Lucy takes top gong at swim meet
SWIMMING: Teenage swim sensation Lucy Busby has set the pool alight at the Tropic of Capricorn Meet.
The Rocky City swimmer dominated the hotly contested girls 13-14 years age group to finish as age champion and be crowned the Swimmer of the Meet.
More than 110 swimmers from across Central Queensland contested the two-day meet, which was co-hosted by the CQ Aquajets and Emu Park swim clubs at Rockhampton's 2nd World War Memorial Pool.
CQ Aquajets president Gary Knight said there was some great racing over the weekend, with two CQ records broken.
"The Tropic of Capricorn Meet is an important meet for swimmers to get qualifying times for the state championships next month in Brisbane,” he said.
"It was amazing how many qualifying times were obtained considering the stifling heat we had on Saturday.”
Knight said the Red Rooster Chicken Skins were a highlight on the action-packed program.
Swimmers are placed in boys and girls age groups in 9-10 years, 11-12 years, 13-14 years and 15 and over. They race over 50m with the slowest two swimmers eliminated from each round until the last two are left to battle it out for the title and the prize money.
Busby powered her way to victory in the Skins as well to cap off an incredibly successful carnival.
Rocky City's Ty Hartwell received the Swim of the Meet award after setting a CQ record in the 15 years boys 100m backstroke.
His time of 1:01.16 eclipsed the existing record of 1:01.58 set in 2011 by Gladstone swimmer Alex Williams.
Emu Park's Emma Doherty (above), 11, claimed the other CQ record, swimming the 200m breaststroke in a time of 3:03.42.
Caribeae's Marlee Chopping, 9, received the Robert Schwarten Encouragement Award, while Caribeae's Kyala Osbourne won the 800m trophy and Rocky City's Marc Griggs won the 1500m trophy.
Rocky City was awarded the Aggregate Points Shield for the third year in a row.
A large contingent of local swimmers are now gearing up to compete at the City of Charm Meet in Bundaberg this weekend.
<square_bullet> 9-10 years: Girls, Taryn Roberts (Rocky City) 1, Sally Vagg (Boyne Tannum) 2, Molly Cottam (Rocky City) 3; boys, Joshua Emery (Emu Park) 1, James Declan (Rocky City) 2, Tyler Camman (Boyne Tannum) 3
<square_bullet> 11-12 years: Girls, Miranda Chopping (Caribeae) 1, Emma Doherty (Emu Park) 2, Jaylee McMahon (Caribeae) 3; boys, Austin Kelly (Caribeae) 1, Jack Kelly (Caribeae) 2, Jordan McCann (Yeppoon)
<square_bullet> 13-14 years: Girls, Lucy Busby (Rocky City) 1, Holly Kuss (Rocky City) 2, Imogen Busby (Emu Park) 3; boys, Cameron Clark (Rocky City) 1, Timothy Cookson (Caribeae) 2
<square_bullet> 15 and over: Girls, Kayla Osbourne (Caribeae) 1, Emma Burgess (Rocky City) 2, Amy Keen (Rockty City) 3; boys, Ty Hartwell (Rocky City) 1, Matthew Richardson (Rocky City) 2, Tate Robson (CQ Aquajets) 3
<square_bullet> 9-10 years: Taryn Roberts (Rocky City), Joshua Emery (Emu Park)
<square_bullet> 11-12 years: Miranda Chopping (Caribeae), Austin Kelly (Caribeae)
<square_bullet> 13-14 years: Lucy Busby (Rocky City), Brock Valigura (Caribeae)
<square_bullet> 15-16 years: Emma Burgess (Rocky City), Tate Robson (CQ Aquajets)
<square_bullet> 17 and over: Lauren Murphy (Caribeae), Daniel Lynch (Caribeae)