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The swimming team from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School is fit and raring to go ahead of this year's Rottnest Channel Swim.

Trainer Bob Marshall said that after 13 years competing in the gruelling 19.7km swim, the school team had never been more ready for the event.

Last year the junior boys team who will compete together again this year - Leon Doret, Jacob Dubois, Gerred McCracken and Steven Bennett - exceeded all expectations when they came second in the combined 56+ age category.

With a time of four hours, 54 minutes and 58 seconds, they were seventh overall in the competition out of about 400 teams.

"Their combined age of 57 years made them by far the youngest team in the top 20," Mr Marshall said.

The team who hit the beach first had a combined age of 96 years averaging 24 years each, compared with the BCGS team, who were aged 14 and 15.

Mr Marshall holds high hopes for the team of elite swimmers, who all compete at a State level.

"This year they are stronger and faster and so one would assume, if the conditions are the same, they will beat their time last year," Mr Marshall said.

The school is entering two girls teams and two boys teams with four in each team. The swimmers are expected to do about 5km each.

Mr Marshall said the girls teams had a good chance of breaking the school record.

This year's event, on Saturday, February 23, will see 2300 swimmers and 900 boats in the water.

The West Australian

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