Harry just keeps on improving

By Kyabram Free Press

KYABRAM swimmer Harry Shortis competed at the Victorian Country Swimming Championships in Warragul during the Australia Day long weekend.

On Friday, the heats saw Harry swim one of his seven individual events and four relays representing the Shepparton Swimming Club.

Harry achieved a personal best in the 14-15-year-old 100m backstroke and qualified for the finals later that afternoon.

In the Friday finals Harry’s first swam in the men’s open 400m freestyle, placing third and then in the 100m backstroke he was able to take more time off his personal best and secure a bronze medal in his age group.

During the Saturday heats Harry swam first in the 14-15-year-old 100m butterfly, improving his time by .69 of a second and qualifying for the final.

He then swam in the open men’s 100m freestyle heats and then the 14-15-year-old 200m individual medley heats, gaining close to a four-second personal best time and qualifying for another final.

In the finals on the Saturday afternoon Harry placed fourth in the butterfly and improved his time again.

In the 200 individual medley he placed fifth and took second off his time.

In the Sunday heats Harry swam in the 14-15-year-old 100m freestyle. He qualified for the finals and shaved another second off his personal best time.

Harry then swam in the men’s 200m open freestyle and again qualified for a final.

In the Sunday finals session Harry gained another personal best time in the 100m freestyle and placed second. His time was just above the national age qualifying time by .8 of a second.

In the 200m open men’s freestyle Harry also placed fourth.

Harry’s focus is now on the April national championships in Adelaide where he has qualified for the 400m and 200m freestyle events.