Traralgon swimmers on top again

TRARLGON Swimming Club has continued its dominance of country Victorian swimming, taking out the combined team scores at the Victorian Country Championships in Sale over the Australia Day weekend.

Sale Swimming Club won six medals, one gold, two silver and three bronze.

Eliza Jeffs claimed the club’s gold medal, in the girls’ 11 and under 50 metre backstroke, as well as a silver medal in the 50m freestyle.

Samuel Tatterson won silver in the boys’ 11 and under 50m breaststroke, while Jordan Rowand won bronze medals in the girls’ 13 years 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke, and Fergus Hamilton claimed bronze in the boys’ 12 years 100m breaststroke.

Traralgon won the overall title with 2918 points, ahead of Geelong on 1626 and Warrnambool on 1120. Sale came 12th on 214.

Traralgon has won 13 of the past 14 Monaghan Shields and continues to set the benchmark for Victorian regional clubs.

Traralgon head coach Brian Ford was extremely proud of his swimmers.

“Our club has had a fantastic week and our success probably comes back to three things; we have a great group of coaches, swimmers commit themselves and know that there is a tradition involved with this event and we have an amazing support group of parents who contribute to the club,” he said.

“The country championships is our gold medal event and it’s nice to do well for our supporters and sponsors.”

Gippsland Swimming president Jackie Madden paid tribute to the officials and district club members for making this year’s event a success.

“There were a lot of people involved in the preparation of these championships and they should be proud of their efforts,” she said.

“This year’s event has been wonderful and it’s been great for the Gippsland community, particularly Sale, to watch some of Victoria’s elite junior swimmers and multi-class athletes.”

The 2014 championships will be held in Wodonga.

There will be more from the Victorian Country Championships in a future issue of the Gippsland Times.

Gallery: Country swimming titles in pictures