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Format change successful

COMET Swim Club's annual club championships had a slightly new format that proved a massive success.

The changes restricted the number of events in which swimmers could take part, to focus on quality rather than quantity, which made for much more exciting racing, head coach Glenn Hamblyn said.

A highlight was the two-person Purcell Cup relays, where the fastest swimmers were paired up with the slowest, which allowed everyone to compete in an exciting close race, he said.

The “skins” event, a six-person 50-metre relay where the slowest swimmer was eliminated, was also a standout event.

“The last 50 (metres) is down to the last two swimmers, (in) a test of speed, skill, tactics and endurance.”

Hamblyn said the day was a fantastic way to introduce new club members to competitive racing and to reintroduce the format to those who hadn't competed recently due to Covid-19 cancellations.

“It's a chance to see where they're at in their preparation, and focus on improving with only a few weeks of training left . . . for those looking to qualify and race at national competitions over the next couple of months.”

Full results from the meet will be available at the club's end-of-year prizegiving in coming weeks to celebrate the swimmers' achievements in 2020.

Else Pauwels competes in the mixed 100m breaststroke
Holly Somerton competes in the mixed 100m breaststroke at Comet's annual club championships.
Jodiesha Kirkpatrick in the mixed 100-metre breaststroke in the Comet Swim Club annual championships.
Piki Wharepapa-Chater competes in the mixed 200m individual medley at Comet Swim Club's annual club championships, where a new format was used to good effect.
Ethan Wright gets into his work in the mixed 200m individual medley.
AJ Kinsella swims in the mixed 200m individual medley.