A squad of 22 Gunnedah swimmers scooped the pool at Narrabri last weekend bringing home a swag of medals including more than 50 gold.

Narrabri pool records were shattered by Baxter Knapman (12), Eugenie Goddard (11), Alexis Whitton (11), Molly Ramien (10) and Josh Spinks (10), with Molly and Alexis undefeated all day in their age groups, while Audrey Hannaford was only beaten in one event, winning nine races on the day.

Audrey claimed a blistering first place in the 200m freestyle and 200m medley, 50m and 100m fly, backstroke and breaststroke and 100m freestyle. The speedster’s silver medal came after a close tussle with clubmate Dana Campbell in the 50m freestyle, where Dana touched in front by 0.09 of a second in a tightly contested race. 

Molly Ramien left the opposition in her wake, winning 12 gold medals from 12 races in the 200m freestyle, medley, backstroke and breaststroke, where she slashed 18 seconds from her entry time. The NSW Country qualifier also won gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle, backstroke, fly and breaststroke.

Alexis Whitton turned in an amazing performance on the day winning nine events – the 200m medley, freestyle and breaststroke, 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and fly, 100m backstroke and breaststroke, along with a bronze in the 100m freestyle.

Twelve-year-old Baxter Knapman fleeced the opposition of nine gold at Narrabri, winning the 200m individual medley, freestyle and breaststroke, 50m breaststroke, fly and backstroke, 100m freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke where he improved his personal best time by 5.17 seconds.

Rising young star Josh Spinks (10) won seven gold medals at Narrabri, with strong performances in the 50m freestyle, back and fly, 100m freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke and 200 medley, plus a silver in the 50m breaststroke. 

Fifteen-year-old Alex Thompson performed well winning the 50m fly and 100m breaststroke and backing up for second place in the 50m breaststroke and backstroke and 100m and 200m freestyle. 

Cooper Whitton (12) had a great day, with a strong win in the 50m freestyle, silver in 200m medley, freestyle and fly, 100m freestyle, backstroke and fly. He rounded off a great day with bronze in the 50m breaststroke. 

Thirteen-year-old Dana Campbell competed strongly in her age group with gold medals in the 50m freestyle and 50m swim-off. She also performed well in her other events bringing home silver in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m fly.

Also competing in this age group, Danika Jones turned in a great effort, finishing just out of medal contention with fourth place in the 200m freestyle and 200m medley and 50m backstroke. 

Big improver Shiloh Moore (12) won silver in the 50m fly and bronze in the 50m breaststroke, while clubmate Katie Spinks (12) won the 50m breaststroke and snatched second place in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, with bronze medals in the 50m fly and backstroke. 

Twelve-year-old Tahnee Steele gave away size to claim first place in the 50m and 100m fly, while Eugenie Goddard (11) picked up a bronze in the gruelling open 200m fly, 50m freestyle, breaststroke and fly, with silver in 100m fly.

Twelve-year-old Will Jansen won silver in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, while the Mainey brothers continue to improve at every meet – Darcy Mainey (11) won bronze in the 50m freestyle, silver in the 50m backstroke, breaststroke and fly. 

Darcy capped off a great day by shaving a massive 25.43 seconds from his 200m medley to finish fifth. Younger brother Charlie (10) turned in a great effort, just missing medals in the 100m breaststroke where he clipped almost eight seconds from his 100m breaststroke time.

The youngest Mainey is already showing great promise in the pool, with seven-year-old Lewis winning gold in the 50m breaststroke and backstroke, silver in 50m freestyle and fly, and a huge improvement of 34.18 seconds in his 50m fly. 

Eight-year-old Wyatt Shorter is also improving, wining gold in the 50m freestyle and fly, silver in 50m backstroke, and 50m and 200m
breaststroke.

The club’s tadpoles Jock Knapman (6) won the 25m breaststroke, finished second in freestyle and third in backstroke, while Madelyn Whitton (6) won bronze in 25m back, with seven-year-old Jimmy Loveridge grabbing silver medals in 25m backstroke and fly. 

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