2022 NSW All Schools Swimming Championships – SOPAC (Friday 3rd June 2022)

2022 NSW All Schools Swimming Championships – SOPAC (Friday 3rd June 2022)

The TGS 6 x 50 All Age Relay Team (Gabriel W, Hayden H, Grayson D, Joshua J, Sterling T, Maxwell M)

The NSW All Schools Swimming Championships was first held 32 years ago, in 1990, with the idea of bringing together the very best swimmers from the three NSW School Sporting Associations to compete for either the Combined High Schools (CHS), Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) or Combined Independent Schools (CIS) team.

Trinity Grammar School had a very strong representation in the NSW CIS team at the 32nd New South Wales All Schools Swimming Championships on Friday 3rd June at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, with a total of 14 students competing in combination of both individual and relay events.

The Trinity team enjoyed great success with our swimmers accumulating a total of 22 medals (4 Gold, 11 Silver and 7 Bronze).  A full list of Trinity’s results is attached, but I will highlight our NSW All Schools best performers:

Gabriel W won 3 individual Gold medals

Gabriel W (12Ar) (30 Points) Our outgoing Trinity Swimming Captain was phenomenal as he powered on to three Gold medal victories in the 17 years and Over 200m Freestyle (1.55.34), 400m Freestyle (4.10.96) and 800m Freestyle (8.59.25).  He was also outstanding as the last leg anchor swimmer in the School’s All Age 6 x 50m relay.

Maxwell M finshed with a full set of medals

Maxwell M (7WJ) (16 Points) had an outstanding first secondary NSW All Schools meet, competing in two Individual events and one relay.  Maxwell claimed Gold in the 12 years 50m Breaststroke (37.35), along with Bronze in the 12 years 100m Freestyle (1.04.94).  He was also an integral part of the School’s All Age 6 x 50m relay as he led off in a personal best time.

Joshua J was our highest point-scorer at the meet

Joshua J (8He) (51 Points) undertook a very large programme of 11 events (eight individual, three relay) and again finished the meet as Trinity’s highest point-scorer, with a staggering 51 points.  Individually he managed to claim five Silver and one Bronze medal, along with a further three silver relay medals.  Joshua’s 100m Butterfly (1.01.08) was a nail-biter.  Even more so, as it was his 11th and final race of the day.

Sterling T won 8 medals in total

Sterling T (8WH) (34 Points) was amazing as he competed in five individual events and three relays, and remarkably finishing on the medal dais in all eight events.  He finished the meet with five Silver and three Bronze medals.   Sterling was only 0.10 off breaking the School record in the 50m Butterfly (27.96), and also managed to swim a personal best in the 100m Freestyle (57.57).

Other Trinity medalists include:

  • Toby J (9Ta) finished 2nd in the 12-14 Years 100m Breaststroke (1.12.55)
  • Grayson D (8He) placed 3rd in the 15-16 years 200m Individual Medley (2.13.73)
  • Jonathan N (10St) claimed 3rd in the 15 years 50m Breaststroke (31.86)

Overall, our team performed beyond our expectations.  It is pleasing to see that both our senior and middle school representatives are driving our team both upwards and forwards as we look ahead towards the imminent 2023 CAS Swimming campaign.

The NSW All Schools Swim team will compete at the School Sport Australia National Swimming Championships in Brisbane during August, and the team is expected to be published in the coming days.  We are confident of having at least four Trinity students named including Joshua Jeung, Sterling Tuxford, Toby Ji and our own TGS Swim Captain Gabriel Wilczak.  Gabriel is also a strong contender to be the NSW team Captain for this national schools meet.

Finally, to our 2022 Year 12 swimming cohort – we thank you!  You have been awesome.  You have served yourself, your School, and your families very well whilst performing in the pool.  I have been privileged to have been able to assist and guide you as you become fine young Trinitarian men.  We all can appreciate that Swimming is a very tough and disciplined sport, which sometimes can be quite hard to rationally explain to our peers and colleagues outside of the sport.  But I can assure you that it has all been worth it, as you have created friendships, memories and personal traits that will serve you very well and last a lifetime.

Yours in Swimming,

Benjamin Tuxford | Director of Swimming

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