Matthew White swam strong in his races while he prepares to represent Queensland later this year.
Matthew White swam strong in his races while he prepares to represent Queensland later this year.

Age champion gets some practice

SPECTATORS may have been sweating buckets under the sweltering sun on the weekend, but it was the young talent that heated up the pool with 27 records broken.

The competitors united from as far as Mackay to Brisbane to compete in the first Beef City Swim meet for the season, hosted by the Caribeae Swimming Academy Club.

The three-day event was held at Rockhampton Grammar School, with 13 clubs competing and swimmers from ages eight to open.

But the heat boiled over with 20-year-old Matthew White who took the Open Individual Age Champion.

White's coach, Shane Kingston, said White used the competition as a chance to build himself up for the Queensland Championships later in the year.

“He raced really well, but it was mainly just a chance for him to get out there and have a race,” he said.

Kingston said he had been competing in swim meets since he was 11 and had slowly climbed the ladder through the years, and would continue to do so in the future.

David Milburn, president of the Caribeae Swimming Club, said for him it was the young age groups that proved themselves.

“It was the 11-13 girls,” he said.

“The younger swimmers really stood out in my mind, they were a very strong age group.

“Overall it was a great day, the swimmers were all very relaxed and enthusiastic.”

From the 27 records that were broken, 14 of them were from Rockhampton talents, including four records from 16-year-old Keegan Mullane who also claimed the Age Champion.

Milburn said Mullane excelled, despite him being more focused on school in recent times.

“Keegan set four records which was a good effort as he hasn't been doing a great deal of training.”

Milburn also said that Kaitlyn Weldon from the Southern Cross Swimming Club was particularly strong.

The nine-year-old took home The Speed Machine Event, Age Champion and two records.

Other locals who broke records include Tahlia Griffiths, Karleigh Banks, Alanna Bowles, Caitlin Hiron and Jordan Griffiths from the Caribeae Swimming Club.

And Sam Bell, Shea Korrte, Emma Rewald and Jodie Mulvihill from the Rocky City Swimming Club.

In the team competition the Caribeae Club came out on top, with Mackay Swimming Academy in second and Rocky Swimming Academy coming in third.



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