The Far North Coast Swimming Association kicked off the new swimming season with the Far North Coast Qualifying Sprint Championships at Alstonville Olympic Pool on Saturday, where the Ballina Indoor Swim Team won by a huge margin. The Ballina swimmers accumulated a massive 1163 points, leaving runners up Twin Towns on 780 points and Trinity third with 764 points.
A total of 200 swimmers took part in 40 events with Keatyn Simpson setting a new record in the 14 years 50m butterfly and Rory Shea doing the same in the 16 years 50m butterfly.
Twenty seven swimmers stayed back in the afternoon to compete in the Distance Championships.
Ballina Indoor proved their strength again with 277 points, followed by Ballina Emmanuel Anglican College on 80 points and Twin Town Services Swim Club omn 64 points.
Emmanuel Anglican Colleges Kacey Pilgrim and Sion Pretorius both had record-breaking wins, with Kacey in the 13 years 400m individual medley, the 800m and 1500m freestyle, and Sion in the 17 years 400m individual medley.
The Far North Coast Swimming Association is now busy preparing a team to compete at the NSW country regional meet at Kempsey. Swimmers who attended the swimming camp on August 13 are encouraged to contact Peter and Britt Charlton ASAP on 6686 8299 if they are interested joining the Far North Coast Team for the meet.
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