On Wednesday of last week, the ACC swimming championships took place at MSAC. Thirteen different schools from within the ACC brought their best swimmers to compete against one another.
Our Whitefriars swim team had been putting in the hard yards behind the scenes, training at Aquanation, Ringwood Tuesday and Thursday morning in the weeks prior. Being coached by old Collegian Hugh Parrot, the boys progressed quickly and in the training session before the Carnival, the boys were showing experience and confidence in not only their strokes, but the technical aspects such as race starts and relay changeovers.
Being in Division 1, we were one of the six best schools the ACC had to offer and it’s fair to say we certainly matched the expectation. Our juniors were our strongest age group as a school, they finished with multiple podium finishes in both the individual and relay events. This resulted in them not only winning the Year 8 age group flag, but also the Junior Cup. Fair to say Whitefriars has a bright future in the pool! Our Intermediate and Senior levels fought hard all day and did very well for themselves, finishing around about that 3rd to 4th range in the individuals and pushing for the 1st and 2nd placing in the relays. As a school we finished 4th place in division 1 which is an incredible achievement, but it didn’t just happen. I spoke to the boys before the Carnival started and I said, ‘it doesn’t matter where you finish in your races, just focus on using up everything in the tank and leave it all in the pool’. The boys did exactly that, they fought hard all day and it was these efforts that put Whitefriars in such a good position to wrap up the day.
As a Captain I couldn’t be prouder of the boys, and I know that this group will continue to fight hard to rise up the rankings in all future Carnivals.