Only one club member contested the comeback NSW State Championships on the 10th and 11th April after the first break in 45 years (in 2020 due to Covid).
Swimming at the Sydney Olympic Pool, Homebush, with our sister club Tuggeranong so he could compete in relays, club Vice President John Collis came away with three medals and several near misses.
In his favourite stroke, breaststroke, John finished 2nd in the 50m with 41.42 seconds and 2nd in the 100m with 1:39.81. He came 3rd in the 200m individual medley (3:57.18), a difficult swim made harder when his goggles filled with water as he dived in. John came 4th in both the 100m backstroke (1:44.74) and 100m butterfly (1:49.07), swimming both these events for the first time in competition.
John proved his worth in the relays, swimming in both the 240+ Men’s 200m Freestyle and the 240+ Mixed 240+ (2 women and 2 men) Medley relays.
The freestyle team came fourth in 2min 15.43 seconds with John swimming the third leg in 38.81, while the medley team also finished fourth. Overall John finished fourth of the NSW swimmers in his age group pointscore, while Tuggeranong finished 3rd of 34 clubs with a total of 804 points.
It was a great experience, with swimmers of all shapes and sizes, and all ages and abilities doing their best and supporting each other in their efforts.