From Nicola Silsby, Convenor of Swimming
Last Friday, 2nd November, Waverley headed to the North Sydney pool to complete in the St Aloysius Invitational. Despite a warm and sunny day, our night ended abruptly with pouring rain and lightning.
Regardless of the fact the Year 12’s returned from retreat only hours before the competition, all were at the pool on time and ready to compete. We had some great performances from the year 12’s including a tied finish for first from Stuart Swinburn, also setting a new race record.
Throughout the night we placed in many of the races, with backstroke being our strongest stroke where in 8 out of the 12 races we finished first or second. Another great win goes to Carter Hjorring, James Bulkeley, Scott Swinburn and Ben Finegan for our Junior Medley team. They took the lead early on for a strong finish and clear win.
We also had some competitive debuts from Charlie Winkelmeier, James Bulkeley and James Clarke. They performed outstandingly with James Bulkeley and Charlie Winkelmeier winning their respective races.
The night ended abruptly when the lightning, which had been threatening all night, suddenly lit up the sky above the pool. Unfortunately, the last two relays were cancelled due to the weather as there was a rush to get under cover and to the exit.
Although not announced on the night, all of the boy’s outstanding performances led to us keeping hold of the trophy and winning the competition two years in a row! We finished joint first on points with St Aloysius. This is a great way to start the competitive season and I cannot wait to see what more there is to come. All the boys who competed should be congratulated on a brilliant victory.