Interclub at Strathalbyn
Several swimmers from the Murray Bridge Swimming Club attended the Interclub at Strathalbyn on Sunday, February 12.
It was a great morning at Strathalbyn for the fourth Interclub of the season.
The weather was quite cold but the all of the participants survived.
The Davis family consisting of Alex, Jackson and Riley achieved some great personal best times.
Alex just missed out on going sub 30 seconds with his 50metres freestyle.
The club finally had one Neumann boy back in the water with his thumb on the mend and two new bee stings in his arm.
While six-year-old Esther Neumann finished two 50m freestyle races and her first official 50m backstroke race.
There were several good contests among siblings with Alistair just out-touching Ophelia in the 50m freestyle.
Laura and Abbey Cummings with Ophelia took on some big swims, they raced in a 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
Crystal Brook Open Swim Carnival
On a hot day, seven Murray Bridge Swimming Club swimmers traveled to Crystal Brook for an extremely well attended carnival.
It was a relief for swimmers to be able to cool down.
There was some fast swimming, a challenge that Murray Bridge was able to meet.
13-year-old Paris Montgomery-Pittaway competed in five events; the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.
She achieved a personal best in each swim, placing as high as sixth, she also tried a 100m individual medley and took part in two relay team swims.
Eight-year-old Ruby Montgomery-Pittaway improved her style and technique in each of her three swims, establishing times for future events.
She progressed to the semi finals of the 25m freestyle handicap.
11-year-old Samuel Montgomery-Pittaway also swam well, with his techniques really coming together.
In his favourite stroke of breaststroke, he placed first in the 100m race and second in the 50m. Each swim was a personal best for him.
Leanne Pittaway, is leading the way with the family personal best times and medals.
She won her first placed medals in butterfly and breaststroke and earned a second in freestyle which was a great effort as well as making sure her family got to their swims on time.
Maralyn Polak took on a large number of swims in every distance of 25m, 100m, 200m, and 400m in various strokes.
At the end of the day, after progressing to finals, she finally earned a second in freestyle handicap, and a third in the breaststroke handicap.
Nine-year-old Haylee Ratzmer was in fine form, with her style, speed and technique coming together and in her six swims she gained a personal best in every swim.
She tried butterfly and in her first attempt gained a third placing.
11-year-old Luke Ratzmer competed in five swims and had personal bests in two.
He has found that he is best at backstroke and to cement this, he gained a second placing with a six second reduction in his time.
The swim meet finished in the early evening, which was a new experience for the team.
Ann-Marie Ratzmer time kept all day and the team was very grateful for doing this for the club allowing the swimmers to swim.
Jamestown Open Swim Carnival
The same swim team of seven stayed overnight for the early start at the Jamestown Open Swim Carnival.
This was the first time any of these swimmers had been at this pool to compete.
Luke Ratzmer continued with his improving, he swam in two more swims and to add to his personal bests from the day before, he got another silver medal in the 50m freestyle and a gold in 50m backstroke.
Haylee Ratzmers weekend got even better, after swimming a personal best in all five swims, she gained silver in two breaststroke swims and a butterfly swims.
Maralyn Polak, after another long program waited until the end of the day to find out her handicap results.
She was awarded gold in the individual medley.
Leanne Pittaway scooped up three gold medals in freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly.
Samuel Montgomery-Pittaway, was able to gain a gold in 50m breaststroke while Ruby Montgomery-Pittaway gained a personal best in backstroke, bettering the time from the day before.
Paris Montgomery-Pittaway, went home happier than yesterday, earning a well deserved bronze medal in the 100m individual medley.
The Murray Bridge team entered both a freestyle and medley relay team.
The medley team came through in the finals to claim the gold medal.
Once again all the time keeping duties fell on Ann-Marie Ratzmer which was a massive job and very much appreciated.