Perth City Swimming Club kicked off the winter season with a road trip to Geraldton over the long weekend to compete in the Geraldton Short Course Classic.
This was a great opportunity for members to mingle with swimmers who were new to competing, and new to the club. The meet sessions only ran for half a day to allow for plenty of time outside of each day to relax, and spend some time with family and friends.
Saturday began at midday and featured plenty of excitement from all swimmers. Junior swimmers earnt themselves ‘PB lollipops’ with each improvement, and “age and open” swimmers earning a ‘200 Fly lollipop’ for their impressive swims. Special mention to Jackson Govers for swimming his 400 Freestyle as a 400 Butterfly – truly earning a 400 Fly lollipop.
Relays brought the team together at the end of the day, with our 10/u 4 x 50m Freestyle relay team finishing third, our 12/u finishing fourth, and our open teams finishing first, second, sixth and seventh.
Day 1 ended at The Hogs Breath Cafe with way too much dessert, some very full stomachs and a ‘birthday surprise’ for age swimmer Keeley Tonner.
Day 2 began early with a usual 8am warm up, plenty more PBs, but unfortunately no more lollipops. Junior swimmer Breannah Hughes took out second in the 50m Freestyle ‘Dash for Cash’ event and won herself $50.
Our 10/u 4 x 50m Medley relay team placed second, earning themselves another set of relay medals. The 12/u team placed fourth, and open teams finished second, fourth, fifth and sixth with an exciting comeback from all teams.
At the conclusion of the meet, we celebrated William Cawood’s 13th birthday, and said our goodbyes to those who were driving back to Perth.
The Perth City presence was 30 swimmers strong this year, and it was great to see all the swimmers proudly wearing their ‘Geraldton 2016’ team shirts.
Special thanks to Geraldton Swim club for hosting the meet, the coaches for guiding the swimmers throughout the weekend, Jozette for organising the dinner and all the parents and family members who came down to watch the club race.
Written by Maddi Moutia