By TONY WHITE
BREAKING swimming records has turned into an annual event for South Grafton High School Year 11 student, Brooke Walters.
At the school's recent swimming carnival, the 16-year-old rewrote the record books, setting eight new marks.
And in the process, Walters erased a record which had stood for 41 years.
She also became the first person to crack the 30-second barrier for the 50m freestyle, when clocking 29.87s in the girls' 17-plus division.
The previous record ? 32.2s ? had stood since 1969 but was equalled last year by one of Walters' rivals, Sophie Dalton.
Walters competed in 10 events at the carnival and won them all.
At the corresponding carnival last year, Walters also won 10 races, setting records in nine events.
She set school records this year in the 100m freestyle (1:09.05), 100m butterfly (1:22.1), 100m breaststroke (1:33.5), 100m backstroke (1:24.2), 50m freestyle (28.87), 50m backstroke (34.9), 50m butterfly (32.1) and 50m breaststroke (40.7).
Her other event wins were the 200m freestyle and 200m medley.
Surprisingly, Walters' 50m time was not a PB.
"I swam 29.11 at a carnival once," she said.
The smiling teenager is unassuming and humble when it comes to her achievements.
"I guess it's rewarding for all the hard training," she said.
"Everyone has been very supportive."
Walters has been school age swimming champion for more than 10 successive years.