Melbourne Swimming Club Bendigo team combine for seven title medals | Bendigo Advertiser

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THREE swimmers representing the Melbourne Swimming Club Bendigo team combined for seven medals at the recent Victoria Age Championships. Grace Dobie (12 year old girls), Nicholas Kearns (14 year old boy) and Emily Kearns (16 year old girl) represented the newly formed team, created six months ago and coached by Matthew Kearns. The team had a successful encounter at the Victoria Age Championships, with Dobie winning a trifecta of gold medals in the backstroke events. Dobie won gold in the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke for girls age 12 to become a three-time state champion. Nicholas Kearns won a pair of bronze medals in the 14-year-old boys’ 50m and 100m freestyle events, following the silver he won in the 50m freestyle at the sprint championships in Victoria in January. Kearns was also recently crowned the competition’s Loddon Mallee School Sports Sporting Swimmer, winning the Arthur Swan Medal and setting two Loddon Mallee records in the 100m and 200m freestyle. And Emily Kearns won silver in the 16-year-old girls 200m backstroke and 100m backstroke, following the silver she won in the 50m backstroke at the Victoria Sprint Championships earlier in the year. “The team got off to a dream start from its concept and has been in great shape winning medals at the highest Victorian level with Grace Dobie headlining, becoming a three-time State Age Champion,” said said Coach Kearns this week. “Nicholas Kearns has improved markedly this year at his new club winning his first medals at state level and also winning the prestigious Arthur Swan Medal for Swimmer of the Competition at Loddon Mallee School Sports which was a great achievement.” And Emily Kearns continued her steady run at the state level with multiple medals. “The team will now focus on the Australian Age Championships which will be held in April and the Australian Swimming Championships in May. Both meetings will be held in Adelaide. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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