Country swimmers sizzle in Shepparton

31 January 2018
2018 Vic Country Champs
Written by: Swimming Victoria

Over the weekend, clubs from around Victoria came together at Aquamoves in Shepparton for the 2018 Victorian Country Championships. Over the three days of competition we saw amazing performances from some of the best swimmers from regional Victoria.

Temperatures soared during the event, and despite the challenging conditions, it was great to see such a positive and unifying atmosphere on display from all the swimmers, coaches, Officials, volunteers and spectators.

The Traralgon Swimming Club continued its dominance of the Championships, once again claiming the Alan Monaghan Shield for the highest aggregate point score for all events. Traralgon finished with a combined aggregate point score of 2586 ahead of Geelong (1114), Warrnambool (946), Bendigo East (830) and South Gippsland Bass (801) who rounded out the top five clubs.

In addition to the Alan Monaghan Shield, a number of other awards were presented at the conclusion of the event. Congratulations to the following winners:

Australia Day Medallion
Awarded for the best male and female performances, based on the highest FINA point score. 

Male                Brennan Swift, Shepparton (671)
                         Coach – Michelle Swift

Female            Zoe Deacon, Wodonga Amateur (707)
                         Coach – Jenny Weldon

Australia Day Perpetual Trophy

Awarded to the club that scores the highest aggregate point score on Australia Day, or on the day that Australia Day is celebrated at the Championships.

Traralgon Swimming Club (928)

Bruce Carter Trophy
Awarded for the best performance by a 14/O Victorian competitor based on the highest aggregate points.

Zoe Deacon, Wodonga Amateur (176)
Coach – Jenny Weldon

Rob Godfrey Memorial Trophy
Awarded for the best performance by a 13/U competitor based on the highest aggregate points in 13/U events.
Madison Cooper, Geelong (100)
Coach – John Beckworth

Napthine Shield
Awarded for the highest aggregate point score for all male and female events

Male                Traralgon Swimming Club (920)

Female            Traralgon Swimming Club (1592)

Herb Jeffrey Award
Awarded for outstanding service to Country swimming in excess of twenty years.

Kevin White (Yarrawonga/Mulwala)

After a busy couple of months, the Victorian Championship season has now come to an end, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of exciting competitions coming up on the Swimming Victoria calendar!

We now look forward to the inaugural Victorian Relay Competition on Saturday 10 February at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). Open to swimmers of all ages and non-members, this event includes some fun and unique races. It will be a great day of swimming for all involved, so we hope to see you there!

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