THE Short Course season closed for members of the South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club with the State Short Course Age and Open Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre over two separate weekends in September.
Being the Shorts Course Championships meant that the events were all swum in a 25 metre indoor pool.
The Snappers had swimmers ranging from 10 years old through to 17 competing across a range of events with five swimmers making the finals.
Most swimmers achieved some personal best performances, some improving even more than expected.
Highlights included 12 year old Mayson Vanderkolk who competed in nine events and achieved seven top 10 finishes with a bronze in the 100m breaststroke.
Nathan Foote, 15, competed in six events with silver in the 200m backstroke and narrowly missing a medal in the 100m backstroke.
Mallory Bradley, 16, competed in both the age and open championships in a total of seven events, with two fifth places in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events at the Age Champs and 15th in the 200m breaststroke at the Open Champs.
Luke Malherbe was back to his best after a long battle with injury to make the 200m breaststroke final at the Age champs, finishing eighth.
Riley Harris, 10, the youngest swimmer in the team, finished seventh in the 200m backstroke against the 11 year olds in a blistering eight second personal best time.
Other swimmers who competed were; Mackenzie Gardner (14yrs), Jude Grace (12yrs), Taya Murdoch (17yrs), Isabelle O’Neill (12yrs), Kai Lumsden (16yrs), Jarrod Muir (13yrs), Melody Notley (14yrs) and Eric Zubic (14yrs).
The club ranked 28th in Victoria, after recently finishing 10th ranked club in the Country Swimming Club Championships in Ballarat which is the first top 10 recording for the club.
Locally, the ‘Snappers’ will be training at both the Wonthaggi Aquatic Centre and SG Splash in Leongatha.
All keen swimmers who would like to come and try out are welcome to come along and give it a go.
The club now moves into the summer long course season.
For more information about the club, go to www.sgbswimclub.com.au or contact the head coach Dylan Muir on 0400 032 734.