Top efforts deserved better
A NUMBER of local swimmers turned in outstanding efforts at NSW All Schools only to miss a place at the Pacific Sc hool Games.
Stephanie Sprott, from Bishop Druitt College, was desperately unlucky to miss selection after producing some outstanding swims in the 15 years girls' age division at All Schools.
Among her swims, she won a silver medal in the 50m butterfly and was placed fourth in the 50m breaststroke, results that saw other swimmers heading for Melbourne.
John Paul College student, Codie Gray, was also on the fringe of selection after producing personal best times in all his swims at Homebush.
He was placed fifth in the 13 years boys 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.
Cody now has his sights set on making the NSW team to compete at nationals next year.
Also swimming from JPC were Jorja Campbell and Bill Latham.
Jorja swam a big program of five events, and her fourth placing in the 16 years girls 200 individual medley was an excellent result.
Sixteen year old Bill had a tough assignment swimming in the senior Boys Multi-disability events. However, he produced his usual gutsy form and was on the verge of Pacific Schools Games selection.
To add further to the profile of Mid North Coast school swimming, Toormina High School had 2 relay teams competing at All Schools.
The 12-14 years girls 4 x 50m freestyle team of Nicola Bird, Candice Brown, Breanna Jozeps and Brodie Murray, swam a great race to be placed eighth.
The 12-14 years boys team of Tim Green, Mat Greenway, Nathan OConnor and Kiarni Pearce also finished eighth a great effort by both teams when pitted against the best teams in NSW.