Colac swimmer within fingernail of state record

Colac junior swimmers Amber Whipple and Adam Vesey contested Victorian Age Swimming Championships in Melbourne.

COLAC junior swimmer Adam Vesey has come within 0.3 seconds of claiming a state swimming title.

The Colac Swimming Club member secured silver in a 13-year-old 100-metre butterfly final at Victorian Age Swimming Championships at Melbourne’s Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Adam went into the final ranked third after butterfly heats and improved to second behind Melbourne’s Matthew Shaw in a time of 1:03.29.

The result came on the back of a fourth-place finish in the same event at last year’s championships.

Adam said his main focus was registering a national qualifying time for the 100-metre butterfly.

“I didn’t really look at the second for starters, I was looking at the times for nationals,” he said.

“I was rapt with the time and I was really happy with where I finished.”

Adam said the encouraging result had come after he settled pre-race nerves.

“I was a little bit nervous but I was also fairly relaxed – I was ranked third and I knew if I could change some things I could get up there.”

Colac’s Amber Whipple missed her final for the 100-metre butterfly.

Colac Swimming Club secretary and Adam’s mum Bev Vesey said both swimmers had performed strongly.

“Both Adam and Amber have decided to only go in two events this year, Amber swam her heat but didn’t qualify for the final,” she said.

“Adam managed to pull off a silver which was very exciting.”

The Victorian Age Swimming Championships, which wrap up tomorrow, are an opportunity for top juniors from across the state to qualify for national finals.

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