Day 1 – A very successful first day of the Engie Gippsland Championships was competed under sunny Sale skies. Congratulations to all who competed in both heats and finals.
Special congratulations to EGWD Brendan Malcolm who broke the Gippsland (14 years) and Gippsland Championship Event Record in the Boys 13/14yrs 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.48 breaking Alex Tsebelis’s Gippsland Record and Caiden Gill’s Event Record.
Congratulations to the Traralgon Boys 12 & Under 4x50m Medley relay who broke the Event record in a 2:22.43 (Xavier Haberl, Mark Pistrin, Jordy Cargill and Joel Baillie) and the Traralgon girls Open 4 x 100 Medley team who also broke their Event record in 4:37.72 (Melina deCort, Alice Butler, Bridget Cain and Alice Peddle).
Day 2 saw more records tumble with Jordyn Cargill breaking the 12 years 200m freestyle record previously held by Alex Tsebelis. Jordyn broke the record in the heats and bettered it in the finals clocking 2:12.98 – breaking the old mark by 6 seconds. The Traralgon 12/U Freestyle Relay team of Xavier Haberl, Mark Pistrin, Joel Baillie and Jordyn Cargill broke the Gippsland and Event record by swimming 2:01.03 in a great race against the Warragul boys (Callum Halloran-Lavelle, Riley Griffin, Ben Francis and Rhys Galvin) who previously held the Gippsland Record. Their time of 2:01.33 also broke the Event Record. Fabienne Schoutens broke the Gippsland 17/O and Open 50m Freestyle Record swimming 27.50. 10 year old Ashley Nicholes from EGWD broke the Gippsland 10 years 100m Breaststroke Record swimming in the Open Breaststroke. Ashley broke Matthew Dinsmore’s 2000 record of 1:35.66 when he swam a 1:35.55. Joshua Segnior broke the 400m IM Event record swimming 5:01.57. Sophie Waller (Traralgon Swimming Club) broke the Gippsland 14 years 50m Free Record in the heat of event 42 – 28.84, and again in the Final – 27.60 (previous record – Eliza Jeffs (Traralgon) – 28.98 – 2016)
Day 3: A great third day held under still-sunny skies saw the finale of the Engie Gippsland Championships. Two Event Records fell – Josh Seignior broke the 15/16yrs 100m Breaststroke event record with a 1:07.47. Jordy Cargill broke the 11/12yrs 100m Butterfly event record with a 1:06.82.
Gippsland Trophies and Shields handed out on the weekend included:
Shields for the Gippsland Season
*Andy Barnes Interclub Points Swimming Shield: Traralgon Swimming Club
*Faye Staughton Open Points Shield: Traralgon Swimming Club
*Relay Shield: Traralgon Swimming Club
*Col Ramsay Pairs Shield: Sale Swimming Club
*Con Amalos Shield: Traralgon Swimming Cub
*Tom Osborne Shield: Sale Swimming Club
*Andy Barnes Meet Shield: Sale Swimming Club
*Engie Trophy – Highest Points Summer Season 14 & U : Layaleeta Pannu Moe Swimming Club
*Jeremy Saunders Trophy – Most outstanding Senior Swimmer Outside Gippsland: Emily Beecroft Traralgon Swimming Club
*Noelle Brajkovic Trophy – Most outstanding Junior Swimmer Outside Gippsland: Ruby Storm Traralgon Swimming Club
*Otto Ford/Kathleen Froud Memorial Trophy Encouragement for Boys:
Gus Russell East Gippsland Water Dragons
*Jane Mitchell Trophy Encouragement for Girls: Jordi Vanderkolk South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club
*Alan Harlow Trophies for Boys and Girls for high points for 14 & Under Age events only: Jordy Cargill and Molly Cargill Traralgon Swimming Club Individual Scores 14/U
*Charles Ford Memorial Trophy: Male Gippsland Champion (high points open and age): Joshua Seignior East Gippsland Water Dragons
*Jewel Family Trophy: Female Gippsland Champion (high points open and age): Fabienne Schoutens Traralgon Swimming Club
Individual Scores Over-all
*Ashley Delaney Trophy: Gippsland 14 & Under Champion Club: Traralgon Swimming Club
*Ken Hewat Memorial Trophy: Gippsland Champion Club: Traralgon Swimming Club
Thank you to the Traralgon Swimming Club for their efforts in hosting the 2017 Gippsland Championships.