Ovens and Murray Championships 2017
The Ovens and Murray Swimming Championships were held in perfect autumn weather at the Albury Swim Centre on the weekend of March 4th and 5th. The highlights of the meet were the 100m Freestyle Open Events. The Dr Worch trophy for the open male was won by 18 year old Harrison Evans from the Wodonga Swimming Club who improved on his third placing last year to win in a time of 56.22 secs. He was closely followed by Reagan Coates (Wodonga, 56.67) and Will Elgin (Albury North Lavington , 57.04).
The Gordon Dowling trophy for the open female was won by Lucinda Macleod from Wodonga City club in a blistering time of 1:00.14. Considering Lucinda is only 12 years old, the record in this event (held by Olympian Belinda Hocking, 59.44 sec in 2006) could well be under jeopardy in future years. Coming in a close second was last years’ winner, Mackensey House from Wodonga (1:00.53) with Maggies Skewes from Wangaratta (1:01.21) closely behind.
Albury was the most successful club overall followed by Wodonga and Wodonga City Clubs.
There were many records broken during the meet. Mackensey House broke Erin McLeave’s 2001 record in the 16 year old female 50m Freestyle in a time of 27.94. Wodonga’s Declan Herring scored two records with a times of 31.87 in the male 17-35 year old 50m breaststroke and 25.45 in the 50m freestyle. In the same age group, Harrison Evans from Wodonga broke the 100m Butterfly record with a 1:01.94). Wangaratta’s Maggie Skewes was on fire taking both the 50m (30.90) and 100m (1:07.91) records for butterfly in the 13 year old female age group from previous Wangaratta star Eliza Ham. Lucinda Macleod from Wodonga City eclipsed the record for 12 year old females 100m Backstroke in a time of 1:13.27. Sixteen year old Zoe Deacon from Wodonga took out the record in her pet event, the 100m Breaststroke with a tidy time of 1:19.51. The older male events for the over 35’s saw a number of records tumble with Russell Ferguson from Wodonga City winning the 100m Breast (1:26.56), 100m Backstroke (1:16.69) and 100m Freestyle (1:04.89). Teammate Craig Macleod took the record in the 100m Butterfly (1:23.60). Bailey Smith from Wodonga broke the record in the 11 year old boys 50m Freestyle with a time of 30.53. Albury’s Sophie Clifford was most impressive in the 10 and under old female 100m Breaststroke breaking Callie Marsh’s 1992 record with a fast 1:33.92 win.
The Meet would not have been such a success without the support of the hosting club, Albury Swim Club, the management and staff of the Albury Swim Centre, and the tireless volunteer officials who ensured the smooth running of the event.
Age Group Champions were as follow:
8 & Under: Archie Kreutzberger (Albury) and Jenna Ruhbaum (Albury)
9 yrs: Cooper Hall (Albury) and Madeleine Clifford (Albury)
10 yrs: Oscar Kreutzberger (Albury) and Sophie Clifford (Albury)
11 yrs: Bailey Smith (Wodonga) and Alice Male (GT Aquatics)
12 yrs: Nicholas Evans (Wodonga City) and Lucinda Macleod (Wodonga City)
13 yrs: Joshua Furze (Albury North Lavington) and Maggie Skewes (Wangaratta)
14 yrs: Bailey Clemson (Albury) and Annie Brown (Albury North Lavington)
15 yrs: Will Elgin (Albury North Lavington) and Claire Hernan (Wangaratta)
16 yrs: Liam Dowling (Wodonga City) and Zoe Deacon (Wodonga)
17-34 yrs: Harrison Evans (Wodonga) and Sarah Whitehouse (Wodonga City)
35 & over: Craig Macleod (Wodonga City) and Leanne Evans (Wodonga)
Multiclass: Georgia Cooper (Albury North Lavington)
Victorian Country Short Course Swimming Championships to be held in Wangaratta on 19th and 20th August 2017.
The Victorian Country Short Course Swimming Championships will be held at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre on August 19 and 20 2017. The meet will be hosted by the Ovens & Murray District Swimming Association who hosted the meet previously at this facility in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. The Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre is located on Schilling Drive in Wangaratta.
The indoor pool facility in Wangaratta has been ideally suited to holding this meet since opening in 2002. The 200 grandstand seats which the district supplements with temporary grandstands and rental seating allows us to achieve the required pool seating capacity of at least 800. The recent carpark upgrade by Council has further enhanced the facility.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this event. Please contact Brendon Shiels at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.