Swimmers claim medals

Colac Swimming Club members, from left, Jason Milenkovic, James Hurren, Tyler Milenkovic, Josh Hansen, Andrea Towers and Joanne Towers impressed at an annual short course meet at Geelong. The club will compete in a Ballarat Top Five series this weekend.

Colac Swimming Club members, from left, Jason Milenkovic, James Hurren, Tyler Milenkovic, Josh Hansen, Andrea Towers and Joanne Towers impressed at an annual short course meet at Geelong. The club will compete in a Ballarat Top Five series this weekend.

TWO COLAC swimmers have claimed medals at an annual short course meet at Geelong.

The Colac Swimming Club had a successful outing at the annual Geelong City Aquatic Winter Short Course meet, with Joanne Towers winning two gold and two silver medals and Josh Hansen winning two silvers and a bronze.

Club secretary Bridgitte Brandis said all six Colac representatives set personal best times despite ongoing disruptions to training due to the upgrade of Colac’s Bluewater Fitness Centre.

“Junior swimmers Tyler and Jason Milenkovic each set personal bests in three of their four events despite taking an extended break from training since March, while senior swimmer James Hurren set personal bests in all five of his events,” she said.

“Andrea Towers set a personal best 1:22.48 in the 100-metre backstroke and impressed with a solid performance in her first attempt at the 400-metre freestyle.

“Cousin Joanne set a personal best 1:03.17 to take second place in the 100-metre freestyle and followed up with firsts in the 100-metre backstroke and 100-metre breaststroke before finishing second in the 100-metre butterfly.”

Hansen used Sunday’s outing as a practice run for his participation in the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Melbourne next week.

He started the day with a 27.07 personal best in the 50-metre freestyle before showing his versatility to place second in the 200-metre breaststroke, 2:42.61, and third in the 50-metre breaststroke, 33.87.

Hansen finished second in the 50-metre butterfly, 28.30, setting his fourth personal best of the day in the process.

The Colac Swimming Club will be on the road again tomorrow to compete in the third of four meets in a Ballarat Top Five series.

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