Sale swimmers shine

SALE’S swimmers had a number of great individual results, but it was Traralgon who were once again crowned Gippsland’s king of the pool.

More than 230 swimmers from across Gippsland travelled to Sale’s Lex Glover Regional Aquatic Centre for the Gippsland Swimming Championships over the Labour Day long weekend.

For the 16th straight year Traralgon took out the overall prize, with a team of 99 swimmers bringing home 88 gold, 61 silver and 49 bronze medals.

Host Sale was led by Jo Rowand, Jake Hutchins and a number of impressive results in girls’ relay events to finish the championships in fifth position on the overall points table.

Rowand won the eighth most individual points out of all female swimmers across the weekend, with the highlight being her gold medal performance in the girls 200 metre breaststroke.

In a dominant performance, Hutchins won a rare gold medal for Sale in the boys 11 and 12 years 100 metre butterfly, finishing almost six seconds clear of his nearest opponent. The 12-year-old also collected silver medals in the 11-12 200m individual medley and 11-12 100m backstroke, finishing 13th for all male points scorers at the meet.

Sale’s girls’ relay teams were also among the best performers for the club, with the eight and under, 12 and under and 16 and under freestyle teams all winning silver medals.

Sale’s Niamh Van Berkel won the girls’ encouragement award.

In the adult divisions, Tony Anderson had a great meet for Sale, winning the 50m freestyle in both the men’s 25 and over and over 35 class.

Traralgon’s dominance meant it had the highest points scorers in the boys and girls divisions, with Alex Tsebelis taking out the ale award and Lauren Akers and Melina deCort sharing the female award. The swimming powerhouse also broke a total of 58 Gippsland and event records during the meet.