By TONY WHITE
YAMBA Public School have achieved outstanding results at the NSW PSSA Swimming Championships in Sydney.
Minnows by comparison to the populous Sydney schools, Yamba was the only school in NSW to have three teams qualify for relay finals at the championships.
And in another highlight, Rhys Johnston from Palmers Island Public School gained a silver medal in the boys 13-years, 50m freestyle.
Johnston's great swim was the best placing for a Clarence Valley individual competitor.
Yamba's junior girls 4 x 50m relay team ? Chloe Lindsay, Brittany Smith, Luka Meyers and Jesse-Clare Beresford ? won a bronze medal.
The senior girls relay team ? Amy Addison, Briony Helisma, Brooke Lindsay and Ellie Starky ? finished 7th in the final and the senior boys ? Amos Ferguson, Daniel Connors, Aiden Galvin and Dylan Brown ? finished 9th.
Overall 13 students from Yamba, including five in individual events, qualified for the PSSA titles.
The team is coached by respected Richard Beresford who prepares the squad at the Yamba Community Pool.
"The team performed above expectations," Beresford, an experienced coach of 18 years including the past eight at Yamba said.
"After the regionals we weren't sure if they could improve enough but they went beyond that."
Beresford said the girls junior relay teams swim to gain bronze was the local highlight of the prestigious meet.
"It was a great result, no doubt and for the senior boys and girls relay teams to make the finals, they all lifted, was a high achievement in itself," he said. Most of the relay swimmers turned in personal best swims which allowed the teams to qualify for the finals.
Of the individual swimmers, Jesse-Clare Beresford, Dylan Brown, Adam Bowes, Amy Addison and Daniel Conners, Brown finished a tremendous 6th in the 50m 11yr breaststroke final.
Overall swimmers from the north coast scooped 14 medals ? 2 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze.
Hernani and Eureka public schools also won silver medals at the championships.