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AQUATICS.

SWTMMING At the Coogee baths on Saturday week Miss Fanny Durack won the 100 yards ladies' championship of New South Wales in 70 2-ss. She al3o won the 150 yards handicap from scratch in 1.55, Miss M. Wylie (who had 7s in the second event) being second in each case.

The boys of the various metropolitan public schools in Sydney were taken in hand during the Christmas vacation by Mr. Steve Lynch and several other instructors, who gave the boys valuable lessons in the elements of life-saving and swimming drill. It is confidently anticipated that at the end of the course a good many thousand boys will have got over the initial stages of the art. The idea is a new one, suggested by one of the officials of the Department, and the experiment is being watched by the various heads with keen interest.

ous neaas witn Keen interest. Here is an interesting paragraph from a New York paper dated October 14th: " Ida Elionsky set a long-distance swimming mark on September 25th, that was , said to be a record for a woman, when . sho ewam around Manhattan island, covering 40 miles in 11 hour, and 3d minutes. The swim waa supposed to ,be a race between herself and her \ brother, Harry Elionsky, known as Buster, because he weighs 2301b. and looks it. But it was hardly a race, be-! cause Henry was shackled hand and; foot, his favourite mode of natation. 1 Miss Elionsky and her brother dived \ into the water at the Battery at 6.45 in the morning, and splashed in the direc- i tion of the Statue of Liberty. They , were shepherded by a rowboat contain- . ; ing entirely superfluous lifeguards, i while behind came a sloop filled with I reporters and the inevitable movie men. I Miss Elionsky shifted from the Austra- • ' lian crawl at times to the one-armed I trudgeon, but her brother just wriggled. . | Henry, who has been called the human ' iceberg, regularly submerged after the . manner of a submarine, reappearing, after the onlookers had given up all .! hope, to blow like a whale. The swim- , ' mers furrowed their way up the East , River, with a sharp current slapping , their faces until they reached Hell Gate, where tbe undertow and the heavy tide ] swung them from their courso several I , times and made them realise they were |j on serious .business. Passing through ' Spuyten Duyvil Creek, they entered the North .River at 12.5. They went from . there to the Battery, completing the , last leg at G.lO, with the girl in the • _ lead by several yards. They were both ! , strong enough to take nourishment I when they finished."

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AQUATICS., Auckland Star, Volume XLVII, Issue 311, 30 December 1916

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AQUATICS. Auckland Star, Volume XLVII, Issue 311, 30 December 1916

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