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THE annual Victorian Country Swimming
Championships were held over the Australia
Day Long Weekend at the Rex Glover Regional
Aquatics Complex in Sale.
It is not often that the championships are
hosted by a Gippsland based club, so the
South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club made
the most of the local facility with 37 swimmers
competing – the largest team to date.
The championships were conducted over
three days with the heats swum in the morn-
ing and the final and relay events swum in the
The weather was warm and the swimming was
fast, but South Gippsland Bass swimmers did
extremely well against the tough competition.
South Gippsland Bass finished ninth overall
against 32 country-based swimming clubs.
The only Gippsland-based club who finished
above SGB was Traralgon, who won the event
by a significant margin.
The club had 15 swimmers who competed in
their first long course country event.
A highlight of these new swimmers was Coo-
per Quaife, who qualified for his first final and
came eighth with a personal best.
The club had some terrific results in the
younger age groups, especially in the relay
events with a number of top 10 finishes.
The 12 year-old boys freestyle relay team did
very well to finish with a bronze medal and a
fifth in the medley relay event.
Sophie McKenzie and Riley Harris made fi-
nals in their favourite events and swam per-
The senior swimmers excelled in the pool.
Outstanding results were:
• Nathan Foote – 16yo 200m Freestyle – 2nd;
Men 200m Backstroke – 2nd, 16yo 100m
Backstroke – 1st, Men 100m Backstroke – 2nd.
• Locke DeGaris – Men 200m Backstroke –
3rd, 16yo 100m Backstroke – 2nd, Men 100m
Backstroke – 4th.
• Mayson Vanderkolk – 13yo 100m Breast-
stroke – 2nd.
• Lily Robinson – Women 200m Breastroke
2nd, 14-15yo 100m Breastroke – 1st, 14-15
200m IM – 1st, Women’s 100m Breaststroke –
4th, 14-15yo Freestyle – 4th.
Other senior swimmers who reached finals
were Dylan Muir, Will Little, Taya Murdoch, Luke
Malherbe, Mallory Bradley and Eric Zubcic.
The club is now approaching peak season,
with the local South Gippsland Swim Associa-
tion meets getting underway and then the focus
shifts to the Gippsland Championships on La-
bour Day weekend in March.
If you are interested in finding out more about
the club please contact head coach Dylan Muir
on 0400 032 734.
AT Leongatha Cycling on Friday night, February
3, riders were able to enjoy the very pleasant con-
ditions for racing.
The seven seniors put on some great racing
whilst the juniors also rode well.
The first-up one-lap time trial saw Thomas Mc-
Farlane fly round the track in a new season best
of 30.01 sec. Isabella Tomlinson also put in a new
PB at 46.80 sec. Thomas was pushed to the great
time by Will Lumby who clocked 30.35sec whilst
Oliver McLean at 32.17sec was also a new PB but
it was also just quicker than brother Harrison at
They were followed by Dylan Adams 33.36,
Dane Herbert 33.85 sec and Thomas Fitzgerald at
35.85 sec. In the juniors Kaleb Jans rode 39.87
sec, Caleb Murphy 45.78 and Isabella as above.
The time trial was followed by a four-lap scratch
race for the juniors which saw Kaleb Jans take
the win from Caleb Murphy and Isabella whilst
in the seniors the pace was kept at a good tempo
throughout the 10 laps.
In the dash to the line it was Thomas McFarlane
winning from Will Lumby and Oliver McLean.
The juniors had a one-lap handicap and Caleb
Murphy on 40m took out the race from Kaleb Jans
(scr) and Isabella (55m) 3rd. In the re-handicap,
Kaleb Jans was quickly away and closed down the
handicaps by the time he turned into the finish
straight to win from Caleb (30) and Isabella (60).
The seniors were split into 4 x 2 rider teams
and raced in shirts to coincide. The race was over
8 laps with a sprint every 2nd lap, each carrying
points. However, the last sprint would be based
upon the position in the finish of the second rider
in each team. With riders trying to do their men-
tal arithmetic whilst racing the end result was very
close. The team of Oliver and Dylan won with 11
points from Harrison and Tom Fitzgerald on 10
points whilst the team of Thomas Mcfarlane and
Kaleb Jans were equal with Will Lumby and Dane
Herbert on 9 points.
The seniors then raced an elimination which
was keenly contested at each lap to avoid being the
last rider over the line and hence eliminated. The
final result was a win to Will Lumby over Thomas
McFarlane and Harrison McLean.
Kaleb Jans and Caleb Murphy raced a one-lap
sprint and after blasting away at the start Kaleb
Jans looked to have it easily secured but Caleb
Murphy eventually had the gear wound up and
challenged down to the line but just missed out.
The seniors finished off with some sprint heats as
well. Tom Fitzgerald just pipped Dane Herbert in
his heat whilst Dylan Adams managed to out-fox
the McLean brothers to win his heat narrowly. In
the final heat it was a classy win to Thomas McFar-
lane over Will Lumby.
Next Friday night the club is scheduled to run
the track championships so we look forward to all
riders being on deck. However the Monday night
training may be interrupted by a rainy night.
Riders may have to use the Wednesday night
twilight Gippsland Road event at Dumbalk as the
week’s training. Along with Sunday morning races
at Warragul most riders have a hectic schedule just
Contributed by Lindsay Love.
Riders go at it in ideal conditions
In cycling action from the Leongatha Velodrome on Friday night February 3, Will Lumby
looks to get a break on Thomas McFarlane on the last bend, during the 10-lap scratch race
but it was Thomas timing his run to the line for the win.
The 12 year-old boys Relay Team of Luke
Muir, Cooper Quaife, Dylan Muir (coach),
Josh Wight and Riley Harris won gold at the
Victorian Country Championships.
South Gippsland Bass
swimmers perform strongly
Mundara wins and
The South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club competed strongly at the Victorian Country
Championships, finishing ninth overall.
Age group winners, back, from left, Hannah Box, Ruby Martin, Alahna Arnason, Kiera
Brown, Jack Dunn, Conary Webb, Thomas Brew, Hayley Wight; front: Jack Allen, Lani
Bellingham, Josh Wight, Mia Deenan and Stuart Bright. N090617
MUNDARA (Yellow) House
won the Leongatha Second-
ary College House Swimming
Sports on Friday at the Korum-
burra pool when seven new re-
cords were set.
Young Joshua Wight broke
four of them, all previously held
by Thomas Bouquet and set in
Jack Dunn set two new
marks while Zara McKenzie
beat Mikaela Cornelissen’s
2011 record in the 12/13 girls
House results: 1st Mundara
387 pts, 2nd Mittyak 357 pts,
312 pts, 4th
Kindyerra 223 pts.
• Zara McKenzie F 12/13yrs
50m Breaststroke 47.26 - Old
Record: Mikaela Cornelissen
• Joshua Wight M 12/13yrs
50m Butterfly 33.69
Record: Thomas Bouquet
2015 39.79; M 12/13yrs 50m
Freestyle 32.15 - Old Record:
Thomas Bouquet 2015 32.63;
M 12/13yrs 50m Backstroke
Old Record: Thom-
as Bouquet 2015 41.45; M
12/13yrs 50m Breaststroke
Old Record: Thomas
Bouquet 2015 41.97.
• Jack Dunn M 18-20yrs
50m Freestyle 28.44 - Old Re-
cord: Matthew Chalmers 2014
29.87; M 18-20yrs 50m Back-
stroke 37.85 - Old Record:
Thomas Curphey 2009 39.50.
Champions and runners-up:
• 12/13yrs Joshua Wight
(champion) and Jesse Helms
(r-up); Mia Deenan (champion)
and Zara McKenzie.
• 14yrs Jack Allen (c) and
Kyle Brown (r-up); Alahna Ar-
nason (c) and Chloe Brown (r-
• 15yrs Stuart Bright (c) and
Thomas Bouquet (r-up); Lani
Bellingham (c) and Zoe Turner
• 16yrs Conary Webb (c) and
Jordan Brown (r-up); Grace Al-
len (c) and Hayley Wight.
• 17yrs Hugh Collins (c) and
Brett Thorson (r-up); Hannah
Box and Ruby Martin (equal
champions) and Shae Kyle (r-
• 18-20yrs Thomas Brew
and Jack Dunn (equal champi-
ons) and Thomas Evans
(r-up); Kiera Brown (c) and
Sarah Bouquet (r-up).
Mundar’s winning house captains, from left, Katie Moch-
rie, Christine Byrne, Hugh Collins and Jordan McFarlane
with the shield. N100617
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