Gippy gold for Sale swimmers

SALE Swimming Club won five gold medals at the Gippsland championships.

The event was held at Warragul over the long weekend.

Sale also recorded three second placings and seven thirds.

Teddy Ripper returned home with two gold medals, in the boys’ 11 and 12 years 200 metre individual medley and 100m breaststroke. Ripper also qualified for the finals of the open 200m breaststroke, 11-12 100m freestyle and 11-12 100m butterfly.

Tamiecka Ross had a full set of medals, winning the girls’ 15 and 16 years 100m backstroke, coming second in the 100m butterfly and third in the 100m freestyle. She also made the finals of the 15-16 200m freestyle, open 200m backstroke, open 100m butterfly and open 100m backstroke.

Mathew Canfield won the boys’ eight and under 50m backstroke.

Scarlett Tavasci won the girls’ 11-12 100m breaststroke, and also made the finals of the 200m IM and 100m butterfly.

Tavasci joined Charlie Price, Stella Whitford and Tara Dihood to finished third in the girls’ 12 and under 4x50m medley and freestyle relays.

Price qualified for the finals of the girls’ 11-12 100m freestyle and backstroke, and 12 and under 200m freestyle.

Zayden Burton claimed silver in the boys’ 11 and under 50m backstroke and bronze in the 200m IM. He also reached the final of the boys’ 9-10 50m freestyle.

Arki Vardy won silver in the boys’ 13-14 butterfly and bronze in the 100m backstroke, and made the finals of the 13-14 200m and 100m freestyle and 200m IM.

Bronze medals were collected by Tony Anderson in the men’s 35 and over 50m freestyle.

Hannah Shepherd won bronze in the girls’ 15-16 200m freestyle, and made the finals of the open 400m freestyle, 15-16 100m freestyle and breaststroke and 15-16 200 IM.

Alex Seys (men’s 17 and over 50m backstroke and breaststroke, and open 100m butterfly and backstroke), Jack McGrath (boys’ nine-10 50m butterfly and 200m IM), Levi Vardy (boys’ eight and under 50m freestyle and backstroke), Shauna Anderson (women’s 17 and over 50m backstroke), Kai Dettbarn (men’s 35 and over 50m freestyle), and Obi Vardy (boys’ nine-10 50m breaststroke) also made individual finals.

Kiana Wedlock, Tamiecka Ross, Hannah Shepherd and Payge Van Ekeren reached the finals of the girls’ 16 and under freestyle and medley relays.

Zayden Burton, Jack McGrath, Oliver Dyer and Cooper Beckman made the final of the boys’ 10 and under freestyle and medley relays. Aliesha Turnbull, Eloise Tavasci, Lily Wheeler and Adelaide Ripper qualified for the girls’ 10 and under freestyle and medley relays.

In the boys’ 12 and under section, Zayden Burton, Teddy Ripper, Jack McGrath and Henry Noble made the final of the freestyle and medley relays.

Burton, Ripper and Noble were joined by Blake Vine to make the final of the boys’ 14 and under medley relay.

Tamiecka Ross, Hannah Shepherd, Maddy Parry and Payge Van Ekeren made the final of the women’s open 4x100m freestyle relay. Traralgon again dominated the championships, topping the club points score for the 21st successive year.

Male swimmer of the meet was Traralgon’s Jordyn Cargill, who won 11 gold medals, three silver and four bronze. Sister Molly was the meet’s best female swimmer.

South Gippsland Bass won the 14 and under team trophy, with Hayden Barnes receiving the boys’ encouragement award.

The girls’ encouragement award went to Warragul’s Mollie Dennis.