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Swimmers Cap Off Season in Fine Style
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This week saw the culmination of the APS Swimming season at MSAC.

The College's boys swam as a combined team with Geelong Grammar on Monday night and had a successful night with many fine performances and PBs recorded. In competing against the much larger Melbourne schools, our boys were not to be outdone and enjoyed the opportunity to swim in front of a large and boisterous crowd.

In particular, our Swimming Captain Bryce Newton performed well in the 200m Individual Medley, as did Lachie Congdon, who came fourth in the U17 Freestyle Relay. Archie Vernon and Max Mauderer also swam well on the back of their fine surf seasons, with Archie recording a sixth placing in the "A" U16 Backstroke and a PB in the fly leg of the U16 Medley Relay.

Middle School swimmers also had a good meet, with James Gard swimming three 50m Butterfly events, a fine achievement. Charlie Rahdon capped off a fine season as did Harry Hayden in the U13 Breaststroke with a credible seventh placing. Overall the Geelong Combine finished the night in ninth place, beating Carey and capping off a very successful and enjoyable season.

Tuesday night was the turn for the College girls' team to travel to Melbourne for the final of their swimming season. Competing against six other APS teams, College finished in fifth place ahead of Geelong Grammar. It was an excellent night of competition for the girls, with many fine performances on the night.

While all members of the team swam excellent times, a number of girls achieved results which made the whole team very proud. Lacey O’Brien won her U14 "A" 50m Freestyle in a time of 29.67, which was only 1.35 seconds off the APS record. Lacey also came second in the U14 "A" 50m Fly and the U14 "A" 50m Bk. Pia Falk also capped off an excellent night, recording a first placing in the U16 "A" 50m Bk and a 1st in the U16 "C" Free. Behlana Robinson came first in the U17 "A" 50 Bk in an time of 32.91 - this was an excellent race, and Behlana’s time was only 2.1 seconds off the record held since 2008. Sophie Blackford’s effort in the U16 "A" 50m Breaststroke was a highlight of the night, as she fought to the finish line to beat the Caulfield champion Isabel Ekelmans and win in a time of 37.61. All girls capped off their season with excellent performances and should be very proud of their efforts throughout the season.

Phil Taylor
Teacher in Charge of Swimming

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