Katelyn Linch is ready for the local swim meet this weekend after her recent success.
Katelyn Linch is ready for the local swim meet this weekend after her recent success. ALLAN REINIKKKA

Young Katelyn makes a splash

KATELYN Linch may only be nine years old but she has cleaned up all except one swimming Age Championship she has competed in.

The Caribeae swimmer last weekend broke eight records and won the Age Championship, after winning all of her 13 events at the Harbour City Swim Meet despite facing the strength of Brisbane clubs.

“It’s my favourite sport,” Linch said yesterday.

“I want to do five (training) sessions a week now.”

Her clean sweep follows her strong performance at the CQ Sprint Meet in Rockhampton earlier this month and now the young swimmer is all smiles as she prepares for the state titles next month.

Coach Jodie Shanks said Linch showed a lot of potential for the state titles and pushed herself at the recent meet in Gladstone when she raced against Brisbane swimmers.

Linch will compete in backstroke, butterfly, freestyle and her strongest stroke, breaststroke, at the state titles.

“She is a little fighter, she would be the top swimmer in her age group in this region,” Shanks said yesterday.

“I don’t want to put any expectations on her (for states) – but if she swims to her true self she should do really well.”

The state titles will be a new experience for Linch, who has only swum in relays at that level but she said she was excited for the challenge.

“I want to make the finals,” she said.

The local swimmer will this weekend compete in the Capricorn Novice and Junior Meet in Rockhampton.

But it won’t be a big challenge for her with the event aimed at introducing the sport for swimmers aged 12 years and under.

Shanks said the meet wouldn’t be highly competitive, with many first-time swimmers.

Linch continues to train hard with four training sessions each week.



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