The 90th CAS Swimming Championships

TGS Swimming Team 2021

It has been 90 years since the first swimming competition between CAS schools and it can only be imagined what the original organisers would think of what it has grown to over the years (I have included a little bit of the history at the end of the article). Not only has it achieved the purpose of bringing schools together for friendly competition, it has grown to be one of the highlights of the CAS calendar and showcases incredible swimming talent. Many of the state’s best young swimmers were at these Championships, breaking records, swimming national times and edging up the level of excellence in the sport. This year eleven records were broken – four relays and seven individual events, which is amazing.

Our very own Hayden Hoang (9Ta) broke the 15years 50m Backstroke in a time of 28.28 seconds for a new CAS record! An amazing achievement.  A new school record was set for the 12 years 50m Butterfly by Sterling Tuxford (7WH) in a time of 29.99. Congratulations to both swimmers.

We are so proud of the boys for the hard work they have put in over so many months leading up to this event. Thank you to the Captain Sam Hohne (12Ke) and Vice Captains Liam Filby (12Yo) and Jason Yeou (12We) for their strong, positive leadership of the team throughout the season, and their efforts on the night of CAS. We did not win back the shield this year but there were many special races on the night. Gabriel Wilczak (11Ar) won the 400m Open Freestyle by 16 seconds, swimming a year above his age group. He then backed up to swim against the powerhouse, Joseph Hamson, in the 200m Freestyle and nearly won it! (He came second by 0.29 sec). Terrific performance.  Jaiden Sivapirabu (7Hi) and Finn Ramanauskas (10Ke) each had strong wins in their age 50m Division Breaststroke, Matthew Robertson (12Du) showed excellent leadership through his positivity and encouragement of others, Ian Kim (7Ar), Joshua Jeung (7He), Mitchell Chen (10Ar), Grayson Doig (8He), Jason Wang (10Ar) and Zachariah Nguyen (10Ta) all had strong wins on the night. Our 15 year old relay team (Hayden Hoang, Jason Wang, Zachariah Nguyen and Mitchell Chen) won both the medley and freestyle relays. Adrian Barrett (12Fo) put everything into his final race at CAS and missed first place by a fingernail – so close. Well done everyone!

There were many notable performances on the night. I would like to recognise and thank our Year 12 boys for their enormous contribution over many years. A big shout out to Andy Lee (12Fo) who swam in his eighth Championship. Andy swam up two age groups when he was in Year 5 to help win the shield in 2014! He has been an amazing swimmer over all the years and we thank him very much for the time and commitment to the team. The other Year 12 swimmers on their sixth year of CAS are Adrian Barrett (12Fo), Euan Germanos (12He), Matthew Roberston (12Du), Jason Yeou (12We), Liam Filby (12Yo) and Michael McPartland (12Hi). We have been incredibly blessed to have had them all these years. Although Duncan Feng (12Mu) has backed up as reserve for most of his swimming career you couldn’t ask for a more supportive and caring team member who supported the swimmers through thick and thin. Well done, Duncan. Our new recruits were also great assets to the team, and we thank Sam Hohne (12Ke), Cooper Virgo (12La), Caleb Dryer (12Sc), Alan Weston (12Ta) for their ongoing contributions to the positive environment and toward their team members. Thank you to all the Year 12s who have given up so much of their time to the CAS Team and the sport.

The next year will bring fresh challenges as we regroup, review and reflect over the past season. With three fantastic coaches, incredible swimmers and the support of the staff at Trinity, I have no doubt Trinity will take it to Knox next year- bring it on!

Janet Wonders | MIC CAS Swimming

Final Point Score

Knox Grammar School563
Trinity Grammar528. 5
Barker College419
Waverley College351. 5
Cranbrook School330
St. Aloysius’ College303
H. Hoang breaking the CAS Record for 15 years 50m Backstroke
H. Hoang after breaking the record!
The mighty winning 15 years Relay Team with Coach Aebi. Smiles all round!
(H. Hoang, Z. Ngyuen, M. Chen and J. Wang)
S. Tuxford
G. Wilczak
M. Chen
J. Jeung smashes it out in the 50m Breaststroke
TGS supporters in full voice!

90 Years of CAS Swimming

For a little bit of history from the CAS website, read below.

“The first CAS Swimming Championship was held in 1932. The events were held at each individual school swimming carnival. [The five schools that initiated this competition were Trinity Grammar School, Knox Grammar School, Barker College, Cranbrook School and St Aloysius’ College. Waverley joined in 1941.]

The Thyne Challenge Shield was donated by Mrs Margaret Reid (nee Thyne) wife of Mr Andrew Reid (who donated the CAS Athletics Challenge Cup).”

All winners of the Swimming Championships are –

St. Aloysius’ –

1932, 1935

Barker College –

1940, 1946,

Cranbrook School –

1942, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1974, 1976 ( joint ),

Knox Grammar –

1933, 1934, 1939, 1941, 1947, 1948, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976 ( joint ), 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 2003, 20172018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Trinity Grammar

1936, 1937, 1938, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1966, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Waverley College

1951, 1952, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Ref: http://www.cas.nsw.edu.au/summer-sports/swimming/previous-winners/


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