Trinity claims diving trophy and two CAS swim recordsDoug Conway
Oh so close, as swim team pushes Knox all the way
Trinity students broke two CAS records as they came within a whisker of reclaiming the CAS swimming championship from arch rival Knox.
Hayden Hoang (11Ta) set an individual record in the 17 years 50m backstroke, his time of 27.16s shaving two-hundredths of a second off the previous record set last year. It was his third CAS record.
The medley relay quartet of Darcy Button (9Mu), Joshua Jeung (9He), Toby Ji (10Ta), and Victor Strokin (10Sc) claimed a team record; their time of 1m 52.56s in the 15 years event lopped almost a second off the mark set by their Trinity predecessors seven years earlier.
They were among the highlights of Trinity’s 31 victories at Sydney’s Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, which enabled the School to amass 541 points.
That was good enough for second place, just 14 points shy of Knox 9555) and well ahead of Barker (403), Waverley (374), Cranbrook (329) and St Aloysius (298).
Trinity did turn the tables on Knox to claim the diving trophy, despite finishing without a single victory.
Strength in depth pushed Trinity to 40 points, ahead of Knox (36), Barker (32), Waverley (3) and St Aloysius (0).
Director of Swimming Ben Tuxford congratulated all swimmers, highlighting some performances he believed worthy of special mention:
Grayson Doig (10He) in the 16 years 50m freestyle;
Christopher Montana (8He) in the 14 years 50m breaststroke;
Jonathan Nam (11St) in the Open 100m breaststroke;
Marcus Kim (7We) in the 13 years 50m backstroke;
Victor Strokin in the 17 years 100m backstroke;
Joshua Jeung in the 15 years 50m butterfly;
Sterling Tuxford (9WH) in the 14 years 50m butterfly;
James Robertson (12Du) in the Open 200m freestyle; and
Charlie Yao (8Yo) and Elijah Jabez (12We) in the Open Multi-Class Event, which he said probably generated the loudest cheer on the night.
Cheering again proved something that set Trinity apart as the School’s spectators got into the spirit of the occasion.
As Brad Barr, Deputy Head Master Summer Hill, remarked: “The relentless chanting and positive support of the (compulsorily) assembled throng told a much more powerful story, one that will linger long, as it always does, in the minds and hearts of those who were there.”