More than 250 students from Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) dove into the Zone 5 Swimming Carnival in Sutherland today.

Water riveting day of action in the pool!

That includes the cheeky duck that took a dip in the pool as kids and staff from 16 SCS primary schools arrived at Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre for a day in the sun.


Eva Correia from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Caringbah showed her dominance over the competition winning the 100-metre 12s Girls Freestyle event.

The action then heated up in the Junior Girls (8-10 years) Freestyle Relay.

It was a battle between Our Lady and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Sutherland.

Charli Moses, for St Patrick’s, looked to be in control but Felicity Barnes and Estelle Slater fought back to put Our Lady of Fatima three body lengths in front before the final leg.

A swimmer cheering at the Sydney Catholic Schools' Zone 5 Swimming Carnival

Photographer Natalie Roberts captures some of the poolside excitement.

It was left to Our Lady’s Sienna Lakomy to bring it home for her team but Sophie Aungle took the final leg for St Patrick’s instead.

Metre by metre Aungle kept closing the gap – until she ran out of pool. Literally.

Then Lakomy stretched out her arm just enough to touch the wall first and clinch the win for Our Lady.

In the Junior Boys (8-10 years) 50m Freestyle, a 15-year-old carnival record was shattered as Zach Brown torpedoed his way to first place with a time of 34.62 seconds, almost shaving a second off the previous quickest time of 35.56 seconds.

The nine-year-old Our Lady of Fatima student also picked up blue ribbons in the Junior Boys Relay and Backstroke, and red ribbons in the Breaststroke and Butterfly.

“It’s great to see all the kids here in a great team spirit and coming together for each of their individual schools to support their peers” – Anna-Kate Turnbull

Another record almost tumbled in the Junior Girls 50m Backstroke. Sophie Aungle missed out by an agonising 0.02 seconds, comfortably taking first place.

Aungle kept adding to her blue ribbon collection, winning the 50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly before completing the sweep with the 200m Individual Medley.

There must have been something in the water because Sophie’s brother, Jackson, dominated his age group too, securing four blue ribbons and one red in the Senior Boys (11-13 years).

Sydney Catholic Schools’ Networks Sports Coordinator, Anna-Kate Turnbull, described the day as “fantastic.”

With the Archdiocesan Trials coming up, she is confident some of today’s stars will do well there too.

“Sophie and Jackson Aungle, along with Zach Brown and Eva Correia, were stand-outs here today and we’ll be very fortunate to see them progress on,” said Turnbull. “I can’t wait to see them in the pool.”


The top three students from each event will advance to the Sydney Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival in early March, where they will look to gain selection to the Mackillop Swimming trials in Homebush.



Swimming is one of 16 representative pathway sports offered to primary school students at Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS).

“Sydney Catholic Schools is proud to provide our students with the fundamental skills in a variety of sports and the opportunities to trial and represent at a state and national level,” Sydney Catholic Schools’ Executive Director, Tony Farley, said.

“This includes instilling core values of discipline, teamwork, respect, integrity and fair play in our young sporting stars.

“At Sydney Catholic Schools, we believe sport is for everybody, from our elite athletes to students who have a love of sport.

“Besides being fun, sport can help kids perform better in school, relax more and worry less.

“Sport also teaches students valuable lessons in working with others and how to be gracious in defeat.”

SCS offers students a pathway to higher representative sport, starting with school trials, moving through to zone, conference, and inter-Diocesan levels and, finally, progressing to state and national competitions.

Representative pathway sports for students in Years 5-6:

  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football

Representative pathway sports for students aged 8-13 years:

  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Swimming