WARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club’s (WSC) junior competitors have stolen the spotlight from the club’s seasoned swimmers.
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Just days after WSC’s more senior members wrapped up an exceptional national titles campaign in Adelaide, the club’s juniors sparkled at a competition in Melbourne.

The club had 34 youngsters qualify for the 2012 Victorian Country All Junior Competition, which is a sprint program for swimmers aged six to 14.

Competitors had to perform well at regional level to earn a spot on the blocks in the finals at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre last weekend.

WSC president Peter Logan was pleased with Warrnambool’s representation at the All Juniors.

“Certainly it’s the most we’ve had in the last five or six years but it was more the impact that those 34 had over the weekend,” he said.

“It was very impressive and we weren’t expecting them to do so well.

“In the space of a month, they had gone through regional qualifiers and some of them had improved out of sight, especially when you’re talking over 50 metres.”

Overall, it was the club’s best result in seven years with 34 contesting semi-finals and 13 making it through to finals. Those 13 brought home two gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

Laura Riordan, 12, won gold in the 50-metre breaststroke after cutting her personal best by almost six seconds in the past month.

Blake Turner, also 12, won three silver medals in the 50-metre butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke while 14-year-old Kirra Umbers won gold in the butterfly. Sean Darcy, 13, picked up silver in the 50-metre backstroke and bronze in the 50-metre butterfly. Tayte Lang, 12, won silver in the 50-metre backstroke and 14-year-old Grace Tanner won bronze in the 50-metre breaststroke.

Alex Jones, Thomas Buckley, Jason Pritchard, Billy McPhee, Lainey Miller, Georgina Vallence and Emily Bartlett all qualified for finals.

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