Mercy Shows No Mercy
There are no signs of Mercy House’s reign of dominance faltering after yet another solid display of swimming excellence and participation. Winning comfortably by over 200 points, Mercy remains a powerhouse in the pool. Despite having only two Age Champions in their House, it is the continued participation in all events which has seen them become a force.
2021 saw the College back at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre after their renovations and we were greeted with beautiful blue skies, possibly an omen for the day of Mercy victories that lay ahead. After the early events of 200IM and Backstroke, the stands and grass hill began to fill with princesses of all colours. Yes, the combined Disney Princess theme was embraced by all, including staff who relished the opportunity to dress up.
With chanting restricted somewhat by Covid, the House Skits didn’t disappoint. Judges were impressed with all performances on the pool deck but it was McAuley and Coolock who would battle it out for first place. However, some creative costumes and an intriguing theme managed to get McAuley over the line to take out the House Cheers for 2021. Thank you to Sofia, Logan, Jasmine and Olivia for their hard work as House Captains for not only these skits, but also for their support and assistance throughout the day.
Throughout the day, the competitive swimming events were hotly contested with many Age Champions only being separated by a few points, or in two cases, shared. There were seven records set on the day, six of which were from Olivia W who was named Champion Swimmer for the third year running. Notably, Olivia broke four records which were over 25 years old!
For those less serious swimmers, the salmon races were very popular. Each Year level is given an allocated amount of time to swim (or walk) as many laps as possible. This year, more than 1000 points were accumulated between the Houses which is a great sign of school spirit. Moreover, if swimming was not your thing, then the Belly Flop Competition might just have been the catalyst to get you in the pool. With a record 25 entrants, Year 12 student Fallon made up for her 2020 defeat and impressed all judges with her rehearsed flop.
It was so pleasing to see such great spirit, participation and happiness from the students. There are not many days when the whole school community can enjoy sunshine and each other’s company outside of school. Thank you to all staff for their assistance, support and problem solving skills throughout the day, it is very much appreciated. Also, thank you to the parents and family who attended and supported from a safe social distance on the balcony.
Olivia W: 200IM, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle
Coolock: Intermediate 4x50m Freestyle relay