White warms up for nationals
SWIMMING: While many swimmers plunged into the pool hoping to qualify for nationals, Rocky City’s Matthew White made the splash as a simple “warm-up”.
The Rocky City swimmer competed in the CQ Sprint Meet on Saturday at Rockhampton Grammar, hosted by Caribeae Swimming Academy Club, with more than 170 other competitors who made the journey from across Queensland.
The developing 20-year-old won both the open butterfly and breaststroke events in preparation for the likes of nationals and the
Commonwealth Games trials in March.
Although White had made waves of success in last year’s events and now takes his final steps, other swimmers like Caribeae’s Karliegh Banks also proved her worth in the pool.
The 12-year-old, who recently qualified for nationals in the 100m butterfly, won Age Champion after collecting a place in all the events she competed in.
“I think she was unbeaten, she was really pleased with her results and swam a couple of PBs (personal bests) as well,”
Caribeae’s David Milburn said yesterday.
Milburn said Banks also improved in her breaststroke and backstroke even though her strength lay in butterfly.
“She is now going to have to wait for the next meet in Gladstone to get the opportunity for the other distances to qualify for nationals,” Milburn said.
“But she trains really well and is a self-motivated swimmer and doesn’t hold back in her training.”
Caribeae swimming club’s competitors continued to swim in top form at the meeting and won the team competition as well as producing more than seven Age Champions.
Milburn said the standard of racing and state of competition was extremely high with rarely an easy win.
“It was an exciting meet with races being won of a 100th of a second,” he said, “and sometimes that was between the top four.”
Open swimmer Jodie Mulvihill of Rocky City was also a strong contender when she took first place in backstroke and butterfly in the open events and the Age Champion of 15 years.
Caribeae’s Frazer Kirk became the Age Champion for his age, 15 years, Gladstone’s Hannah Lowry became Age Champion for 11 years and Rocky City’s Braidon Oates claimed Age Champion for 11 years.
Milburn said the next gathering, Harbour City Meet, would be in Gladstone and was expected to attract a larger crowd of swimmers that included about 50 Brisbane competitors.