Now to go after the one that got away
FOUR girls from Toormina High are all smiles following a gold medal swim in the New South Wales CHS under-15 years 4x50 metre freestyle relay at Homebush Olympic Aquatic Centre.
Candice Brown, Breanna Jozeps and sisters Leah and Nicola Bird cruised through the pool in a winning time of 1 minute 58.14, good enough to gain entry to the national titles.
"Unfortunately we won't be competing," Candice said.
"Entries had closed by the time we'd done our swim."
Teacher Greg Deam said hopes were high after setting a record time at the regional championships.
"They swam 1-59.94 which is amazing," he said.
"By the time they'd swum at the CHS meet they'd managed to improve by more than a second."
At 13, the quartet's youngest member Leah was a last minute inclusion after originally heading to Homebush to swim an individual event.
"Our friend Brodie Murray became ill and I was called into the team in her place," she said.
But despite their success the girls' winning streak ran out two days later when crashing out in the All Schools Championships.
"I think we were a little flat after all the effort and excitement," Candice explained before her teacher revealed the truth.
"Wasn't it because you were weighed down by all the shopping bags?" he asked to their chorus of protests.
"Okay, maybe we did have a lot of fun," Nicola chimed in, "but only after we'd won our event."
All the girls train and swim at Sawtell club under the coaching of Tim Raven and Leigh Eastwood and have made a pact for next year.
The agreement is to chase that missing All Schools title, the one that got away.
"Big chance they'll do it too," Greg Deam predicted.