Rocky Swim club members off to the State Titles. front L-R Cooper Blackwood, Mikaela Bass, Megan Benson, Maddison Iskov, Brooke Wacker . middle L-R Amanda Ross, Emma Rewald, Maddie Bygrave, Jodie Mulvihill, Liam Rayfield, rear L-R Todd Russell Rhys Mawn, Sam Bell, Matthew White, Shea Korte and Jared O’Hanlon.
Rocky Swim club members off to the State Titles. front L-R Cooper Blackwood, Mikaela Bass, Megan Benson, Maddison Iskov, Brooke Wacker . middle L-R Amanda Ross, Emma Rewald, Maddie Bygrave, Jodie Mulvihill, Liam Rayfield, rear L-R Todd Russell Rhys Mawn, Sam Bell, Matthew White, Shea Korte and Jared O’Hanlon. Chris Ison

Kingston heads Rocky swim squad

SWIMMING: Rockhampton’s Matthew White is making his final strokes before he dives into the deep waters of the Commonwealth Games trials in March next year.

The 20-year-old will start by leading the Rocky Swimming Club’s pack at the state titles that start tomorrow in Brisbane.

Shane Kingston of the Rocky City Swimming Club says White is making his final steps before making it into the Australian team, and it all starts at the state titles this weekend.

“He is our open swimmer and seated number five in Australia,” Kingston said.

“This is sort of the last stepping stone for him before the Commonwealth Games trials in March, which will be his next target after the state titles.

“He is getting closer to his goal; he has been training hard for this and it is his main focus of his whole life at this stage.”

Kingston says White has been swimming with the club for the last nine years and shows strong dedication.

“When he first started he was very much a novice and progressed through the ranks well and he still continues to progress.”

He says White’s preferred stroke is breaststroke and he will compete best in the short course races of 100 and 200 metres.

Rocky City Swimming Club will be taking 17 competitors to the state titles, which is the largest in the region.

“This is my biggest squad ever and it is definitely the biggest squad in the region. I am very proud,” he said.

Kingston said Todd Russell, recent ironman champion and former national medallist, is also expected to make an impression at the state titles.

“We also have a few first time state qualifiers going down too, I hope they break through in their events,” he said.

“We have a few that have only within the last 12 months made swimming their number one sport.”

The Rocky City Swimming Club state team will start competing at the state titles tomorrow that continues through until December 17.

After the state titles the swimmers will then look to qualify for the nationals next year.



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