It might have been close to the coolest place in the region but about 500 school students set a hot pace in the pool at Armidale yesterday.
And another couple of hundred bigger kids will take to the Monckton Aquatic Centre today as the pool hosts the zone primary and secondary schools swim carnivals.
The Primary Schools Swimming Carnival – was the first off the blocks yesterday with the Combined High Schools students in the swim today.
The first three in each event qualify for the state carnival at Homebush next month.
Pictured among the swimmers competing were, from left, Ben Venue junior 200metres relay girls Isobelle Dick, Olivia Clarke, Brielle Ball and Elise de Crespigny.