Bronze adds sparkle to champs
ROCKY City Swim star Alannah Bowles is carrying an extra weight around her neck.
Bowles returned from the Australian Swimming Championships late last month with two bronze medals after finishing on the podium in the 13-girls 200m butterfly and 400 individual medley.
In a jam-packed schedule, Bowles competed in nine events during the week-long championships and was the club’s standout performer.
Rocky City Swim coach Shane Kingston said: “Along with her bronze medals, she finished in the top 10 in a few other events, so she had a really good meet.”
Bowles was joined at the nationals by Rocky City Swim teammates B.J. Oates, Maddison Iskov, “surprise packet” Ty Hartwell, and Caribaea Swimming Academy swimmers Karleigh Banks and Caitlin Hiron.
In her first national meet, Maddison Iskov, 16, equalled her personal best time in the 100m breaststroke, and Kingston said 12-year-old Hartwell had made a phenomenal improvement in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke in the past 12 months.
“He’s a little surprise packet,” Kingston said. “Twelve months ago he was nowhere to be seen and he’s just exploded onto the scene.”
The Year 5 student at Heights College joins Matilda Phelan and Logan Powell in the Queensland Primary Schools Swim team.
While Oates did not pick up any medals, Kingston said the Year 8 Toowoomba Grammar School student would be benefit from his time on the big stage.
At Toowoomba Grammar on a scholarship to further his swimming career, Oates will still represent Rocky City Swim club at future meets.
Oates’ performance at the nationals has earned him selection in the Queensland Secondary Schools Swimming team to contest the School Sport Australia Championships in Melbourne from the July 30-August 5.
Oates joins Bowles and Banks (13-14 girls) in the Queensland Secondary Schools team.