Heights College’s Ty Hartwell broke the 100m backstroke Queensland school record.
Heights College’s Ty Hartwell broke the 100m backstroke Queensland school record. Allan Reinikka

Hartwell makes a splash at champs

HEIGHT'S College swim star Ty Hartwell is carrying an extra weight around his neck.

The 11-year-old torpedo dived into the deep water of the Queensland Primary School Championships, placing in four of his events.

Hosted by the Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane, the annual championships acted as nationals selections for primary school students.

Hartwell returned late last month after representing Capricornia and earned two gold, one silver and one bronze.

In a jam-packed schedule, Hartwell competed in seven events during the three-day long championships and was a Capricornia stand-out.

He reached finals in all of his events, finishing on the podium in his team's 4 x 50 metre relay, 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

Along with his large collection of medals, Hartwell broke the Queensland school record for the 100m backstroke, which was held Cameron McEvoy.

However, that wasn't all Hartwell achieved at the state-wide championships - he was runner-up in the 11-year-old boys' age champion division.

Those displays have fired up Hartwell, who plans a big year, which he hopes will include national selection at the Australian Primary School Championships later this year.

The young swimmer is sure to be one of Rockhampton's biggest success stories.

In his short career he has already taken out medals on state level and will head to the Australian trials as one of the top five seeds.

Hartwell is training several times a week in the pool, with additional gym training in preparation for the national championships, where he will compete against Australia's best swimmers in his age group.

He will embark on his national assault at Sydney's Olympic Park on July 28 for the Australian Primary School Championships.



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