The 2016 ACC Swimming Team (and their coaches!) approached this year’s carnival with a degree of cautious optimism.
As this was only the team’s second year back in the big league (Division 1) after being relegated in 2013, the aim was more about consolidating last year’s fourth place, and re-establishing ourselves among the top schools in ACC swimming. The team had undergone a solid preparation, with training at Harold Holt each week from the start of second term. Our top swimmers continued to swim all year round with their respective clubs, ensuring that everybody, regardless of ability, were catered for in the school program.
And what an effort the team put in on the night! Significantly improved performances on last year’s carnival saw the team finish runners-up to Whitefriars in Division 1. Traditional powerhouses Mazenod and St Bede’s finished in the De La wake as once again we rose towards the top of ACC swimming.
The improvement in De La swimming is reflected by the results. Last year De La won a single “A” and “B” final each. This year saw victory in three “A” finals and three “B” finals. To further illustrate the improvement, De La finished second in a staggering 11 “A” finals and five “B” finals. Congratulations to the following swimmers who were victorious on the night:
Stefan Skarlatos – U14A 50m Freestyle
Charlie Lamont – U14A 50m Breastroke
Campbell Freeman – U15A 50m Backstroke
Charlie Lamont – U14B 50m Freestyle
Charlie Lamont – U14B 50m Backstroke
Campbell Freeman – U15B 50m Breastroke
Congratulations also to Charlie Lamont, Campbell Freeman and Callum Lewis, who all broke De La Salle records on the night.
Given the results in this year’s ACC, the school is well placed to consolidate its position at the top end of Div 1 swimming over the next few years. Our talent is spread evenly across all age groups. While we didn’t manage to bring home any silverware this year, we did finish third in the Junior Cup, second in the Intermediate Cup and third in the Senior Cup, to go with our overall Runner-Up finish. An outstanding effort.
We would like to thank all of the swimmers for the hard work that has been put in this season. A fast relay swim is just as important to the overall result as an individual swim. Thank you also to all the parents for supporting De La swimming this season. Our boys couldn’t do it without the early morning lifts! And of course to all the team’s supporters on the night, we are sure that the atmosphere at MSAC contributed to the spectacular result. Thank you for being De La – “Loud and Proud”.
Until next season.
ACC Sports Results
Dalton Di Medio competed in the Regional Little Athletic Track and Field Championship from 20–21 February and won gold in the 400m and bronze in the U15 boys 100m. He will now be going to the State Track and Field Championships for Little Athletics for the last time in this competition (his age group ends at U15). Not only is Dalton competing in the Little Athletic State Track and Field Championships, but also in the National Junior Track and Field Championship representing Victoria in Perth in March. Go Dalton!