Swimmers make a splash

Beau Tape from Macksville competing in the 12 years and under boys 200 metres individual medley at Bellingen Splash carnival on
Beau Tape from Macksville competing in the 12 years and under boys 200 metres individual medley at Bellingen Splash carnival on


FOUR new records were established at the tenth annual Bellingen 'Splash' swimming carnival on the weekend.

The meeting's media spokesperson Danny Kollen said the records were for new marks in the junior age groups at the Bellingen pool.

"Both girls had to travel distances to compete so it was quite an achievement to stay fresh and focussed through the day," he said.

Grafton's Taylor Wilkes broke her records in the seven year 25 metre breaststroke and freestyle while Morgan Rowbottom of the Armidale Alligators club tackled the eight year 50 metre breastroke and freestyle, for her top times.

Both girls added the title of 'age champions' to their stack of credits from the carnival.

Kollen said more than 100 competitors had swum on the day, travelling from across the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands.

"Bellingen carnivals are always well attended," he said.

"The structure of the pool allows for fast times and the swimmers get a positive indication of how well they are doing."

The next competition fixture will be at Kempsey next Saturday when the Mid North Coast Block 3 Championships will be held.


Age 6 girls - Tahlia Kollen (Bellingen)

Age 6 boys - Mitchell Bailey (Port Macquarie Swim Academy)

Age 7 girls - Taylor Wilkes (Grafton)

Age 7 boys - Harrison Darley (Dorrigo)

Age 8 girls - Morgan Rowbottom (Armidale0

Age 8 boys - Sam Newell (Coffs Aquatic Centre)

Age 9 girls - Kelsey Wilkes (Grafton)

Age 9 boys - Billy Hennessey (Macksville)

Age 10 girls - Tayla Chapman (Grafton)

Age 10 boys - Callan Gibbs (Macksville)

Age 11 girls - Sharnie Tape (Macksville)

Age 11 boys - Jo Ashley (Bellingen)

Age 12 girls - Leah Bird (Sawtell)

Age 12 boys - Alexander Sutton (Sawtell)

Age 13 girls - Candice Brown (Sawtell)

Age 13 boys - Jordan Monro (Sawtell)

Age 14 girls - Breanna Jozeps (Sawtell)

Age 14 boys - Matt Greenway (Sawtell)

Girls 15 and over - Stephanie Sprott (Coffs Harbour)

Boys 15 and over - Geoffrey Brand (Coffs Harbour)


(mixed 300 metre swim)

1 - Coffs Harbour

2 - Sawtell

3 - Coffs Harbour B

4 - Macksville

5 - Bellingen

6 - Grafton

7 - Coffs Aquatic Centre

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