Last Thursday saw the biggest day in the swimming season with the CAS championships. This is the evening the swimmers train towards all year, and once again they did not disappoint.
The evening saw many fantastic performances with multiple students achieving new Personal Bests. We also had some very close races where we managed to get to the wall only inches before the other schools.
This year was also the first time in four years that we were able to have a stadium full of supporters, and the difference it made was incredible. The cheering and support from the Year 8s and Year 11s was second to none, and they definitely helped towards many of those close finishes.
The evening started well, with our Juniors stealing the limelight by finishing in podium positions in their 50m freestyle races, to give us a strong start. At the first points score update we were confidently in fourth, with Barker not far out of reach in third.
As the evening went on, the cheering became louder and the swimmers were even more determined to perform, and they did not disappoint. The final relays are always the most exciting with our 13s and 14s once again taking centre stage, by placing in both of their races. The support did not falter and all our boys performed to their best for their final swims.
As the results came through, we were proud to keep our fourth position, closing the gap to third a little more, every year. The evening had its highs with our Junior School students, Roman Szabo, Hugo Bindner and Jacob Roorda competing at a high level against secondary school students.
We also awarded our CAS swimmer of the night to Ryan McNamara, who won all of his individual races which is an incredible achievement!
CAS is also a sad night as we say goodbye to our wonderful Year 12s, who have been fantastic members of the swim team over the years. So a huge congratulations to Scott Swinburn, Luke White, Carter Hjorring, Campbell Groves, James Clarke, Andrew Moloney and Declan Strong. You will be greatly missed by all the team.
Well done to all the boys for a fantastic season, and here’s looking ahead to moving into that third spot next year!