It was a PB-a-thon for Merrylands at the Speedo Sprint Series Heats held at Blacktown Aquatic Centre on the 11th February, 2018. Merrylands had a team of 10 swimmers competing in 34 events. The team absolutely smashed it with 29 new personal best times.

The meet commenced with Breaststroke and our swimmers achieved 100% for personal bests. Laura-Belle and Elie swum under 50 seconds for the first time. Matt demonstrated perseverance at training pays off and achieved a 4 second PB in his Breaststroke.

The Backstroke was up next and the times continued to drop. Michael was first up and not only did he swim under 40 seconds for the first time but skipped the 39s and went straight for a 38! Team Shrestha smashed their times with Summer, Niushka and Nevah all clocking new PBs. Joab came well under his entry time with an 8 second PB too!

Following on was the Butterfly and Bilal made Merrylands proud. It was Bilal’s first-time swimming 50m butterfly and whilst there were nerves before the race, Bilal not only completed the race but held two stroke breathing the whole way!

The final event was the Freestyle and although it had been a long afternoon, the run of PBs continued. Michael locked in an official PB after already having swum a PB at his school carnival a few days earlier. Summer also made swimming under 40 look easy by skipping a 39 and going for a 38 for the first time. Our 9 years girls pushed each other with new PBs for Nevah, Niushka and Ameena. Joab was last to swim for the day and finished our run with a 3 second PB.

There was great team spirit and it was wonderful to see our team cheering loudly and supporting each other’s achievements throughout the afternoon.

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