From left, Bronagh O’Hanlon, Kye Oates, Jared O’Hanlon and Braiden Oates are off to the Queensland Championships in Brisbane.
From left, Bronagh O’Hanlon, Kye Oates, Jared O’Hanlon and Braiden Oates are off to the Queensland Championships in Brisbane. Mlmegan LEWIS

Four swimmers make championships

As local swimmers plunge deeper into the 2010 season, the competitive levels have also risen between Queensland swimmers.

And with only four swimmers from Rocky City making the cut for the 2010 McDonald’s Queensland Sprint Championships this weekend, it will no doubt be a tough swim.

Shane Kingston of Rocky City has coached and guided some of Rockhampton’s top swimmers and this week he will take four swimmers to Brisbane for the championships.

Jared O’Hanlon, 14, had waves of success in 2009 and has already qualified for nationals next month.

“Jared is racing in everything and he will swim in open breaststroke, which will be his first time at a state level,” Kingston said.

“Obviously he is a good racer and he will take it in his stride; he is a pretty confident kid.”

O’Hanlon’s sister Bronagh, 11, will also hit the Chandler pool this weekend and Kingston said she would try to “crack” into the next level.

“She has come a long way in the last 12 months,” he said.

“She swam at Zoggs last year for the first time and it was an experience for her, but she will go down this weekend and try to crack into the next level.”

Braiden “BJ” Oates, 11, has collected every age championship at each carnival he has competed in this season.

“Both BJ and Jared are at the pointy end of age group,” he said.

“BJ will also compete in everything and has been going very well and has won every age

champion at every carnival this season.”

And it will be a family affair with BJ’s brother Kye also travelling to Brisbane for the championships.

“This will be his first state level meet under my coaching, and he is doing quite well,” he said.

“He is doing some doing some good times and should do well at Chandler.”

Kingston said the meet would be the end of the road for 50 metre swimmers with only the 50m freestyle event at nationals.

Caribeae Academy Swimming School will have 13 swimmers competing and Emu Park will have two of their top swimmers, Arna Couper and Tayla Hill.



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