Published: Dec 20, 2012 09:49:07 AM Updated: Jan 7, 2013 11:08:26 AM
The Victorian Age Championships produced some outstanding performances on Day Two, headlined by the Victorian Institute of Sport’s Mack Horton who smashed the Victorian All Comers record by more than 5 seconds in the Boys 16 Years 400m Freestyle. Coach Craig Jackson was impressed with Horton’s performance and believes attitude is the key ingredient to every swimmers performance at a Championship event.
“Athletes must use every opportunity to learn how to race well. Every race is a learning opportunity and should be contested to the best of an athlete’s ability. Never race soft just because you can. This is one of the biggest mistakes young swimmers make at this level. When you get to a senior or international level, you have to be able to race heats, semis and finals well,” said Jackson.
Surrey Park’s Jemma Schlicht had an outstanding night of her own, recording victories in the Girls 15 Years 100m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly. The talented youngster was dominant in both races and displayed the performance of one of Australia’s brightest young swimmers. Schlicht has had an outstanding year in both the Long Course and Short Course formats and will be eager to add to her medal tally by Championships end.
Australian 50m Backstroke bronze medallist Hayley Bakerwas ultra-impressive in the Girls 17-18 Years 100m Backstroke to beat a highly competitive field in a time of 1:04.17. The Melbourne Vicentre swimmer lead by only .04 seconds from rival Samantha Wilkins (1:04.63) at the half way point, but was able to call on her racing experience to hold off the talented Wilkins who finished second.
After dominating last year’s Victorian Age Championships, 13 year-old Jessica Adams demonstrated fantastic racing prowess in the Girls 13 Years 200m IM to set a new Victorian Age record for the event. The DVE Aquatic swimmer’s time of 2.22.63 was marginally better than Traralgon’s Gerogia Tsebelis’ mark set in 2010. Maribyrnong’s Paris Vasta (2:26.66) continued to be a model of consistency, claiming second with Mornington’s Samantha Howe just behind in 2:26.72.
The Victorian Age Championships continues tomorrow with 29 events set to take place at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Over 1400 athletes from 114 swimming clubs will take part over six days of competition making it the biggest event on the Victorian swimming calendar for aspiring young swimmers aged 11years-18 years.
For full results please visit www.swimmingvictoria.org.au.