Crocs snap up medals at Gladstone

SWIMMING: The heat was on when five members of the Rocky Crocs Masters Swimming Club dived into Gladstone’s waters and surfaced with four medals last weekend.

The Gladstone Gropers Masters Club annual Swimming Carnival was held on Saturday with 40 competitors from Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gladstone.

And locals from Rocky Crocs rippled through their divisions and claimed three bronze medals and a silver.

Leslie Smith won the silver in the 65-69 age group and Ian McLeod took out the bronze in the 55-59 age group.

Bob Barnes picked up the bronze in the 65-69 age group and club caption Bryan Graff claimed the bronze in 75-79 group.

Dean Gibson also swam into second place in both the 25m freestyle and 25m backstroke skins events.

Leslie Smith, who claimed silver, also sits as secretary for the club and said the team was pleased with their overall results.

“Ian was pleased with his result because it was very competitive age group,” she said.

“Bob was a bit surprised with his because he doesn’t do any training – he just likes to go along for the ride.”

The Rocky Crocs also finished up in third for both the total and aggregative points.

“We had a few drop-outs at the last minute, so we did really well for that,” she said.

The Crocs are closing in on their sign-on day on November 22 at the Southside Pool.

Smith said the team hoped to have an influx of members to join their social swimming club in light of some recent changes.

“Cathy Batts is our new president and she is quite keen to try and get some regulars to come along. We want to encourage people to join our club,” she said.

“We are a little competitive, but our club tends to go along for the socialising factors.

“It is a very fun atmosphere; we really enjoy our trips.”

The Crocs’ next adventure will take them to Mackay on Saturday, November 28.

Smith said she hoped the sign-on day would give an indication of how many competitors would go to the Mackay carnival.

Our club tends to go for the socialising



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