Dominant Wanganui scoops pool at inter school carnival

March 01, 2018

Wanganui Park Secondary College proved to be the stars of the pool on Saturday with a dominant display at the Goulburn Murray Division Inter School Swimming Carnival.

Wanganui took all three major crowns on offer — the male and female aggregate trophies as well as the overall championship — comfortably winning the Aquamoves-hosted carnival from Notre Dame College by more than 200 points.

Rounding out the podium was Cobram Secondary College, which despite being more than 400 points behind Wanganui in the overall standings, took out the Challenge Shield, a total adjusted for how many students the schools have.

Numurkah Secondary College ran fourth, with McGuire Secondary College edging out Cobram Anglican Grammar for fifth by one point.

Individual stars for Wanganui included Haidyn Symes, Kayla McFarlane, Skye Swift, Ryley Symes, Brody Wild and Zach Wild, who all won their age group titles.

Top two finishers in each event qualified for the Hume Region Carnival, to be in Wodonga on March 20.

Goulburn Murray Division convenor Laura Smithers-Shaw said she had seen enough to suggest a quality showing at the regional event.

‘‘While numbers were down a little this year, the GMD swimming carnival continues to provide a great opportunity for students to represent their school in a competitive but friendly atmosphere,’’ she said.

‘‘While the standard will rise at the Hume Region Carnival, the talent on show indicates the GMD swimmers will do very well at the Hume carnival.’’

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