Swimmers give it their personal best

A MASSIVE number of personal best times were set at the Woolgoolga Swimming club's picnic carnival on Saturday. "There were so many I feel some of the youngsters were surprised how well they did," club spokesperson, Sheenah Whitten remarked. A near record 76 swimmmers from Crescent Head to Grafton took part in the meet with ten accomplishing a clean sweep of every event they entered. "We allocate points on a sliding scale and a swimmer finishing on 60 points is actually unbeaten," Whitten said. Sawtell swimmer Alex Sutton was one of the undefeated brigade with judges nominating him the outstanding athlete on the day. "He won most of his events by big spaces and has a great deal of talent," according to Whitten. "When he goes he's really fast." Closest competition came among the 13 year boys with no more than a touch separating the lads in most events. But it was the 100m individual medley for the nine years girls than stole most attention. Or more precisely, the uninvited intruder which brought the event to a halt at a delicate stage. "The race was half over when a blue tongue lizard dived into the pool and swam in from of the girls," Whitten said. "Maybe the reptile received the biggest shock when the field pulled up to give it right of way. "It finished it's swim before climbing out and disappearing behind the stands." Whitten said nobody could remember seeing the like before. Next weekend the swimming spotlight shifts to Macksville for the Skins tournament.



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