After months of early morning training sessions, the Mentone Girls’ Grammar swimming squad qualified for Division 1 at the Girl Sport Victoria (GSV) Swimming Championships, ranking Top 8 amongst 24 other GSV schools across the state.

Due to their vast improvements, 19 of our students were then invited to the GSV Swimming Finals Night held at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Tuesday 28 March. Only the top 10 performers from the Division 1, 2 or 3 Swimming and Diving Championships are invited to this premier event. An aim of the evening is to record PB’s (Personal Best’s) and finish above where you ranked in qualifications. Our Mentone Meerkats smashed this goal!

Kyra Foss in Year 11 participated in the maximum allowed five events at GSV Championships and qualified for finals night in all of these events – a truly remarkable achievement. She took home a silver medal for the 50m freestyle, a bronze for the 50m breaststroke and came 4th in the 50m butterfly, beating her Championship times in all of her individual events.

Coco Liao in Year 7 exceeded expectations by swimming half a second faster in the 50m freestyle than she did at Championships and finishing 9th after she originally qualified 13th. The Year 7 freestyle relay team took three seconds off their Championship time, whilst the Year 10 freestyle relay team beat their Championship time by an incredible 5 seconds.

Isabelle Carter stood in for an unavailable swimmer in the Year 11 medley and freestyle relay teams, supporting Taryn Baker, Lily Wightman and Kyra Foss, where they exceeded their qualification ranking in the freestyle event.

Head of Sport, Ms Libby Lewin, says, “All of these improvements, big or little, is a testament to the true determination and strength of our Mentone Meerkats. To be invited to the GSV Finals Night is an outstanding achievement, not to mention breaking your PBs and ranking above your qualifying time. I couldn’t be prouder of all students for their tremendous efforts during the 2017 swimming season.” 

Date Published: 05.04.17

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