WEATHER conditions were almost perfect at the Eden pool last Saturday when twenty-four members of the Bega Amateur Swimming Club took part in the Restricted Age Swims.

This competition is for children from under eight to fourteen years and the two fastest swimmers in each stroke, over fifty metres, can now go on to compete in the finals which will be held at the Homebush S.I.A.C. on March 11.

Ten year old Chris Dunning qualified in the backstroke and we wish him all the best when he competes at the next level.

For some of our younger swimmers this was only their first or second competition in a fifty metre pool and they can be very proud of their efforts.

Mitchell Carter, David Buggy, Elly McMillan, Cassandra Ruggiero, Clark D’Arcy, Lalage Riddell, Kaycee West and Kristine Carter all swam well, especially as for some of them it was the second day in a row they had competed in the Eden pool, Friday being the second level of competition for Primary Schools.

Another of the younger swimmers who swam well and is getting his strokes together well was eight year Todd Rollason.

It was back to the Bega pool on Monday night for time trials and fifty-eight children took part in the freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.

It was good to see some of those children who have had an extended holiday back to compete.

Our raffle prize winner still remains a mystery so we hope someone will claim it before next week.

Parents are asked to note that this year they will be asked to pay for half of the cost of their children’s entry fees to the Southern District Carnival, held in March.

In previous years the club has paid for these entries but with the increased cost and the large number of children competing this is no longer financially viable.

Swimmers are reminded that next Monday, February 26, is the last night of regular time trials.

The four Monday nights in March will be taken up with championship swims but any of the younger swimmers who do not wish to contest the long distance events are welcome to come along and swim their normal laps in the allocated swims.

Championship day will be held on March 31, with a 10am start and a list of qualifiers will be placed on the noticeboard after the last night of time trials. Please check to see if you have qualified.

Another reminder, Friday, March 2, is a brace relay and record attempt night. Come along, bring your BBQ tea and enjoy a sociable night.

In the Clubhouse is a list for those people who would like to become more involved with the club and learn how to time-keep, become a starter, or a recorder or any other technical procedure.

Remember that the club does not run by itself and many hands make light work. Your children will benefit, as well as you.

Merit Certificates for Promotion were awarded to: Georgia Guthrey 100m breastroke; Cameron Johnson 100m backstroke; Emily Paczkowski 100m backstroke; David Buggy 66m backstroke; Tim Stary 66m backstroke; Clark D’Arcy 66m backstroke; Aimee Rainbird 66m backstroke.

The children listed below improved their times this week.

Georgia Guthrey 3 secs in back; Drew Smith 6 secs in free; Samantha Matthews 12 in fly; Ranald Riddell 3 in free and 13 in back; Lauren Dawson 7 in free; Tom McMillan 2 in fly; Casey Mitchell 5 in free and 2 in back; Hayley Woods 2 in free and 3 in back; Ryan Dunning 3 in free and fly; John Buggy 2 in free and 3 in fly; Matt Blacka 4 in free and fly; Luke Apps 4 in fly; Danny Ruggiero 9 in free and back; Shelby Roberts 8 in free; Nathan Rowley 3 in fly; Paul Metzler 4 in fly; Brenton Roberts 5 in free; Jayne Rosser 3 in back; Kayle Plumb 5 in back and 3 in fly; Patrick D’Arcy 10 in backstroke; Dane Fox 3 in backstroke; Emily Harper 3 in free; Maddie Kennedy 3 in back; Cameron Johnson 5 in fly; Mitchell Carter 5 in free and fly; Shaun Haigh 3 in fly; Kristine Carter 3 in fly; David Buggy 8 in fly; Rebecca Jones 2 in free, 2 in fly and 4 in back; Blake Moore 3 in free; Kathryn Johnson 7 in free; Craig Matthews 6 in fly; Clark D’Arcy 2 in free; Lalage Riddell 4 in free; Matt Beresford 4 in free, 2 in back and 3 in fly.

Butterfly Times for February 19: (1 Lap, 33m): Danny Ruggiero 1.17.69; Rory Riddell 1.17.00; Cassie Ruggiero 1.14.57; Matilda Carr 1.05.00; Mitchell Carter 55.81; Nathan Rowley 51.69; Todd Rollason 49.8; Lauren Fox 52.12; Luke Apps 46.13; Jayne Rosser 50.72; Kristine Carter 43.66; Kayla Plumb 48.91; Rebecca Jones 42.56; Clark D’Arcy 44.78; Casey Matthews 46.29; John Buggy 40.34; Elly McMillan 46.5; Zac Fitzclarence 44.81; Craig Matthews 37.81; David Buggy 38.72; Lalage Riddell 39.13; Aimee Rainbird 39.34; Georgia Carr 41.4; Sally Ruggiero 41.69; Paul Metzler 35.69; Kathryn Johnson 36.56.

(2 Laps, 66m): Emily Paczkowski 1.19.28; Georgia Guthrey 1.16.50; Emily Harper 1.17.91; Maddie Kennedy 1.17.75; Georgia Kennedy 1.33.00; Lauren Dawson 1.29.22; Cassie Beresford 1.30.00; Patrick D’Arcy 1.25.25; Camilla D’Arcy 1.25.06; Tiani Hayes 1.30.90; Matt Beresford 1.22.41.

(3 Laps, 100m): Drew Smith 2.07.03; Lucy Kennedy 2.05.80; Renee Rollason 2.07.85; Tom McMillan 2.01.34; Ranald Riddell 1.57.06; Molly Carr 1.58.56; Samantha Matthews 1.49.09; Chris Dunning 1.49.28; Stacey Rainbird 1.41.69; Cameron Johnson 1.45.63; Casey Mitchell 1.39.91; Ryan Dunning 1.28.22; Matt Blacka 1.25.97.

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