Orange's three clubs combined to produce an astounding effort at last weekend's Mountains and Plains Swimming Championships at Lithgow, once again proving the city's burgeoning stars have incredibly bright futures in the pool.
Kinross Swim Club, City of Orange Swim Club and Orange Aquatic Club combined to claim 18 of the 27 individual age championships available, securing nine, seven and two respectively.
Kinross' effort was led by superstar-in-the-making Collette Lyons, who claimed a pair of championships in the open and 13 years girls' divisions, while Mercede Cornelius-Feltus (14 years girls'), Catherine Crisp (15 years girls'), Thomas Pell (13 years boys'), Ollie McLaughlin (15 years boys'), Brandon Fraser (19-24 years boys') Zac Lewis (open boys') and Ethan Crisp (distance boys') all emerged victorious as well.
With those age championships and the individual swim results combined Kinross also claimed the overall pointscore for the meeting, being crowned Mountains and Plains team champions as a result.
As they always seem to the Chitukudzas, Francesca and Francis, once again starred for City of Orange and were among the club's age champions, claiming the 12 years girls' and 12 years boys' gongs after stellar efforts.
Courtney Chapman also swam superbly to claim the 19-24 years girls' crown while Breahna Burgess secured the distance girls' title and Kingston Johnston did enough to stand atop the podium in his 10 years boys' division.
Max Logan did a wonderful job in his individual efforts to claim one of Orange Aquatic Club's two age championships, winning the eight and under boys' crown, while veteran of the pool Tristan Harrison was crowned 25 years and over men's champion.
The Orange clubs all but held out their rivals although Glenbrook's stars also produced an inspired effort, with their swimmers taking out the nine years girls', 10 years girls', 11 years girls', 16 years girls', 11 years boys', 14 years boys' and 17 years boys' championships to net seven of the remaining nine.
Springwood and Grenfell swimmers Andrew Schuetrumpf and Thomas Robinson claimed the other two individual age championship crowns, the nine years boys' and 16 years boys' titles respectively.
While Bathurst City was ultimately awarded the meet's Touzell Shield, Blayney also claimed one of the Mountains and Plans Swimming Championships' team awards.
The small club was awarded the Hitchell Small Teams Shield after a strong effort from their small contingent.
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