Alanna Bowles and Lieston Pickett at Rockhampton Aquatic Centre Pool. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Alanna Bowles and Lieston Pickett at Rockhampton Aquatic Centre Pool. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Bowles shaves just three secs off CQ women's 800m record

SWIMMING in a time which would have booked her a finals berth at the 2000 Sydney Olympics earned Alannah Bowles $2000 for her efforts.

Bowles, 15, shaved just over three seconds off the Central Queensland women's 800m record, set by 2008 Beijing Olympics semi-finalist Melissa Gorman, on Sunday to collect the prize money at the Tropic of Capricorn.

With $2000 to be split if the men's 1500m record and the women's 800m record was broken, Bowles collected the lot after touching the wall at the Central Queensland Aquatic Centre in 8:33.23, eclipsing the previous mark of 8:36.66 set in December, 2011.

Incredibly, with Miranda Bell ill and second-place finisher Hannah Thompson finishing nearly 90 seconds behind her, it was Bowles versus the clock.

"She swam it by herself so to swim a time like that, she swam really, really well," CQ Aquajets president Gary Knight said.

Bowles said her plan was to try and lap her other competitors.

"Without Miranda there to push me I had to find another strategy," she said.

"I had to keep making sure I was making ground on the other girls."

Bowles set new CQ records in the 100m and 200m butterfly and the 200m freestyle; four of 14 records Knight said were broken during the two-day meet.

Bowles finished the meet with $2700 after collecting $200 for each record she broke and $100 for the 'swim of the meet' title.



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