Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT

TWO Bund­aberg swim­mers have qual­i­fied for the state team af­ter tak­ing a swag of medals at the Queens­land Pri­mary School Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships.

Jaime Kruger, 12, and Isaac Cooper, 12, both made the un­der-12 squad with fan­tas­tic times at the pool in Bris­bane, break­ing a record or two along the way.

Isaac swam a Queens­land record time of 2min 15sec in the 200m back­stroke while in Jaime’s 200m but­ter­fly fi­nal all three girls were un­der the Queens­land record.

Isaac won gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m back­stroke as well as the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley and bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Jaime won sil­ver in the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 200m freestyle, 100m but­ter­fly and bronze in the 50m and 200m but­ter­fly.

Fairymead Swim­ming Club coach Scott Ham­let said Isaac also won age cham­pion.

“They ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said.

“We didn’t ex­pect Jaime to get sec­ond in the in­di­vid­ual med­ley and for Isaac to smash his in­di­vid­ual med­ley.”

Jaime said she loved div­ing into the pool for one sim­ple rea­son. “It makes me happy.” Jaime said she reg­u­larly trained about eight times a week and was hop­ing to do well at the Aus­tralian School ti­tles in Septem­ber.

“I’m hop­ing I will do well if I try my hard­est,” she said.

Ham­let said the duo had im­proved its times af­ter spend­ing more time with fel­low coach Paul Simms and train­ing with older swim­mers.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to be part of what these young chil­dren do,” he said.

“I’ve been with them since they were lit­tle and taught them their strokes.”

Fairymead Swim­ming Club coach Scott Ham­let It’s fan­tas­tic to be part of what these young chil­dren do.


SWIM CHAMP: Jaime Kruger in the wa­ter.

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