THE long wait for swimmers to compete again finally ended when Wagga Swim Club welcomed 20 clubs to a meet on Saturday.
Swimmers have trained with little reward for months as COVID restrictions prevented them from testing themselves against each other.
The region's first long-course carnival since March was held at Albury last weekend, with Wagga's most recent competitive hit-out a short-course meet midway through this year.
Wet, cold and windy conditions didn't deter 160 swimmers from taking part, including competitors from the south coast and Goulburn.
"It was a big day of competition considering the weather. We lost about 20 people who had nominated to compete, which all things considered wasn't too bad," Wagga Swim Club committee members Priscilla Horsley said.
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"Most clubs still travelled despite the conditions, they were appreciative of the opportunity to race.
"We did a short course meet in the middle of the year, but the last two weekends are the first long course meets in our region since about March."
Skins events for cash prizes were also held, with the slowest swimmer dropping out after each race to determine the winner.
The next major event in the region is a NSW Country Regional meet at Griffith on January 8 and 9.
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