Huge numbers to flock to Wodonga for long course swimming meet this weekend

DEEP BREATH: Members of the Wodonga Amateur Swimming Club take a quick break ahead of the weekend's long course qualifying meet at WAVES.

DEEP BREATH: Members of the Wodonga Amateur Swimming Club take a quick break ahead of the weekend's long course qualifying meet at WAVES.

More than 180 swimmers from 15 different clubs will head to Wodonga on the weekend to compete in a long course qualifying meet.

Wodonga Amateur Swimming Club will host the event at WAVES on Saturday and Sunday, with three Melbourne clubs – North West Aquatic, Swimland and Waterlions, headlining the entrants.

The 73-event meet will pit local swimmers against competitors from outside the district.

“It is the third year the club has held the meet at WAVES and our reputation with Melbourne clubs continues to grow,” Wodonga Swim Club president John House said.

“Clubs come because WAVES is a great competition pool with adjustable dive blocks and we will have our touch-pad timing system operating at the meet, so swimmers can get the best opportunity to record a good time.”

Wodonga head coach Jenny Weldon said there will be a number of national swimmers competing as a lead up to their State Championship events in December.

Weldon will also travel to Melbourne prior to the championships to take part in a special Victorian high-performance coaches clinic run by former national head coach, Leigh Nugent and Craig Jackson, who coached Mack Horton to Olympic gold earlier this year.

Racing will commence at 3pm on Saturday, with the handicap events on Sunday. 

Adding further interest, the fastest age group swimmer in the 50-metre breaststroke and 50-metre butterfly events will race in a “Splash for Cash” event for a share of $350.

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