The 50m freestyle was next on the schedule with some fast times across the board. Oliver Pickering from Year 8 clocked the fastest lap of the day with 32.76 seconds. The breaststroke saw many participants and some smooth, slick styles. The butterfly event is often exhausting for participants and entertaining for the crowd but Year 12 student, lifeguard and long time swimmer Luca Tansley-Beckerman dove in and showed the younger students how it’s done. The backstroke saw some fresh faces crossing the finish line first.
The 100m freestyle offered the keen beans a chance to really kick things up a gear. Ariel Jeffreys from Year 9 swam the fastest time with 1 minute 26 seconds for two laps. The day ended with the year level relays. The teachers even submitted a team which was looking good for gold before some allegedly cheeky transitions from another team. Third umpire footage is still being reviewed.
The energy and participation levels greatly increased as the Primary School carnival took over layter in the day. There was lots of splashing from the pool and many squeals from the excited crowd. Mallee and Wyana from Class 6 tied for the fastest lap of the day of 40 seconds in the 50m freestyle. The breaststroke event had many participants and some close finishes, even requiring finals as times were so tight. The students did well with the butterfly and backstroke event, some even giving the 100m freestyle a go. It was great to see some beautiful swimming technique in the 25m novelty events as well.
At the end of the day 45 students qualified for regionals, which will be held at the Tweed Aquatic Centre in Murwillumbah, next Tuesday February 27. This is a great achievement and the students should be very proud of their efforts. We wish them all the best.
A big thank you goes to the Year 11 PDHPE students who helped time keep all day and were great role models to the younger students. Thank you to the parent volunteers and to all the staff who helped out before, during and after the event. Special thanks to all the happy and humble swimmers. It was a fun day with a strong focus on participation not podiums.