The swimming season this year started in March, and after a problem in venue bookings, was extended by six weeks. This called for a much bigger commitment from the college’s swimmers, which was adequately met. The team trained together three mornings a week down at Victoria Park Pool braving the cold until moving to Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre for the last 4 weeks.
On the night of Tuesday 28th May, at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, the St Andrew’s College swimming team claimed victory. The team of six, including Benjamin Romeo, Nathaniel Romeo, William McNamara, Angus McPherson, Matt Jepson and Matt Treloar, produced a very convincing win by a points margin of 47.
The night was off to a slow start due to technical difficulties with the electronic timing, but this was by no means reflected in the performances of the St Andrew’s Swimmers. Two of our team members produced an impressive tie for first place in the 50 freestyle to start off the night, followed by wins in the 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. After the diving, St Andrew’s continued to swim well, winning the 50 butterfly and 200 freestyle. Special mention goes out to Matt Treloar, who despite being a breaststroker, managed to grab first place in the 200 freestyle. The competitors finished strong by winning both the medley and freestyle relays. With an average of 2nd place in each event over the whole competition, it was a great night of racing from the whole team, and a much deserved win.
Benjamin Romeo (Rawson Swimming Sec 2013)