Luke: the swimmer to beat

ALL eyes will be on 10-year-old Luke Robinson when he represents Jindabyne Central School (JCS) at the district swimming carnival in Cooma this week.

Fresh from competing at the NSW age swimming championships at Olympic Park in Sydney last month, Luke blitzed his competition in the pool at the JCS swimming carnival and gave notice he is the swimmer to beat when he takes on students from other local schools in Cooma.

Luke was almost 15 seconds ahead of his closest competitor in the 100 metre freestyle event at the JCS carnival, recording a time of 1:15.99 in the short course pool.

It was a similar margin in the 50 metre breaststroke, with Luke finishing 12 seconds ahead of the second place getter with a time of 45.09s.

Luke also easily won the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley in the 11 years age group.

He will compete in all six events in Cooma on Thursday.

The top two place getters in each event will progress through to the regional championships in Dapto on March 7. From there, the three fastest swimmers will win selection to the state championships.

Luke is hoping to make it all the way back to Sydney for the state PSSA (Primary Schools Sports Association) championships after finishing a respectable 15th in the 100m breaststroke at the NSW age championships in January.

"It was nervous and exciting at the exact same time," said Luke, who is hoping to gain a berth in freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly at the PSSA state championships.

Luke was crowned 11 years boy champion at the JCS swimming carnival while Josie Baff took out honours in the girls' 11 years section.

Finn Chatten won the junior boys' title (for under 10-year-olds) and Letitia Murphy claimed the girls' title.

The senior boys' title went to Nick McLennan and the senior girls' crown was awarded to Jesse Quinn.

Bogong won the JCS swimming carnival followed closely by Townsend while Northcote came in third and Strezlecki fourth.

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