Girls lapping up pool success

THERE'S a buzz of excitement around the Pottsville Primary School, with its champion senior girls' relay team about to vie for NSW honours at the State PSSA championships at the Sydney Aquatic Centre in Homebush tomorrow.

The team, comprising Courtney Whitfield, Keely Murray, Racheal Bashforth and Kate Davison, has swept all before it in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay, winning the Tweed district championships, the zone title and most recently the North Coast regional title at Kempsey.

Tomorrow, the girls take on the state's best with the aim of qualifying for the national titles later in the year.

Their performances in the pool helped Pottsville claim fourth place overall at the North Coast, titles after topping the Tweed, which was an outstanding effort for a school represented by a small squad.

However, it isn't just the school's relay team that will be chasing PSSA honours.

Swimmer Hannah Mitchell, an athlete with a disability, is contesting the 50m breast stroke and the 50m freestyle.

Courtney Whitfield, a member of the relay team will have a particularly busy program at the championships which start today, swimming in the 100m free, 50m free, 200m individual medley, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

Tahm Graham, the lone boy flying the flag for Pottsville at Homebush, will swim in the 50m free.

Pottsville Primary School spokesperson Dorothy Sweeney said the school and Pottsville community and businesses, such as Kozii swimwear, had rallied behind the swimmers and wished them all the best.

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