiming to peak for the Victorian Age Championships in December and the Victorian Country Championships in Sale on the Australia Day weekend.

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