TEENAGE Warrnambool swimmer Isaac Jones leaves the Australian Swimming Championships today a rising star.
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The 16-year-old produced a two-second personal best in the heats of the 200-metre butterfly on Saturday, catapulting him into the semi-finals on Saturday night.

While swimming a second slower than his morning qualifying swim in the semi-final, it was still a second better than his previous best heading into the championships in Adelaide.

Jones was the 44th quickest entering the titles, which double as the Australian Olympic trials.

He finished eighth in his semi-final behind Queenslander Nick D’arcy, ranking him 16th in the country.

Warrnambool Swimming Club president Peter Logan yesterday hailed Jones’ performance.

“To make a semi-final is a pretty sizeable achievement and not one he thought he would achieve,” Logan said.

“It’s something pretty unique for someone from our club. If he wasn’t on the map before the championships, he is now.

“There wouldn’t be any other clubs outside metropolitan Melbourne to have a kid in a semi-final at the Australian Swimming Championships.”

Jones, who won bronze at last year’s national age championships in the 200m butterfly, is now ranked number one in the country for 16 year olds. He will get a chance to further underline that when he contests the age titles next month.

“He is swimming better than he has,” Logan said.

Warrnambool club members Melody Keath (50m butterfly), Josh Sobey (50m breastroke) and Jack Paulka (100m butterfly) will contest heats tomorrow in their events, while Michael Paulka lines up in the 50m backstroke heats on Wednesday.

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