Rocky City swimmers line up

SWIMMING: Rocky City Swimming Club coach Shane Kingston has a sneaking suspicion that his club will take out the number one spot for the state’s Country Club Title.

The Rocky City team of 17, the biggest team in the region, has had a leading line of success at the Queensland State Swimming Titles in Brisbane this week and has taken out six medals in total.

“We have had a lot of PBs (personal bests) this week and the club is hitting the number one spot in the country title,” Kingston said.

“We are trying to hold onto that, so hopefully we will do well in finals tonight (Thursday).”

But the club wouldn’t be pushing for the title if it wasn’t for Liam Rayfield who has gone above and beyond expectations.

The 14-year-old took out three individual medals, including gold in the under-14 400m individual medley, silver in 200m backstroke and bronze in 100m breaststroke.

“In the individual medley I thought we had that one covered and it was really good he won it by a margin - he was pretty stoked with it all,” Kingston said.

Rayfield also swam strong with his Rocky City team mates at the championships to claim a gold in the medley relay and silver in the freestyle relay.

“We had Liam in the finals last night and he qualified well in 100m backstroke, but had a bad start and didn’t place,” he said.

“We were confident that he would get a minor medal, so he was quite disappointed.”

But Rayfield will have a chance to get back in the fast lane with more finals lined up tonight and tomorrow night.

“He is in finals for the 200m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley,” Kingston said.

“We have had a lot of PBs and kids doing well with Sam Bell having a massive PB.”

Caribeae Swimming Club is also competing at the state championships that finish tonight.

Coach Jodie Shanks said the club’s competitors, many of whom are debuting at the state titles, have broken through and made several finals.

Karliegh Banks has had success and qualified fastest in the 200m butterfly heat but was disqualified in the finals.



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