Strong performances from Sale swim squad

TWENTY-THREE of Sale’s strongest swimmers headed to Shepparton for the Victorian Country Championships, achieving Sale Swimming Club’s most successful result ever, finishing in 11th position.

National representative Charlie Noble continues to dominate in the 100 metre butterfly, winning gold in the 16 and 17 year old girls race — a title she has held for three consecutive years.

Noble also won silver in the open 100m butterfly and bronze in the open 200m butterfly, and was given a chance as an emergency swimmer to swim in the open 200m freestyle, finishing fifth and achieving a personal best and a state qualifying time.

Alex Seys took home bronze in the 16 and 17-year-old boys’ 100m butterfly, fifth in the 200m individual medley, sixth in the open 200m butterfly and sixth in the 400m individual medley.

Benjamin Hall swam a personal best time to make the final of the 12-year-old boys’ 100m breaststroke, and in the final improved his time again by 0.92 of a second, improving by 3.11s overall to claim the bronze medal.

Hall also finished in finals position for the 100m freestyle.

After a stellar season, Zac Mezenberg swam his best ever time in the heats and the finals to hit the wall in sixth position.

Arki Vardy finished with three finals swims and narrowly missed medals in the 11 and under boys with a fourth in the 50m backstroke, fifth in the 50m freestyle and fifth in the 50m butterfly.

Competing at her first Country Championships, Tayla Bellion swam gutsy to finish in sixth position in the 11 and under girls breaststroke.

Tamiecka Ross swam in finals position in the 14 and 15-year girls’ 100m backstroke finishing in seventh.

Vardy, Hall, Mezenberg and Benjamin Canfield came third in the 12 and under boys’ 200m freestyle relay.

Team members Noble, Poppy Wheeler, Kiana Wedlock and Madison Parry came sixth in the 16 and under girls’ 200m freestyle relay.

Head coach Samantha Abbas said she was extremely proud of the club’s swimmers and their achievements.

“Finishing in 11th position is a very encouraging result, showing the strength of our team,” she said.