Djaran steals show
MACKSVILLE'S Djaran Smith stamped his class on the opening Mid North Coast block swimming carnival at his home pool on Saturday.
One of a strong field of 186 competitors, Smith set six new records swimming for the Macksville Marlins Swimming Club.
It has been an excellent year for the youngster who was named as NSW PSSAswimmer of the meet earlier this year and will contest the Pacific School Games in December.
Apart from Smith, former Bellingen and now Port Macquarie-based swimmer Fiona Connell captured three new records as did club mate Reece Turner.
Setting two new records were Trisha Stephens from Taree and Rhyss Oxenford from Port Macquarie.
Single event record breakers were Geoffrey Eastwood (Sawtell), Jorja Campbell (Sawtell), Callan Gibbs (Macksville), James Magnussen (Port Macquarie), Damien Tutt (Macksville Marlins), Adam Frost (Forster Aquatic) and Melissa Hely (Sawtell).
Port Macquarie swimmers set a new record in the 4 x 100 metres open boys relay while Port Macquarie also set a new record in the Macksville RSL Memorial 8 x 50 metres relay.
Each competitor swims in an open event and then are awarded ribbons for their age groups in eight years and under through to 16 years and over.
Mid North Coast competition secretary, Leesa Barrell said 14 clubs from throughout the district were represented from Woolgoolga in the north to Forster in the south.
Swimmers attending the carnival represented Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Crescent Heads, Cundletown, Forster, Kempsey, Laurieton, Macksville, Port Macquarie, Sawtell, Taree, The Swimming Academy Port Macquarie, Wingham and Woolgoolga clubs.
Other outstanding age group swimmers were Alina Tape from Macksville in the eight years and under girls, and Jorja Campbell from Sawtell in the 16 years and over girls.
Divisions are decided after points are accumulated at four carnivals during the season.
Other carnivals are set down for Coffs Harbour (State age distance carnival) on November 26, Kempsey (block three) on December 9 and Port Macquarie (block four) on February 3.
State Age for swimmers aged nine to 12 will be held on January 6 with the same carnival for 13 years plus through to open in conjunction with the State Open water on January 13.
Regional country titles will be held at Banora Point on January 27 with the Speedo series restiricted age on February 17, the NSWcountry titles on February 24 and the speedo finals will be held on March 17.