Yabbies’ first plunge of the season

There were 12 swimmers and a couple of timekeepers for the Yabbies’ first swim of the club’s 50th season on Tuesday night

It was a rather cool first dip of the season for the Cobar Yabbies Senior Men’s Swim-ming Club members on Tuesday night.
While the temperature may have read 21 degrees at 6pm, there was however a cool breeze to greet swimmers when they emerged from the 50 metre pool which was judged to have been only about 18 degrees.
The cool conditions did not seem to phase Lucas Hardy who won all four events contest-ed in the opening night of what is the club’s 50th season.
In the 30 metres handicapped freestyle swim, Hardy finished within 0.12 seconds of his nominated time to win from Paul Swainston (0.37) and Greg Dimond (0.38).
Hardy won the 50m event with 0.06 seconds off his time and the rest of the field was once again well behind with Scott Toomey second on 0.41 and Swainston was third with 0.62 seconds off his time.
The 100m swim proved to be a real test for most with Murray Harland a long way back in third place with 2.94 seconds off his time, Matt Harland swam into second spot with 0.75 but Hardy once again blitzed the field winning with 0.28 seconds off his nominated time.
The Brace Relay novelty event was a walk across the warm pool for the teams of two—and Hardy won that too! He teamed up with Chris Powell to finish within 1.82 seconds of their nominated time ahead of Murray Harland and John Claus (1.84).