The Armidale Diocesan swimming carnival at Gunnedah War Memorial Pool was a whitewash for the St Mary’s College team with six age champions and a school record for Millie Lush, who stopped the clock 29.42 seconds in the 17+ girls 50m freestyle.

St Mary’s won the all-age 6 x 50m freestyle relay for the seventh year in a row to hold on to the Armidale Diocesan Secondary Sport Council Shield.

Age champions on the day were Jule Huhn (17+), Darcy Gleeson (16 years), Lachlan Davey (15 years), Zac Akinyemi (14 years), Audrey Hannaford (14 years) and Katie Spinks (13 years).

The very successful event was hosted by St Mary’s College with 16 students selected in the Armidale Diocesan team to compete at the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Friday, March 31.

Those gaining selection include Dylan Stubbs, Millie Lush, Jule Huhn, Darcy Gleeson, Will Mannion, Tayla Nott, Lachlan Davey, Angus Hobson, Dana Campbell, Audrey Hannaford, Baxter Knapman, Katie Spinks, Tahnee Steele, Zac Akinyemi, Felicity Gough and Lachlan Gurney.

Years 9/10 PASS students were congratulated for their efficient timekeeping on the day and helping to pack up and clean up after the carnival.

St Mary’s College students had a busy two weeks in the pool with the school carnival held prior the Armidale Diocesan swimming championships.

The school carnival proved to be a day of fun and fierce competition as swimmers vyed for the age championship trophies across all year groups.

It was also a fun event for those not competing with a great atmosphere throughout the day and a combination of competitive races as well as novelty events.

House captains were congratulated for the organisation of their teams with the Tucan pool toy relays “a sight to see”. 

The champion swimmers in each year level were presented with their trophies at the end of the day:

Year 7: Felicity Gough and Baxter Knapman.

Year 8: Audrey Hannaford and Zac Akinyemi.

Year 9: Macey Carlyon and Lachie Davey.

Year 10: Tayla Nott and Darcy Gleeson.

Year 11: Jule Hugh and Ethan Chavula.

Year 12: Lily Maxwell and Dylan Stubbs.

Three new records were set on the day with Tayla Nott registering a new time of 28.53 seconds in the girls 16 years 50m freestyle smashing the previous record of 29.16 seconds.

The overall winning team was Mercy House, awarded the Bill Clegg Memorial trophy for highest point score (1372), McAuley (1044), Loreto (857), Lourdes (615).

Mercy House also dominated the relay events notching up 235 points to claim the St Mary’s College Ex-students relay cup.

McAuley House (225) finished second in the point score, ahead of Loreto (190) and Lourdes (50). The participation shield was won by Mercy (193), from  McAuley (157), Lourdes (125) and Loreto House (117).

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