THE Werris Creek swimming carnival was a huge success on Sunday as athletes from around the region and state took the last opportunity to qualify for the NSW Country Championships.
124 swimmers converged for the 45th carnival at the community built pool to compete in over 80 events.
Club secretary Tammy Clark said that they have received significantly more entries this year.
“There are a lot of different clubs represented here from all over.
“It has been a great day and is great for the club.”
The club hired Omega automatic timers from Swimming NSW for the meet, and they got a good workout with the carnival recording a lot of qualifying times.
The highlight of the day was the Dash for Cash events which saw four races over 50m.
The fastest six qualifiers from the individual 50m freestyle races made up the races in age groups 12 and under and 13 and over in both boys and girls.
Raymond Terrace swimmers swept the pool in the senior events, whilst the local Werris Creek contingent hit the double in the junior boys.
Liam Faulkner hit the water first and never looked back, beating team mate Nathan Clark by a full second.
Tamworth City superfish Mikaela Short was upset in a photo finish in the 12 and under girls event.
Shyanna Wardrop from Wingham got the drop on her by 0.09 of a second to take the cash.
Wardrop’s sister Jordana was also on the podium in the 13 and older event.
Seven competitors travelled from Raymond Terrace for the carnival, with their two guns winning both opens individual 50m events before taking the skins as well.
Megan Price just beat Wardrop by a quarter of a second to record a time of 29.84.
The 13 and over men’s event was easily won by 20 year old Jonathan Abel.
Abel powered through the water in a time of 28.17 to beat Tamworth City’s Reuben Short and Alexander Farmer.
“We have never come to Werris Creek before,” Abel said.
“We have had a nice weekend away and it is a good carnival.”
Faulkner and Clark will make up the Werris Creek Country Champs contingent, racing in two events each on February 22 and 23 at Homebush.