"It went very successfully, the kids performed really well."
A collection of Mudgee Indoor Swimming Club athletes made their way to Dubbo on February 1 to compete in the final installment of the Western Area Championships.
While conditions were sizzling, swimmers didn't let their tiredness show with several outstanding achievements made.
Of those, two swimmers stood out in particular - Nate Atkinson and Charlotte Wilson.
It's one thing to place first, but it's another to break a 40-year-old record and that's exactly what the pair did in their own right.
Atkinson won 11 of his events, and in doing so broke five meet records including the 13 year old boys 100 metre freestyle record (1:00:18) that has been held by B Wilson since 1986 (1:01:65), as well as taking first place in the Western Area Senior Champion points score.
As for Wilson, she managed to break six meet records including the 12 year girls 100 metre backstroke record (1:15:26) which was set by R McGufficke in 1979 (1:16:10), as well as taking third in the Western Area Junior Champion points score.
"Because those carnivals run every year, you get a range of kids swimming from year to year so it's a pretty big achievement to have broken those records," Mudgee Indoor Swimming Club committee member, Guy Atkinson said.
When the records that are broken at 40 years old, it shows just how hard it is.Mudgee Indoor Swimming Club committee member, Guy Atkinson
The pair training regularly throughout the week to be able to compete in their minimum of 11 races each carnival while the Mudgee pool is in operation.
"Some carnivals, depending on the amount of entries, they can swim a race and 10 minutes later they're in the pool again so it's hard for them to maintain that level without much break," Mudgee Indoor Swimming Club secretary, Rachael Atkinson said.
"Dubbo was over two days which is better for performance, you've got that bit of a break and time to stretch and get ready for the next race."
The Club now have their focus on 12 of their swimmers who have qualified for the Country Championships which will be held at Homebush on February 21 to 23.
Mudgee Indoor is a relatively small club but we always seem to do well at the carnivals compared to some of the bigger clubs, whether that's indicative of the kids or the coach (Mick O'Sullivan) or the fact that it's a tight knit unit, I'm not sure.Mudgee Indoor Swimming Club secretary, Rachael Atkinson