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Shortis is 50m king

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March 23, 2018

KYABRAM swimmer Harry Shortis claimed the title in the 50m freestyle finals at the 2018 Country All Junior Swimming Championships in Melbourne last weekend.

KYABRAM swimmer Harry Shortis claimed the title in the 50m freestyle finals at the 2018 Country All Junior Swimming Championships in Melbourne last weekend.

After qualifying in the Goulburn Valley District 19 event in February, Shortis swam in all four strokes on Saturday’s semi finals.

And he beat his qualifying times in each of his swims — reaching three finals the following day.

For the first time ever, Shortis broke the 30 second mark in the 14-year-old butterfly final with a time of 29.94 seconds, beating his personal best time by 1.24 seconds and finishing second overall.

In the 50m backstroke Shortis again beat a personal best time from the previous day by 0.94 seconds, finishing second with a time of 31.65 seconds

Continuing his streak, Shortis powered ahead of the competition in his favourite event, the 50m freestyle where he beat his semi final time by half a second, finishing first with time of 26.59 seconds.

“Harry was extremely pleased with his efforts finishing the weekend with personal best times in each race and gaining a first and two seconds,” father Paul Shortis said.

Harry is now concentrating on Regional Swimming Sports to be held on April 22 where he’ll be competing in five events and hoping to qualify through to the State School Finals to be held in April in Melbourne.

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