Records were shattered and personal best times eclipsed at the annual St Xavier’s swimming carnival last week.

The champion house was Maria Goretti, with the nominations, cheering and encouragement from team members also winning them the participation trophy.

Rising young star Alexis Whitton broke six school records on the day rewriting the open girls 100m freestyle record, 12 years 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and the senior girls’ individual medley.

Eleven-year-old Molly Ramien wrote her name in the record books in four events – 11 years 50m backstroke, breaststroke, fly and freestyle, while Josh Spinks claimed the 11 years 50m freestyle record.

Tadpole Lewis Mainey is showing early promise breaking records in the eight years 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.

Records also fell in the senior boys relay with the Maria Goretti team of Josh Spinks, Charlie Mainey, Darcy Mainey and Alex Jensen, while Maria Goretti House also claimed the record in the senior girls relay starring Molly Ramien, Matilda Denovan, Eugenie Goddard and Hannah Akinyemi.

Individual age champions and runners-up 6-7 years champion: Jock Knapman, runner-up Jake Gurney. Girls: Maddie Whitton, runner up Rae Shorter.

Eight years: Lewis Mainey, runner up Campbell Denovan. Girls: Millie Lyle, runner up Belle Nichols.

Nine years: Rafe Denovan, runner up Wyatt Shorter. Girls: Pippa Wark, runner up Ivy Walshe.

10 years: John Sheedy, runner up Josh Jeffrey. Girls: Skylah Guinery, runner up Audrey Walshe.

11 years: Josh Spinks, runner up Liam Smith. Girls: Molly Ramien, runner up: Hannah Akinyemi.

12-13 years: Ollie Lyle, runner up Darcey Mainey. Girls: Lexie Whitton, runner up Matilda Denovan.

A highlight of the day was the parent, staff and student relay, with teams consisting of two students along with two adults (either staff or parents). The winning team was M&M Mayhem consisting of Graeme Brown, Maggie Brown, Molly Ramien and Dan Ramien who won the golden flippers. 

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