CQ Aquajets (from left) Ryan Drochmann, Sam Bell, Harris Schamburg, Miranda Bell and Renee Drochmann.
CQ Aquajets (from left) Ryan Drochmann, Sam Bell, Harris Schamburg, Miranda Bell and Renee Drochmann.

They'll dash ... and they'll just keep on dashing



FORGET the dash for cash events, when the CQ Aquajets hit the water they're in it for the long haul.

The Rockhampton club is bucking the trend in an era where swimmers look up to the world's fastest in the pool ? these budding young stars hit the water in the name of endurance.

CQ Aqajets swimmers cleaned up in the long-distance events at last week's Queensland Open and Age championships in Brisbane and Queensland Open Water championships on the Sunshine Coast.

The Bell siblings, Sam and Miranda, both struck gold in the 13 years boys and 13 years girls 2.5km open water swim events respectively.

Miranda pipped her CQ Aquajets team-mate, Renee Droch- mann, to the gold medal, while Joel Russell finished eighth in the 15-16 years boys 5km race.

This success follows the domination in the long-distance events in the pool, with Miranda winning the 13 years girls 800m title and Sam grabbing silver in the 13 years boys 1500m final.

CQ Aquajets head coach Cyril Thomasson said their long distance preference came down to the kids' physiology.

"They're distance swimmers,'' Thomasson said.

"You can train them to do sprints all you like but they were born with it.''

Thomasson said Miranda, who will represent the Queensland surf lifesaving team at next month's Australian championships at Queenscliff, NSW, was just outside the 15 years girls 800m qualifying time for next year's Australian titles.



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