Age swimmers for specialist events

A GROUP of Rockhampton age group swimmers are edging closer towards specialising in events with the arrival of the second half of the 2005-06 season.

CQU Rocky City club members Matthew White, Angie Balderston and Adam Eiseman have already set qualifying marks for April's National Age Swimming Championships in Sydney and a few of their clubmates are narrowly outside the qualifying mark.

The club will target two main meets this year in a bid to meet these times, starting with the Harbour City meeting in Gladstone on January 21 and 22 followed by the Central Queensland Swimming Championships in Biloela on the first weekend of March.

CQU Rocky City coach Shane Kingston said once they are in the qualifying phase for nationals everyone heads in their own direction and train for events they have to specialise in.

"They're all age groupers so you don't want to specialise for 12 months,'' Kingston said.

The CQU Rocky City club has made an impressive start to the season finishing fourth in the regional club standings at last month's Queensland Open and Age Swimming Championships in Brisbane.

Swimmers like White, Rachel Jenner and Jason Green helped towards the points tally.

White won his 16 years boys 200m breaststroke and reached the open final while Jenner is breaking new ground winning a bronze medal in the 13 years girls 400m individual medley.

Green dominated the AWD events winning his 400m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 100m butterfly, placing second in his 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke and he also won a bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Balderston won silver in her 12 years girls 100m butterfly at the Pan Pacific School Games in Melbourne.

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