Horsham swimmers to compete at Victorian Country Short Course Championships

SET FOR ACTION: Horsham Sharks Alysa Jenkins, Ethan Jolley, Matthew Ough and Miette Hopper will compete at the Victorian Country Short Course Championships in Shepparton from Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

SET FOR ACTION: Horsham Sharks Alysa Jenkins, Ethan Jolley, Matthew Ough and Miette Hopper will compete at the Victorian Country Short Course Championships in Shepparton from Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

FOUR Horsham swimmers will compete at the Victorian Country Short Course Championships in Shepparton on Saturday and Sunday.

It is one of the best contingents of swimmers the Horsham Sharks have sent to the short course championships in past years.

Mitette Hopper, Alyssia Jenkins, Ethan Jolley and Matthew Ough will compete in at least two events each at the championships.

The short-course championships are contested in a 25-metre pool, as opposed to long-course swimming which is in a full-size Olympic 50-metre pool.

Jenkins is entered in the girls 11 and under 50-metre butterfly, freestyle and backstroke, and 100-metre freestyle and individual medley.

Jolley qualified for the boys 14 to 15 years 100-metre butterfly and breaststroke, and Ough is in the boys 12 to 13 100-metre backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly.

Hopper will race in the girls 11 and under 50-metre breaststroke, 50-metre freestyle, and 100-metre freestyle events.

She also qualified in the 100-metre individual medley, 50-metre butterfly and 50-metre backstroke, but will not compete in them because of a clash with Horsham City Netball Association’s grand final on Saturday.

The four will be part of a 390-strong contingent at the championships, which comprise all non-metro swimming clubs.

Horsham Sharks representative Nerissa Hopper said the Horsham swimmers had done well to qualify.

“They all had to swim qualifying times to be part of the championships and last year we had no-one compete in the short course,” she said.

“We sent three to the long-course championships so we would hope to better those numbers as well.

"It’s a good opportunity for them to test themselves against the best swimmers in the state.”

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