Success at 2015 Country Championships
The 2015 Country Championships in Geelong saw a very successful meet for the team, as the club finished 5th in the aggregate points score in one of the club's best ever results.
There were many great performances, led by Kate Jordan who snared 8 medals in total, including gold in the girls 17-18 years 100m breaststroke. Emily Evans also had a brilliant meet, winning gold in
the 12 years girls 100m backstroke and butterfly events to go with a silver in breaststroke, and Mitchell Sherlock who claimed 2 silver in the 13 years boys 200m IM and 100m fly, and 2 bronze medals
in 100m freestyle and backstroke. Anna Mittell continued her strong season, winning silver in the 15 years girls 100m butterfly and bronze in 100m breaststroke, while silver medals were
won by Bailey Harriden (15 years boys 100m Butterfly), Cameron Jordan (13 years 100m Breaststroke) and bronze medals went to Thomas Hawke (13 years boys 100m Butterfly), Harry Downing (12 years boys 100m Butterfly) and
Imogen Wassing (11/u girls 50m Breaststroke). Matthew Slot again showed his outstanding potential as an endurance swimmer, taking bronze in the Open 400m IM. The relays also performed
very strongly with the 12/u girls 4x50m freestyle and medley teams both winning silver, and bronze medals won by the 12/u boys 4x50m freestyle and medley teams, and the girls 17/over medley team.
Bendigo East swimmers competing in the championships include Layla Day, Zoe Deed, Xavier Dole, Harry Downing, Emily Evans, Carmen Franz, Jayda Freeman, Alexandra Gibson, Bailey Harriden, Mackai Harriden, Holly Hawke, Madeleine Hawke, Thomas Hawke, Harrison Howell, Hayley Jacobsen, Kyle Jacobsen, Liam Jacobsen, Cameron Jordan, Kate Jordan, James Kealy, Torsten Lau, Zalli Lau, Ziggy Lau, Anna Mittell, James Mittell, Halena Morgan, Kaitlyn Morgan, Xavier Morrissey, Jack Nicholas, Tahlee O'Keefe, Eleanor Rodda, Bryce Schubert, Mitchell Sherlock, Maggie Skewes, Jarrod Slot, Matthew Slot, Erin Smeelie, Connor Symons, Michael Valentine, Kiara Verbeek, Brittany Wassing, Ella Wassing, Imogen Wassing, Charlie Whitsed and Sebastian Wood.
See the overall results of the 2015 Victorian Country Championships and see here for the complete Bendigo East results.
See here for photos of the racing and all the medalists from Geelong.
A team of 21 swimmers represented the club at the State Age Championships, looking to build on a solid season to date, and produced some
very encouraging results. The highlight was the girls 17-18 years 200m butterfly on the final night of competition, with Kate Jordan winning bronze. Kate was the
standout swimmer for the Bendigo East team, her bronze medal capping a successful meet where she qualified for 6 finals, finishing 7th in the girls 17-18 years
100m breaststroke, 5th in 400m Individual Medley, 200m IM and 200m breaststroke, and 6th in 100m butterfly.
The Bendigo East swimmers qualified for 21 finals, with some very encouraging efforts from some younger members of the team. Harry Downing performed strongly in finishing 5th in the boys 11/u 100m butterfly, 6th in 200m IM and 8th in 100m freestyle and Maggie Skewes 8th in the 11/under girls 100m freestyle, 9th in 200m freestyle and 10th in 200m backstroke. Other finalists included Matthew Slot, 8th in the boys 16 years 400m freestyle and 8th in 400 IM, Emily Evans, 6th in the girls 12 years 100m backstroke and 9th in 200m backstroke, Kiara Verbeek 9th in the 14 years girls 100m breaststroke and Mitchell Sherlock 8th in the boys 13/under 800m freestyle with a 14 second PB and 9th in the 200m butterfly. Among many other great performances, the effort of Jarrod Slot in finishing 12th in the boys 14-15 years 1500m with a 26 second PB was outstanding. The relays teams have also performed very well, all swimming under their entry times, with the girls 12 4x50m freestyle relay and the girls 18/u 4x100m freestyle relay teams both finishing 11th.
"BESC aims to develop the opportunity for swimmers of all abilities to progress from learning to swim to competitive swimming, and achieve their full potential in a supportive, friendly, and social setting. The club encourages community and team spirit, and strives to promote a lifelong love of the sport."
Kate Jordan - 2015 State Age bronze medalist in 200m butterfly2014-15 Time Trials program
You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
The Bendigo East Swimming Club is very proud of the joint venture with the Melbourne Vicentre club. As a result of
this arrangement, swimmers have opportunities to train with Vicentre squads in Melbourne on a regular basis. The club looks forward to the further
development and strengthening of the links with one of the strongest clubs in Australia.
- Michael Phelps
The Bendigo East Swimming Club is very proud of the joint venture with the Melbourne Vicentre club. As a result of this arrangement, swimmers have opportunities to train with Vicentre squads in Melbourne on a regular basis. The club looks forward to the further development and strengthening of the links with one of the strongest clubs in Australia.