Duo making waves

By Cobram Courier

Two district swimmers have been making big waves in the pool and are busy preparing for a bumper summer of competition.

Cobram-Barooga Swimming Club members Emma Nolan, 14, and Ruby Higgins, 12, have qualified for next month’s Optus Victorian country long-course championships in Warragul.

Nolan qualified for the 14-15-year-old girl’s 100m breaststroke at an Echuca meet, while Higgins made qualifying time for the 12-13-year-old girl’s 100m breaststroke at a Shepparton meet.

The event, on January 26 and 27, is a goal both girls they had been striving hard to achieve.

‘‘It is probably the biggest event we can make. We’re both really excited for it,’’ Nolan said.

On top of qualifying for the championships, Nolan will also compete at the state sprint championships at Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre on January 12 and 13.

She will swim in the 14-year-old girl’s 50m breaststroke event — her favourite stroke.

In another major achievement, Nolan received School Sport Victoria Medallion for outstanding academic and sporting achievement, which was presented to her by her school, Cobram Anglican Grammar, on December 12.

While most of Nolan’s competitions are on in January and February, she has a meet to look forward to at the back end of the year.

On August 17 and 18, she will compete at the Victorian country short course championships at Ballarat in the 14-15-year-old girl’s 100m breaststroke event.

●For those interested in swimming, Cobram-Barooga Swimming Club is running lessons next month at the Cobram pool by Austswim-qualified instructors.

For information about lessons and club squad training, contact Lisa on 0422 821 028 or email the club at [email protected]