Bendigo East swimmers make early splash

MEDALS HAUL: Cameron Jordan and Katerina Pizzo have strated the 2017-18 swimming season in fine style in short-course events.
MEDALS HAUL: Cameron Jordan and Katerina Pizzo have strated the 2017-18 swimming season in fine style in short-course events.

BENDIGO East swimmers have been busy competing at the Victorian Age Short Course Championships, Victorian Open Championships and the Australian State Teams Championships.

Over two weekends, the club had 21 swimmers compete at the 2017 Victorian Age Short Course Championships.

Cameron Jordan swam his way to a bronze medal in the boys’ 15-years 200m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke against Victoria’s best swimmers.

Layla Day swam her way into finals finishing ninth in the girls’ 14-years freestyle and sixth in the 100m butterfly.

The Victorian Open Short Course Championships saw three of the club’s swimmers compete against the state’s best, including Olympians Kotuku Ngawati, Joshua Beaver and Mack Horton.

Katerina Pizzo competed in the women’s multi-class events.

She medalled in the women’s 50m breaststroke, claiming second place. She also reached the finals in her other swims, including seventh in the 100m freestyle, fifth in the 50m butterfly and sixth in the 100m backstroke.

Cameron Jordan finished 16th in the men’s 50m breaststroke, but only a mere two seconds off the winner, and 15th in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

Varlee Nihll competed in her first Open Short Course Championships, swimming against Olympic great Linley Frame.

As a result of his tremendous swims, Jordan was selected to represent the state at the 2017 State Team Championships held in Canberra and swam his way into a bronze medal in the 14-and-15-years 50m breaststroke.

He also placed fourth in the 100m breaststroke and seventh in the 200m breaststroke.

Swimmers will now begin their training for the long-course season, with the aim of competing at the upcoming State Sprint Championships held in November.