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Warrnambool Away Meet 2016

After school on Friday 10th June, we made our way to Warrnambool where Huntingtower swim club swimmers were competing over the Queens’ Birthday weekend.  On the Saturday, most of the others arrived.    The first thing we did was the jumping pillow, which like the year before, became the main focus of our weekend.
Going to the pool that Saturday afternoon made everyone realize what we were there for.  Finally seeing everyone, we all warmed up outside before getting into the pool.  Brendan and Helen took us for the warm up in the pool.  When it came to dives, one thing everyone had to get used to was how shallow the pool was and the flatness of the blocks.   We were not used to starting from these and I know I found it a struggle.  Once we were all warmed up, we hopped out and all sat together talking and having a laugh while making sure to cheer for everyone and help the coaches.  The Saturday finished rather late.  Slowly as everyone finished their events for the night, they went back to the caravan park to rest for the next big day.  For those who had to stay as they were swimming in one of the last events of the night, pasta was available for dinner and we all made sure to stay full of energy and not get too tired, especially if we had races to come.  By the end of the night everyone was tired and ready to go back to the caravan park for a good sleep as it was an early start the next morning.
The next morning, getting up when it was still dark, was a struggle for everyone but we all knew we had to be in early to warm up.  Luckily Sunday was shorter and ended earlier with lots of good swims, including the relays.
With the swimming day ending well, everyone made their way back to the caravan park where all the kids mucked around with each other.  That night everyone had a shared dinner, talking and reminiscing about the amazing weekend we had.  All the kids then went and curled up on the porch of Claudia’s cabin, with lots of blankets to keep us all warm.  This was great, being able to be close to everyone and talk about everything.  It was getting late but no one showed any signs of going to bed as we all just wanted to talk after a big weekend of swimming.  We called it a night and some of us decided to all sleep in the same cabin, keeping warm and making sure our last night in Warrnambool was memorable.
The next morning everyone got up and sadly had to pack up to start our journey home, saying all our good byes.  Lots of snapchats were sent back and forth all the way home.

Claire Campbell
Captain

Warrnambool - Saturday

It was Huntingtower Swimming Club’s second time entering the Warrnambool two day swim meet.  After a long drive and a few minutes on the bouncing pillow, the swimmers were raring to go!
As the club arrived at the small, crowded and boiling hot Aquazone indoor swimming pool area, we came face to face with our competitors - such as Swimland and Bayside.  Huntingtower, showing no fear, continued to strive and do their best with many PBs on the day.
Overall the Saturday was a great swimming day for Huntingtower with many PBs, state times and of course great efforts. Well done Huntingtower!!!
 
Jordan Lentini
Vice-Captain

Warrnambool - Sunday

On Sunday, the second day of racing, we had some stunning swims. Many swimmers swam some amazing PBs! Congratulations to Isabella C who dropped a whopping 26.00 seconds off her 200m Free with a time of 2:42.25.  James C had an outstanding swim dropping an amazing 22.45 seconds off his 100m Fly with a time of 1:26.05.  Olivia H dropped an extraordinary 21.04 seconds for her 200IM and placed 1st for her age group.  Rob P took a massive 19.19 off his PB, swimming 3:11.67 in the 200 m IM.  An impressive swim saw Claudia W take 18.35 off her PB for the 200 m Backstroke getting a time of 2:58.04.  Ella E had a superfast swim dropping 13.43 seconds for her 50m Breaststroke and taking out 1st place for her age group with a time of 42.18.  Well done to Cody L B who dropped 12.19 seconds for his 100m Breaststroke with an amazing time of 1:53.51.
There was one relay event which had to consist of our four fastest swimmers, with at least two of the swimmers female.  Our team for this meet was Jordan L, Jordan H, Clair C and Jordan L B.   The event was thrilling and super close, with just 5 seconds separating 1st to 5th place.  We placed 4th with a stunning time of 1:54.25!  Go Huntingtower!
All swimmers achieved a PB over the swim meet but Rob P and Ava R swam PBs for all their events!  A fantastic achievement and awesome swimming!
 
After the conclusion of the racing on Sunday, the presentations ceremony was held where we had Phoebe C who placed 2nd overall for the 10 – 11 year old age group with a total of 160 points.
Back at the caravan park where we stayed, we took a group photo on the jumping pillow. The cooks – our parents! - prepared an amazing BBQ dinner with everything ranging from burgers to chicken kebabs. It was amazing to see everyone come together and eat as a club. The chefs did an outstanding job on preparing dinner and I strongly believe that both the parents, swimmers and siblings had such a memorable time.
Hope to see you all at Warrnambool next year!

Jordan le Blanc
Vice-Captain

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