A team of 18 pupils from St  Xavier’s School represented the Armidale Diocese at the NSW Combined Catholic Primary Schools swimming championships in Sydney last week. 

The senior girls relay team of Molly Ramien, Eugenie Goddard, Matilda Denovan and Alexis Whitton won gold and broke the Polding record in the 4x50m freestyle relay event with a sizzling time of 2:08.11. The record was 2:08.20.

The championships opening ceremony began with a beautiful tribute to former St Xavier’s principal Gary McSweeney, who died earlier this year. The championships brought together participants from across 11 dioceses and proved to be a thrilling event showcasing skills, sportsmanship, and competitive spirit. 

St Xavier’s swimmers turned in some excellent results with the top three medallists named in the Polding swimming team to attend the NSWPSSA Swimming championships in Sydney this week: Alexis Whitton (gold senior girls relay, gold 100m freestyle, silver 50m breaststroke, gold 50m freestyle, gold 50m backstroke, gold 200m medley),  Eugenie Goddard, Matilda Denovan (gold senior girls relay), Molly Ramien (gold senior girls relay, silver 50m breaststroke, silver 50m freestyle, silver 50m butterfly, gold 50m backstroke, silver 200m medley), Josh Spinks (silver 50m breaststroke, silver 50m freestyle, gold 50m butterfly, bronze 50m backstroke), Lewis Mainey (gold 50m freestyle), Wyatt Shorter (silver 50m freestyle).  Other St Xavier’s children who competed at Sydney include Millie Lyle, Belle Nichols, Tilly Ramien, Max Smith, Hannah Akinyemi, Ollie Lyle, Audrey Walshe, Liam Smith, Darcy Mainey, Rafe Denovan and John Sheedy.

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