ANZ Swimtech coach John Morris is confident of a big showing from his team at their own carnival at the Dubbo Aquatic and Leisure Centre this weekend.

Morris was on hand to watch his swimmers go through their paces at the NSW Country Regional Carnival at Bathurst last weekend and would have been impressed.

On that occasion several swimmers recorded personal best times and will be ready to put that confidence into practice in their Dubbo pool.

But more importantly, the 16-person Swimtech squad came away with 13 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze medals.

The swimmers had an extremely successful meet and the medal count could have been even higher with 14 fourth places recorded as well.

In a terrific performance, Kate Morris in 15-years and over and Michael Davis in the 10-years boys brought home a total of 18 medals between them and achieved Country qualifying times in the process.

Overall eight of the swimmers have achieved Country times at this stage and all swimmers recorded personal bests in their various events.

This weekend’s carnival is open to members of the public who will be more than welcome to watch the events that start at 4pm today and go into the evening and again tomorrow from 8.30am.

As in past years, some of the State’s top swimmers from country and city clubs will be involved.

Features of the meet are the male and female CSR Gyprock 100m freestyle finals, each worth $500 to the winner.

These events never fail to attract the top male and female swimmers and the promise of good prize money is always an added attraction.

At this stage it looks as though these two races will be decided about 12pm tomorrow.

Today’s program will feature distance events from 400m to 1500m with the 44-strong Carlise club from Sydney expected to make an impression.

Swimtech vice-president Graeme Wheeler yesterday said the city swimmers would face tough opposition from the western area clubs.

“We have some very good swimmers around here and there will be strong representation at the Country championships to be held at Homebush,” Wheeler said.

“Our carnival this weekend is also the last chance for swimmers to put in qualifying times for Country so I would expect the competition will be really tough.

“Swimtech this year will have at least a dozen Country qualifiers and that is the best we have ever had, and mainly due to the expertise and patience of our coach John Morris.”

Dubbo’s Orana Aquatic Swim Club is expected to figure prominently in the age divisions this weekend while Dubbo City, Dubbo RSL and other western clubs at Walgett, Coonamble, Warren, Wellington, Parkes, Orange and Bathurst will be represented with quality swimmers.

For further details on the meet or ANZ Swimtech Swimming Club contact president Ian Simpson (0427 661034) or Graeme Wheeler on (0428 638870).

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