2018 Victorian Open Roundup

Congratulations to the 42 Melbourne Vicentre swimmers who qualified and competed at the Victorian Open Swimming Championships this past weekend. In our bubble of excellence it is very easy to forget that simply qualifying for this Championship is an achievement of significant proportions. Our swimmers are not simply some of the best in the state, they are also some of the best in the Country and some of the best in the world.

As the saying goes it takes a village to raise a child, it could equally be said it takes a great club to create champions. Without the generosity of our members who donate their time as officials and timekeepers to Swimming Victoria, competitions like this championship would not go ahead. Thank you to all who assisted in the safe and effective running of the meet.

Melbourne Vicentre punched well above its weight taking home the silver position overall behind USC Spartans. This meet saw many interstate and international swimmers converge on Melbourne for the opportunity to better their times coming into the Commonwealth Games Trials and as such many Victorians who would normally receive medals as being the fastest in the state had to be satisfied with lower order rankings in their individual events. Yet, our team still brought home a stack of medals. Congratulations to Hayley Baker and Mack Horton who were named the female and male swimmer of the meet.

Our congratulations go to individual medal winners and finalists:-

Women’s 50 Back MC Ashleigh McConnell, Silver (fastest Victorian)
Men’s 400 Free Mack Horton, Gold
and our adopted son from Italy, Gregorio Paltrinieri, Silver,
Jorden Merrilees, finalist
Men’s 200 Fly Theo Benehoutsos, Bronze
Men’s 50 Breast Daniel Cave, Bronze (fastest Victorian)
Thomas Houston, finalist
Men’s 50 Breast MC Ahmed Kelly, Silver
Matthew Ward, Bronze
Women’s 100 Free Koti Ngawati, finalist (fastest Victorian)
Elyse Woods, finalist
Men’s 100 Free Jack Gerrard, finalist (fastest Victorian)
Win Oo finalist
Benno Negri, finalist
Women’s 200 Back Sian Whittaker, Bronze (fastest Victorian)
Hayley Baker, finalist
Tahlia Micallef, finalist
Men’s 50 Back adopted son from Germany, Per Klienschmidt, finalist
Kyle Rodger, finalist
Men’s 200 Free MC Ben Morrison, finalist
Men’s 200 IM Justin Woolley, finalist
Men’s 400 Free MC Ben Morrison, finalist (fastest Victorian)
Women’s 400 Free Elyse Woods, finalist (fastest Victorian)
Men’s 50 Fly Theo Benehoutsos, finalist
Men’s 200 Back Jorden Merrilees, finalist
Oliver Nash, finalist
Women’s 100 Back Hayley Baker, Bronze (fastest Victorian)
Sian Whittaker, finalist
Gabi Peiniger, finalist
Men’s 100 Breast Daniel Cave, Bronze (fastest Victorian)
Justin Woolley, finalist
Men’s 50 Free MC Ben Morrison, finalist
Women’s 50 Free MC Ashleigh McConnell, Silver (fastest Victorian)
Men’s 200 Free Jack Gerrard, finalist, (fastest Victorian)
Jorden Merrilees, finalist
Mitch Davenport-Wright, finalist
Theo Benehoutsos, finalist
Benno Negri, finalist
Women’s 50 Free Koti Ngawati, finalist (fastest Victorian)
Elyse Woods, finalist
Men’s 100 Breast MC Ahmed Kelly, Gold
Matthew Ward, finalist
Men’s 100 Fly Theo Benehoutsos, finalist
Mitch Davenport-Wright, finalist
Oliver Nash, finalist
Men’s 200 Breast Daniel Cave, Bronze, fastest Victorian
Justin Woolley, finalist
Women’s 200 Free Elyse Woods, Bronze (fastest Victorian)
Sian Whittaker, finalist
Koti Ngawati, finalist
Men’s 50 Free Benno Negri, finalist
Win Oo, finalist
Women’s 200 IM Hayley Baker, finalist (fastest Victorian)
Women’s 50 Back Hayley Baker, Silver (fastest Victorian)
Sian Whittaker, finalist
Men’s 100 Back adopted son from Germany, Per Kleinschmidt, finalist
Women’s 100 Free MC Ashleigh McConnell, Finalist (fastest Victorian)
Men’s 1500 Free our adopted son from Italy, Gregorio Paltrinieri, Gold
Mack Horton, Bronze

Relays are very special events that opened and closed each day of this championships. To succeed in relay events, a club needs a depth of talent as well as the capacity to work together for the common good. Our team dominated the relay events in a display of solidarity with each other and overall strength in and out of the water. Congratulations to all our relay swimmers, we are very proud to cheer your success.

Mixed 4x50 Free Relay Gold to MVC “A”, Jack Gerrard, Benno Negri, Koti Ngawati, Elyse Woods.
Men’s 4x100 Medley Relay Gold to MVC “A”, Jorden Merrilees, Daniel Cave, Theo Benehoutsos, Jack Gerrard
Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay Silver to MVC “A”, Gabi Peiniger, Koti Ngawati, Sian Whittaker, Elyse Woods
Women’s 4x200 Free Relay Gold to MVC “A”, Koti Ngawati, Elyse Woods, Gabi Peiniger, Sian Whittaker
Men’s 4x200 Free Relay Gold to MVC “A”, Mack Horton, Jorden Merrilees, Jack Gerrard, Mitchell Davenport-Wright
Silver to MVC “B”, Theo Benehoutsos, Benno Negri, Jordan Hazan, Oliver Nash
Women’s 4x100 Free Gold to MVC “A”, Elyse Woods, Koti Ngawati, Sian Whittaker, Gabi Peiniger
Men’s 4x100 Free Relay Gold to MVC “A”, Jorden Merrilees, Jack Gerrard, Benno Negri, Mack Horton
Silver to MVC “B”, Win Oo, Theo Benehoutsos, Mitch Davenport-Wright, Oliver Nash

Well done Melbourne Vicentre!

Thank you to Amanda Tonkin-Hill for compiling the results

 

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