THE records tumbled at the New England and North West Swimming Championships at Scully Park’s South and West War Memorial Pool in Tamworth on Sunday.
22 new records were set, with the swimmers raising the bar high.
Scully Park’s Ellie Camilleri, Tamworth City’s Mikaela Short, Armidale Alligators’ Lucy Fenwicke and Keiren Weston and Gunnedah’s Eden Kleinschafer were among the standout performers, breaking multiple records.
Camilleri set new marks in the open girls’ 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly, 200m breaststroke, and the 16yrs and over 50m butterfly.
She was, not surprisingly, also the open female age champion.
Weston won the male and the mixed multi-class age championships to go with records in the mixed open 50m backstroke, freestyle and butterfly.
Short also broke three records in the 10yrs girls – the 50m backstroke, butterfly and freestyle.
Kleinschafer mirrored that in the 13yrs, while Fenwicke wrote her name in the record books in the 12yrs 50m backstroke and butterfly.
Scully Park’s Hugh Wolfgang (12yrs boys’ 50m backstroke), Narrabri’s Josiah Barnes (15 and over boys’ 50m backstroke), Muswellbrook’s Joseph Hamson (10yrs boys’ 50m freestyle), Kootingal-Moonbi’s Nathan Watts (12yrs boys’ 50m freestyle), Inverell’s Hamish Migheli (13yrs boys’ 50m breaststroke), Scully Park’s Luci Gerathy (13yrs
girls’ 50m breaststroke) and Scone’s Talia Bruce (16 and over girls’ 50m breaststroke) also eclipsed the old mark in their respective events.
Hamson was also the 10yrs age champion, Migheli the 13yrs and Barnes the 15yrs while Short was the best in the 10yrs girls, Fenwicke the 12yrs and Kleinschafer the 13yrs.
Inverell’s Poppy McLean earned the honours in the 8yrs and under, Gunnedah’s Rebecca McLean the 9yrs, Narrabri’s Laura Gourley the 11yrs, Jamie Prendergast (Scully Park) the 14yrs, Armidale Alligators’ Winona Rumble the 15yrs and club-mate Harriet Raleigh the 16 and over.
Tamworth City’s Josh Riggien was the 8yrs and under boys’ champion, Gunnedah’s Ashton Harris the 9yrs, Gunnedah’s Jackson Carr the 11yrs, Scully Park’s Angus Wolfgang the 14yrs and Inverell’s Jack Butler the 16 and over.
145 swimmers took to the water, representing 16 different clubs stretching from Moree, Narrabri and Inverell to Muswellbrook and Scone.
This Sunday, the attention turns to Gunnedah, with the club hosting its annual carnival.