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Sensational swimming efforts in Swan Hill


4 swimmers…12 events…11 gold…1 silver… plus Layla Day was awarded joint Swimmer of the Meet and Arthur Swan Medallist. What a sensational day for our small yet dominant team at the Loddon Mallee Swimming Carnival.



With a small team of just four the Catherine McAuley College Swim Team travelled to Swan Hill on Thursday 21 March for the Loddon Mallee Regional Swimming Carnival

Starting the day in the very first event was Varlee Nihill in the Open 200m Freestyle and she set the standard for the day, winning that event with ease.  She then backed that swim up with a win in the Open 100m Breastroke followed by the 16yr girls 50m Breastroke.  Her performances were fantastic.  In her final individual event of the day she came second in the Open 200m Individual Medley event.  Aimee McMahon continued with the high standard that had been set winning the girls 15yr 50m Breastroke event. It was definitely a good start to the day

Up next was the talented Layla Day.  Layla followed the lead of the other two girls winning all five of her individual events – the 16yr Girls 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and the Open 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke.

These three girls then added Arkie Donnelly into the relay teams where they continued to be brilliant winning the 15-16 yr girls 4 x 50m Medley Relay and the girls 16yr 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay.

With the addition of the relay wins, Layla was the awarded the Arthur Swan Memorial Medal as the Swimmer of the meet with her total of five Individual and two Relay Gold Medals.  She shared this award with Lara Judd from Echuca as they both finished with the same results, just in different age groups.  It is the 2nd time that Layla has won this award and we congratulate her on her amazing achievement.

It was a sensational day with a wonderful group of girls, who kept us highly entertained.  All of their results were simply incredible and we are very proud of the four girls who represented the College with pride and distinction.

Mrs Maree Pearce, Activities Coordinator

L-R: Layla Day, Varlee Nihill, Arkie Donnelly, Aimee McMahon
Layla receiving the Arthur Swan Medal
Layla Day
Aimee McMahon
Varlee Nihill