Yabbies win 10 Man title at Nationals

The Cobar Yabbies 10 Man relay team of Andy Thomas, Bob Clark, Bill Fugar, Wayne Rice, Paul Swainston, Chris Powell, Greg Dimond, Scott Toomey, Tyler Roberts and Kyle Roberts won the Ivo Watt 10 x 50metres Memorial Relay at the 2023 AIF National Swimming Carnival in Coogee on Saturday. The Cobar club was well represented by 24 Yabbies.▪ Photo contributed

The Cobar Yabbies Senior Men’s Swimming Club was well represented at the AIF National Swimming Carnival in Coogee on Saturday.

The team of 24 Yabbies returned with a swag of prizes, including the prestigious Ivo Watt 10 Man Relay trophy.

First places in individual events were recorded by: Lucas Hardy (30-34 years 50m Freestyle); Dave Mexted (35-39 yrs 50m Freestlyle and Servicemen); and Stuart Small (Men’s Open Backstroke and Men’s 45-49 years 50m Freestyle).

Stuart Small also place second in the Men’s Open Butterfly and Men’s Open Breaststroke events.

Owen Small was second to his brother in the 45-49 years 50m Freestyle and finished third in the Open 50m Backstroke swim.

Bob Clark finished second in his 75-79 years 50m Freestyle event and Bill Fugar placed second in the 60-64 years 50m Freestyle swim.

Paul Swainston clocked in in second place in the 100m Freestyle handicapped final finishing within 0.65 seconds of his nominated time.

Jason Toomey also made the final of the 50m handicapped freestyle swim and finished 6th with a time of 1.22 seconds off his nominated time.

The Yabbies picked up third places in the 6x50m Scratch relay, the 4x50m Handicapped relay (combined age of 140+ years) and the Tobruk Shield 4x50m Hanicapped relay. They were 5th in the 4x50m handicapped 35-59 years relay.

The Yabbies club finished second in Point Score in the handicapped events, were second in the Men’s Jacaranda Points Score and were 5th in the Overall Points Score.

The Yabbies backed up again on Sunday morning to swim at the Bondi Icebergs Pod as guests of the Bondi Diggers swimmers.

At the Cobar Yabbies Senior Men’s Swimming Club event last week you had a pretty good chance of winning an event if your initials were JC.

John Carswell (JC) won the opening event of the night, the 30 metres handicapped freestyle swim. John Claus (another JC) won the 50m event and then Carswell backed up to claim victory in the 100m event.

Carswell won the 30m swim after finishing within 0.08 seconds of his nominated time.

He only just pipped Paul Swainston on 0.09 and Murray Harland was back in third place on 0.13.

Claus won the 50m swim after he touched the wall within 0.32 seconds of his nominated time.

Swainston was narrowly beaten again to place second on 0.34.

Bill Fugar was next best on 0.47.

Carswell was well out in front in the 100m event winning with a time of 0.16 seconds off his nominated time.

Bob Clark grabbed second spot with 0.31 seconds off his time and Fugar (on 0.44) was once again third.

Swainston finally gained a win when he teamed up with Tyler Roberts in the Brace Relay novelty event. They completed the wheelbarrow swim across the pool within 0.29 seconds of their estimated time.

Chris Powell and Greg Dimond finished second on 1.78 and Fugar was third (again) with his partner, Kyle Roberts, on 2.22.