HAPPY WINNER: Aleisha with her State Short Course medal.
HAPPY WINNER: Aleisha with her State Short Course medal.

Busy period capped off by state medal win

AFTER a very busy winter period for the Emu Park Swimming Club, four swimmers headed to Brisbane to compete at the 2017 McDonald's Queensland Short Course Championships.

Over the three-day competition the swimmers lined up to contest 23 events, with some great results for the young team achieving a total of eight top-10 finishes and a bronze medal to top off one of their most successful team results at state level.

Emu Park Club Coach Paul Connolly said Jesse Laverty and Aleisha Stewart went down with the distance events as their main focus with both swimmers putting in very strong performances.

"Jesse showed great improvement in his 400 Individual Medley swim,” he said.

"This is a tough event and the pleasing thing was that he improved on each of the four strokes that make up the I.M.

"Not to be outdone, Aleisha swam an amazing eight-second personal best in her 800-metre freestyle helping her to secure the bronze medal, her first state medal.

"This was very exciting for the pair who will be stepping up in October to contest events in the State Open Water Championships.”

Mr Connolly said the other two swimmers were concentrating on the shorter distances with both swimming many PBs and both securing top 10 finishes at the event.

"Grace Gillies swam exceptionally in the 100- metre butterfly and 100- metre breaststroke, smashing 18 seconds off her best times in those events,” he said.

"She was supported by team-mate Emma Doherty who swam in nine events with five of those swims in the Top 10 for her age group.

"This is exciting for Emma as she was concentrating on these events as she gets ready to compete in the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December.

"It has been a very busy winter for our club and swimmers. Our club hosted a very successful short course meet in July that saw over 160 swimmers converge on Emu Park Pool.

"Our swimmers had a fantastic meet and continued to improve right up and into these championships, which is very pleasing as we have made some changes to our program and it was great to see that it has paid off.

"We now look forward to a very busy summer season with some big events for our club and swimmers going forward.”



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