2015 District Champions - again!!
Bendigo East Swimming Club dominated the pool at the Central Victorian District Swimming Championships on Sunday March 1. The swimmers achieved a clean sweep of the
overall and individual champion awards against a number of other clubs from the region. The Bendigo East team were presented with the Allan Monaghan Shield for
winning the women's aggregate points score and the Charles Turner Memorial Shield for the men's aggregate points score. The club also received the Frank Burgess
Trophy for the overall team aggregate points score, which they have now retained for the fifth year in a row.
The Individual Champion Awards were all won by Bendigo East swimmers, based on the number of points they gained throughout the meet.
Emily Evans won the female 13-and-under award for claiming three gold and two silver medals.
Mitchell Sherlock won the male 13-and-under trophy as one of the most outstanding swimmers of the day. Mitchell received gold medals in all of his eight events
and swam new personal best times in seven of these, to cap an outstanding season where he has improved consistently.
Kate Jordan won the female 14-and-over trophy, claiming six gold and three silver medals.
Matthew Slot won the male 14-and-over award for winning four gold, five silver and one bronze medal. Matthew also received the Wally Stables Trophy in
winning the 400m freestyle.
Bendigo East swimmers won 42 of the 78 events and claimed 117 medals overall. 47 of the 61 swimmers in the team took home medals, showing the overall strength of the team. Coach Tony Rodda was extremely pleased with the efforts of all swimmers. 'In what was a difficult day for swimming, all swimmers acquitted themselves very well with a number swimming at this level for the first time. To be achieving many personal best times under the conditions is a testament to the work the swimmers have put in over the season. It's a wonderful result for the club in what has been a long and at times difficult season. To be able to bring home all four Individual Awards, the Men's, Women's & Overall Shields, as well as the club breaking the most records on the day, is fantastic.' All the 2015 Central District Championships results here and the Bendigo East results.
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.