After braving many cold early morning starts, and even dodging a shark during an open water training session, the Drew’s women distinguished themselves by winning the Rosebowl Swimming for the third year in a row at the Intercollegiate Swimming Carnival held on 1 May at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Despite being up against some tough competition, particularly from a strong Women’s College team, our girls managed to stay focused in order to get the job done. Special mentions must go to Alex Finlay-Jones and fresher Lucie Williams who took out 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Diving event, while both Mekayla Everingham and myself were lucky enough to touch first on three occasions.
However, as clichéd as it sounds, winning the Rosebowl Swimming was genuinely a team effort. There were some unexpected circumstances on the day of competition, which resulted in last-minute team changes and a number of our women needing to swim events they were either not expecting, or had not trained for. In true Drew’s spirit, the team showed their resilience and excelled anyway.
Special congratulations must go to Amy White, Liv Peck, Bea Hobson, Weenie Hobson and fresher Maisie McFadyen for really stepping up. Every point was important, and the way our team kept the scoreboard ticking over, event after event, really was the key difference when the final points were tallied.
A big thank you also to everyone who travelled out to SOPAC to cheer all of our swimmers on. It was a long night of competition, but the enthusiastic roar of all our College friends really kept our spirits high and our energy levels boosted. Every little bit counts!
Congratulations to our women!
- Amy van Dongen (fr 2017) Rosebowl Swimming Sec 2018