THE first weekend in January played host to the NSW Country Regional Championships, this year held at the NSW south coast town of Ulladulla.
The country regionals were the first major swim meet conducted by NSW Swimming and plays a major part in the lead up to the state championships in late January.
The meet was contested by 50 teams from across NSW country areas and also included teams from the ACT.
In total, there were 2074 entries across two days of competition.
Two Orange competitors from the JETS Swim Club were in attendance and battled against some strong opponents.
Emily Nobbs and younger sister Caitlyn had a great meet in humid conditions.
Caitlyn swam a brilliant race in both the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, putting into practice techniques being refined in training. That resulted in some personal best times.
Caitlyn is now focusing her sights firmly on the Mountains and Plains Championships to be held in Lithgow in early February.
Her older sister, Emily, had a successful meet as she prepares for the NSW Country Championships.
Emily swam in her preferred breaststroke events, resulting in a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke, and silver in the 200m event.
The 200m race provided exciting racing against a Canberra rival, with the lead changing on each 50m turn.
Emily later went on to contest the 50m freestyle event adding to her collection of personal best swims and walking away with another country championship qualifying time.