Rocky swimmers in sizzling form
IF THEIR results at the recent national championships are anything to go by, Rockhampton's swimmers deserve a warm change.
Caribeae Swimming Academy president David Milburn believes the performances of Rockhampton swimmers at the recent School Sport Australia 2011 Swimming and Diving Championships justifies the world-class facility being built at the Southside Memorial Swimming Pool location.
Five of the region's premier primary and secondary school swimmers tasted success at the national championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre last week despite having to battle with cold mornings and even colder water temperatures during the winter.
“For the kids to be doing what they're doing at this time of the year shows how high the standard of swimming is in the region,” Milburn said.
Rocky City Swim Club swimmers Alanna Bowles led the way with gold and silver medals, while Gracemere's Matilda Phelan picked up gold and bronze medals in her four events during the meet.
Fellow Rocky City Swim Club member BJ Oates and Ty Hartwell also medalled at the national event, along with Caribeae Swimming Academy's Karleigh Banks.
Oates earned bronze medals in the 13-year boys 100m freestyle and the boys 8x50m all-age freestyle relay after swimming the third leg while Hartwell finished in third place in the 10-year boys 4x50m freestyle relay.
After missing out on a medal in the 13-14 year girls 100m butterfly by the narrowest of margins, Banks bounced back to pick up bronze in the 13-14 year girls 200m butterfly.
But it was Bowles and Phelan who were the region's shining lights at the meet, with Bowles winning gold in the 13-14 year girls 400m individual medley in a time of 5:00.30.
She could've had another gold if it wasn't for Queensland team mate and Australian age record holder Remy Fairweather.
Fairweather blitzed the field in the 13-14 year girls 400m freestyle, finishing in 4:27.47 in front of second-placed Bowles (4:27.47).
Competing in the 12-year girls age group, Phelan earned her gold medal swimming the third leg in the 4x50m freestyle relay before bringing the Queensland team home in the 4x50m freestyle to win bronze.