It was an historic occasion on Friday 24 February, with St Joseph’s competing in their first major ACC Swimming Carnival at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Preparations for the Carnival began in Term 4 last year, with weekly before school training. The Year 7 students joined the training squad at the beginning of Term 1 this year and with morning training twice per week followed by the much-enjoyed team breakfasts, the anticipation and enthusiasm grew as the Carnival fast approached.
The boys competed extremely well on the night, with 27 medal placings from the 31 events they competed in. The U17 team were awarded the Champions Pennant for their age group, while all other age groups finished in second place. This resulted in an overall third place in the aggregate standings for our division.
The entire squad has exhibited terrific commitment in the lead up to the Carnival, with great camaraderie developed amongst the entire group. Congratulations to all boys for not only the many strong performances in the pool but also for the terrific way in which they represented the College.
I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our competing Year 12 boys, led by Team Captain Ryan Feuerstein, supported by Liam Lowe and Daniel Clarke. These boys have been outstanding contributors to swimming at the College in their six years and have provided excellent leadership, particularly for the junior team members. I would also like to especially thank Head Coach, Mr Steve Clarke, along with the many staff that assisted in the morning
training sessions, for their work and dedication.
Well done to all involved and we look forward to the swim squad commencing preparations for the 2018 Carnival at the beginning of Term 4.
Mr Paul Trubiani
Head of Sport