Published: Sep 2, 2012 09:57:16 PM Updated: Sep 19, 2012 04:37:25 PM
Lachlan Wells, Samantha Howe and Alexandra Good all claimed multiple Victorian Titles on the final night of competition at the Victorian Age Short Course Championships.
Good’s successes in the Girls 14 years 200m Freestyle and Butterfly brought her tally to six Age Short Course Titles for the Championships; a remarkable effort. Wells was equally impressive; amassing six Age Titles, while Howe’s two Titles of the Championships came during the final session of competition. Hayley Baker and Max Williams also managed two Age Titles on the final night.
Earlier, the first two races of the session produced Victorian Age Allcomers records. Nunawading’s Adam Wildes withstood a fast finishing Shaun Banzon to register a record breaking time of 2:29.74 in the Boys 13 years 200m Short Course Breaststroke. Wildes training partner, Mikayla Smith, then produced an earth shattering swim to break Karlene Pircher’s Girls 13 years 200m Short Course Breaststroke Allcomers mark set back in 2010.
A dominant swim from Molly Batchelor saw her take out the Girls 11 & Under Breaststroke in a new Victorian Allcomers Short Course record time of 1:16.09. The Melbourne Vicentre swimmer finished with six Age Titles and appears destined for higher honours in the future.
A Victorian Age Championship session wouldn’t be complete without a Nicholas Groenewald record and the young dynamo delivered, setting a new mark in the Boys 15 years 100m Short Course Backstroke. His time of 55.96 was too slick for Mornington’s Adam Howgate (56.81) and Surrey Park’s Sebastian Cummins (57.16). The multiple Australian Age Champion also won the Boys 15 years 200m Short Course Backstroke to finish with a staggering eight Victorian Age Titles.
A dominant swim from St Kevin’s Alexander Graham (1:46.37) saw him take out the Boys 17-18 years 200m Short Course Backstroke in a Victorian record time of 1:46.37. Graham’s blistering swim ended a hectic week of competition which started at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii on Monday.
TigerShark Mitchell Pratt saved his best performances of the Championships till late, sweeping to the wall in first position in the Boys 17-18 years 200m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke. The 17 year-old also managed to better his Victorian Age record mark in the Boys 200m Butterfly, stopping the clock at 1:57.39.
Others to break Victorian Age Short Course records included MLC Aquatic duo Lucy Soden and Stephanie Whan and Melbourne Vicentre’s Jenna Strauch.
Melbourne Vicentre won the Winter Short Course Trophy for amassing the highest combined point score during the Victorian Age and Open Short Course Championships. The powerhouse club finished ahead of Nunawading and Surrey Park.
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