They came, they swam, they conquered!

Last week students from across the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese gathered at the Forum Pool to compete in the Diocesan Secondary Swimming Championships.

Meg Bailey, a past outstanding swimmer for our Diocese, had three of her Diocesan records broken at this meet.

Eva Potts from St Mary’s, Gateshead had an amazing meet, qualifying in 6 events for the NSWCCC Championships. Eva broke the record in the 16yrs 100m freestyle with a time of 59.28. In the 16yrs 50m freestyle she broke a 2011 record with a time of 27.44, and in the 16yrs 50m butterfly she swam a 29.56. Eva broke Jess Collins' record from 2010 in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:10:86.

Quin Neyland from St Catherine’s, Singleton continued with record breaking swims in the 13yrs 50m backstroke with a time of 33.89, as well as in the 13yrs 100m freestyle with a time of 1:03:03.

Andie Widseth from St Francis Xavier's, Hamilton broke the 17 years+ 200m freestyle record with a time of 2:12:07.

The intermediate girls from St Mary’s, Gateshead broke their own record from the previous year in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2.01:53.

The carnival was well supported by Coast and Valley, school managers, officials and student helpers from San Clemente, Mayfield and St Pius, Adamstown who worked tirelessly to support the event.

The swimmers who will be representing the Maitland Newcastle Diocese at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre next month can be found at:

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