Hervey Bay primary zone swimming carnival - record breakers (back L) Charlie Elder (Star of the Sea - 9 yrs 50m backstroke) and Josiah Wells (Kawungan S/S - 10 yrs 50m freestyle) with (front L) Michael Wells (Kawungan S/S - 11 yrs 50m backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle) and Tessie White (Star of the Sea - 10 yrs 50m freestyle).
Hervey Bay primary zone swimming carnival - record breakers (back L) Charlie Elder (Star of the Sea - 9 yrs 50m backstroke) and Josiah Wells (Kawungan S/S - 10 yrs 50m freestyle) with (front L) Michael Wells (Kawungan S/S - 11 yrs 50m backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle) and Tessie White (Star of the Sea - 10 yrs 50m freestyle). Alistair Brightman

Star of the Sea upholds dominance

STAR of the Sea school was able to continue its domination of the Hervey Bay Zone swimming carnival yesterday when it defeated its nearest rival by 122 points.

The school accumulated 221 points during the meet leaving runner-up, Kawungan State School, in its dust on 99 points.

The school has won the title 13 times since the schools began competing in the event in 1988 and Star of the Sea has won it for the past five years in a row.

Never before have they won it as convincingly as they did yesterday, however, recording their highest-ever winning margin.

Star of the Sea teacher Billie Willis was thrilled with the results, including two record-breaking swims from Tessie White and Charlie Elder.

White broke the carnival record in the girl’s 50m freestyle event while Elder broke the record for the nine-years boy’s backstroke.

The 38 swimmers from the school placed from first to fourth in each event, an amazing result, Willis said.

Willis said there was a healthy rivalry between each of the schools but Star of the Sea had definitely earned bragging rights this year.

The kids returned to the school yesterday and did a lap of honour.

“It will be a big ask to live up to what we did this year, that’s for sure.”



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