Pool still Shane's goal

The original article by JOHN GRECO is posted (with picture) on The Many Daily since 2 Feb 09 @ 02:41pm

FRESHWATER swimmer Shane Cross has ruled out a permanent switch to compete in open water events despite a sensational win in the Cole Classic on Sunday.

The talented 20-year-old beat home a field of more than 4000 swimmers to win the main 2km event at Shelly Beach.

In a perfect tune-up for next month’s Australian Swimming Championships at Homebush, Cross won in a time of 21mins 52secs, with Stacey Hansford taking the women’s division.

“I really enjoyed it but I think it could just be a one-off,” Cross said of his open water swimming future.

“I only entered because a few guys from my squad were going in it. It was a fun swim but it hurt quite a bit.

“Going out was OK but coming back in I was feeling it ... it was pretty hard.”

For his win Cross has won a trip to Vanuatu in the middle of the year to compete in another two open water events.

But it’s in the pool where the former Warringah Aquatic Centre swimmer is desperate to make his mark.

Cross has been working extra hard over the summer months with coach Tony Shaw with the Australian championships in mind.

The event is doubling as a selection event for this year’s World Championships and the individual medley swimmer is hoping to make his first senior Australian squad.

“I’m not going to say I’m going to make it definitely but I’m feeling pretty good in the water at the moment,” Cross said on Monday while relaxing at home watching the Superbowl.

“This (Cole Classic) win was a bit of a surprise but I’m really focused on doing well at the trials.

“I at least want to swim a few personal bests and then see what happens.”

Cross will swim both the 200m and 400m IM, in which he is ranked fourth, at the championships.

The Australian Swimming Championships run from March 17-22.