Storm Pressure Sinks MYSTICAL Mercy - 2022 Swimming Carnival - Mercy Catholic College Chatswood
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Storm Pressure Sinks MYSTICAL Mercy – 2022 Swimming Carnival

After weeks of torrential rain, flooding and rain bombs, the skies miraculously cleared for a beautiful Autumn Day at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre. Mystical Madness was an apt theme chosen by the leaders as the previous few months had certainly been filled with madness concerning Covid-19 and of course mystery as to what 2022 would look like. Nonetheless, the students and staff embraced the chance to raid their closets for some fairy, unicorn or fantasy-themed attire.

Yes, Lane Cove did not know what awoke them as hundreds of the College’s finest young women cheered, swam and soaked up the opportunity to enjoy a day away from the books. The Year 11 leaders welcomed the College with a creative choreography of musical mash-ups and some entertaining dance moves that saw both teachers and students impress the onlookers.

However, prior to the entertainment, over 40 students arrived early to battle it out in the 50M Backstroke and 200IM and it was clear that the winning House would certainly have to earn their points the hard way. Throughout the day, the competitive swimming events were hotly contested with many Age Champions only being separated by a few points. Additionally, there were three records set on the day, two of which were from Julia Kim who was named Champion Swimmer who amassed 102 points alone. In particular, it is worth noting that the 50m Breaststroke record Julia broke was 27 years old! Dominika Kralka was always very impressive in the pool, managing to break a record in her first year at the College and secure five victories.

For those who were less concerned with PBs but more concerned with some TLC, the participation races proved to be very popular. Hundreds of students leapt (literally) at the opportunity to cool down, chill out and cruise their way up the pool for some House points, which proved to be the difference in the final count. The annual Belly Flop Competition saw over 30 students smack, whack and crack their bodies in what can only be described as incredibly brave. Oriana McHugh followed in her sister’s footsteps and claimed victory for McAuley.

After some of the loudest cheering witnessed at the Aquatic Centre, the final relay events were held. Things were intense with some disqualifications for early breaks but Mercy and Coolock nudged their noses up the leader board with some quality wins. However, despite not winning a relay or having any Age Champions, Stormanston managed to ensure maximum participation and involvement would see them finish the day in First Place. Mercy was a close second, and, after holding the Trophy for the three previous years, the devastation was evident. In contrast, Stormanston supporters dropped to their knees and gave thanks to their almighty God, Ms Kayrooz.

After such a tough few months, it was awesome to witness incredible House spirit, participation and enthusiasm among the students. Thank you to all staff for their assistance, support and teamwork throughout the day, it was very much appreciated. Additionally, a huge high five to the Year 11 leaders and their teams who not only assisted with the overall organisation of the day, but also raised money for flood victims and Caritas. Also, thank you to the parents and family who attended and supported from the balcony.

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Mark Cuttler
PDHPE Co-ordinator