Schools take the plunge to­gether at swim meet

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

WITH the hot weather set­ting in, the pool is the place to be, ac­cord­ing to swim­mers from the Aquinas Red­backs Swim Club.

The club played host to swim­mers from Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege this month to test skills and times against one of the top all-girls school swim teams.

Aquinas Col­lege and Iona stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in train­ing and time tri­als with Aquinas Red­backs’ head coach and for­mer Olympic sil­ver medal­list Antony Matkovich and Iona’s head coach Suzette Fel­ton.

“Swim­ming is one of the few sports where girls and boys can train to­gether,” Mr Matkovich said.

While it was only the sec­ond time Iona stu­dents had trained with Aquinas at the Col­lege’s 50m heated pool, Mr Matkovich said he would like to see it be­come a reg­u­lar train­ing op­por­tu­nity.

“Iona has a strong swim­ming cul­ture and some very good swim­mers,” he said. “As a new club, Aquinas Red­backs are keen to ex­pand our mem­ber­ship and wel­come more girls.”

He said an­other meet with Iona was sched­uled for early 2016.

Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege stu­dents Ella Cook and Jess Sher­lock at the Aquinas Red­backs Swim Club meet with Aquinas Col­lege’s Matthew Joubert and An­thony Hobbs.

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