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Blues Bliss @ House Swimming!


Proud Allambee Captains Charlie Jack CopyThe best weather in years- it was perfect! Robust competition all day and a reasonable level of participation with most races filled with competitors. Not all relays were full but I am determined to run all levels, as I know all houses have the capacity to fill them if just a few more push themselves. The life skill and thinking should be this “I can barely swim but if I have a crack my house may fill all our relays” – rather than “I will look silly or my team will come last if I swim”. As sport coordinator, team over self is the attitude I push. If next year every house filled every team that would give me more satisfaction than having a pool full of Ian Thorpes!
Highlights for me were the Mirboo U17 girls relay team. This was a mix of one U17 girl and younger kids who missed out on their own age levels relay. They were the only team in this event thus winning and gaining the 8 points despite taking a long time to complete the event. Mirboo’s efforts to get kids in the pool nearly helped them overhaul the talent laden Allambee outfit. Melissa Blackshaw from Mardan sacrificed swimming in her own U16 age group to at least give her team a competitor in the U17s. Abby Button did similar for Allambee and Wade Thompson for Narracan.
Our habit of gaining a new gun swimmer each year from a new student continued. Ben McConachy hit the water and we immediately knew he was a star. Clean sweeping wins in all 7 events comfortably coming close to records set largely by the amazing Stuart Hall and 90s powerhouse Chris Warren. If I knew of his swimming abilities I might have put him in Narracan or Mardan –or maybe not as I am an Allambee man!
Great to see Tayla Bailey have her first ever age group win and brother and sister combination of Natalie and Hayden Barnes winning their age groups. Thanks again to all the helpers, especially Natalie, Josh and Ebony Wright, Ethan Bailey, Jayred Campbell and Emre and Meila Cupples. Also Lana Williamson for tea and coffee assistance.
Allambee finished 12 clear of Mirboo, but competition was fierce all day. The tube events and cork scrambles were popular again. South Gippsland Swimming is Tuesday Feb 20. I hope to see many parents there. Let me know if you can do a stint as timekeeper. Josh Wright and Amy McClennan will captain the team. Let’s push for third this year team. I don’t think we will outscore Wonthaggi and Mary Mac but let’s aim for a clean sweep of the handicap shields.
Age Champions:
Boys Hayden Barnes
Girls Tahni Bartlett
Boys Hayden Anders
Girls Nikita Giardina
Boys Beau Peters
Girls Kelsi Elger
Boys Johnny Lidgerwood
Girls Natalie Barnes
Boys Jack Burgess-Pincini
Girls Taylah Bailey
Men Ben McConachy
Women Amy McLennan

Open Boys Medley Relay
Jack Burgess-Pincini, Ben Mconachy, Connor White, Hayden Barnes

Mirboo 345
Narracan 285
Mardan 248

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