Wednesday 14 March saw the Holy Cross College ACC Swimming team make their way to Challenge Stadium to compete in the F Division Carnival for 2018. This year saw our most committed and thorough preparation phase with around 40 students at training from 6:50am every Tuesday and Friday morning. The team’s preparation was greatly aided by Mr Jarrad Pisano, Fiona de Courcier and Mrs Orilee Ryan’s fantastic coaching and technical modification which was also well supported by the Senior Students taking ownership of selected training sessions.
As the training phase drew to a close, we successfully participated in the NEAS Swimming Meet and our annual training morning at Bayswater Waves which signified our readiness for the Carnival. Our final team gathering before the big day was our Squad Breakfast where we gave out final pieces of information and announced our Squad Captains for 2018. Congratulations to Hannah Schnell and Chloe Ryan who lead the team fantastically in the training phase and on the Carnival day itself.
The Carnival was a day of mixed results with some fantastic efforts and achievements paired with some swims that were just below what we were hoping for as a team. As the day wore on, the committment and spirit that was apparent since day one of training shone through with a number of students stepping up into different events for the benefit of the team.
A strong showing in the relays saw us finish the day in 4th position overall which, while pleasing, will serve as the motivation for an even better result in 2019. The culture and committment developed by the students in recent years with regards to effort and preparation has been brilliant and I have no doubt that the returning students will have their eyes on bigger and better things in 2019.
This was the last ACC Swimming Carnival for our Year 12 students, these students have played a large role in developing the culture and expectations mentioned earlier and they should be extremely proud of this.
We look ahead to our next ACC event, the Cross Country Carnival in Term 2 with excitement.