The Wett Ones swimming club’s annual carnival took place at the Sydney University Pool last Saturday.

As part of the NSW Aussie Masters Swimming program, 171 participants from around the country took part in the competition, including 20 members of Brisbane’s GLBT swimming club, Aqualicious.

The Wett Ones had the highest total score with 881 points. Coogee-Randwick placed second with 331 points.

Wett Ones is currently in Division 1 and our point score will go a long way to helping us stay in Division 1, Wett Ones co-president Matthew Besanko said.

This year the Brisbane Aqualicious force was felt, especially in the relay events where they fielded a team for each one of our teams.

As one of the larger NSW Aussie Masters swimming clubs, Besanko added that it’s important they hold a carnival like this, not only to show support to the association, but also to provide the opportunity for members from smaller clubs who do not have the resources to host their own carnival.

Brisbane Aqualicious also does not hold a carnival, so this one provided a good opportunity for members from that club to compete in a friendly environment, he said. Our carnival is also one of the major sources of fundraising for the club annually.

In the meantime, the Wett Ones are in full force for preparations for the Masters Swimming NSW Relay Meet to on 21 June. This carnival provides an opportunity for each club to enter various relay teams to compete for state and national records.

The timing of our carnival and the Relay Meet is very important in training preparation for the World Outgames. Our training schedule for 2009 has been heavily geared towards Copenhagen and our carnival marks the end of our -˜conditioning’ phase. We now move into the last phase, race preparation, before the Relay Meet, Besanko said.

The conditioning phase concentrates on endurance-type training and in the race preparation we will be focusing on short sprint sets, technique and style.

There are 18 swimmers attending the World Outgames in July.

info: If you’re interested in joining the club visit wettones.org or email
info@wettones.org.

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