Junior swimmers shine on national stage

Victoria’s Benno Negri came fifth in the final of the 17-18 Boys 50m freestyle at the 2017 National Age Swimming Championships.

JEWISH swimmers from Victoria and New South Wales performed strongly at the National Age Swimming Championships in Brisbane last week.

The standout performance was by 17-year-old Jordan Hazan, and his three Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club teammates, who won gold in the Boys’ 18 and Under 4 x 100m medley relay on April 21.

Hazan’s team won the race in three minutes and 45.42 seconds, almost four seconds faster than their seed time for the meet.

Hazan also came 26th in the Boys’ 17-18 400m freestyle and the 200m backstroke, and 31st in the 100m backstroke.

Fellow Victorians, the Negri brothers, posted the best individual results.

Elder brother Benno, 18, was sixth-fastest in the 17-18 Boys’ 50m freestyle prelims with a time of 23.54 seconds.

He swam even faster in the final – 23.44 seconds – finishing in fifth place.

Dante Negri, representing MLC Aquatic, finished an impressive sixth in the heat and the final of the 16 Boys’ 50m freestyle.

He touched the wall in the prelim race in 24.28 seconds and shaved

one hundredth of a second off that time in the final.

Dante’s next best finish was 12th in the 100m butterfly.

The best result by a Jewish swimmer from NSW was by Knox Pymble Swimming Club’s Maya Murphy, who equalled her seed time of one minute and 5.8 seconds in the prelims of the 15 Girls’ 100m backstroke to qualify for the final.

She then beat that by eight hundredths of a second to finish eighth.

Maccabi NSW swimming club representative Alon Pajor came 19th in the 15 Boys’ 400m freestyle and 31st in the 200m freestyle.

Victorian Ashley Weill gave a strong showing on the national junior stage, beating her seed time to touch the wall in one minute and 6.19 seconds to finish 11th in the heats of the 15 Girls’ 100m backstroke.

In the 200m backstroke prelims, Weill came 13th.

Jesse Nissen, representing Melbourne H20, came 22nd in the 15 Boys’ 100m backstroke in one minute and 2.33 seconds – smashing his seed time by six seconds. Isabella Smorgon also swam two personal bests in the Girls’ 17-18 100m and 200m breaststroke.