WADE High School held a very successful swimming trials meet earlier this month at the Regional Aquatic Centre, with a number of swimmers setting personal bests and smashing long-standing records.
Over 75 students attended the trials with some excellent results produced on the day.
A new initiative introduced by the school last year, where students nominate in the events they wanted to compete in and have the opportunity to swim against other students in a competitive environment, helped with the encouraging numbers.
Isabelle Wood starred by smashing former Wade High swim star Meg Signor’s 15-year girls’ 50m freestyle record.
Signor’s record stood at 30.32 seconds with Isabelle flying through the pool in a time of 30.06 seconds.
However, the most impressive swim by Wood on the day was in the 15-year girls’ 50m breaststroke, where she shaved an amazing three seconds off the previous record time, which was set in 2005.
Jordyn Garbuio had a very successful day, winning the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and the 50m butterfly.
He was also successful in winning the blue ribbon 50m freestyle event, where the four fastest males across all age groups swam against each other to find the school’s king of the pool.
Garbuio, who is only in Year 9, defeated students much older than him to take the title.
There was plenty of potential shown by the younger swimmers with year 7 students Will Lyons and Tessa Kelly swimming beautifully, while year 8 student Sally Groat kept her family’s tradition of success in the pool, proving very hard to stop in number of events.
Overall, Wade High had 60 students in total qualify for the south west zone carnival in Leeton, where they will be looking to defend their crown as the champion swimming school in the region.