Youngsters in for long haul
LONG course credentials can be added to the Good Shepherd Aquatics list of accolades.
The club had four medallists at the Queensland Open Water Swimming State Championships last month, while the Coast earned several victories and podium finishes.
Cold and wet conditions made for a challenging weekend with the water temperature about 22 degrees. It was a real test of true grit, no wetsuits were allowed to be used in the competition as the events are run under FINA rules.
Victories went to Matthew Lewis of Eumundi in the 1.25km 12 boys event, but it was the 5km races where locals excelled with Kolby Gubecka (13 boys), Chloe Trevitt (14 girls), Lani Pallister (15 girls), and Kareena Lee (19 and over women) also standing on top of the dais.
Kawana Waters’ Mackenzie Brazier was unstoppable in the longer distances, winning both the 7.5km and 10km events.
For GS Aquatics, Killian Carrel secured third in the 2.5km and second in the 1.25km, Nolan Carrel was third in the 1.25km, Liam Cuthbertson finished second in the 1.25km and Lauren Maguire was second in the 5km.
It was another strong performance from the club which has more than doubled in size over the past three years.
Teagan McGowan was a stand-out performer at the Queensland Short Course Championship during August.
She took gold in the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke plus three silver medals in 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly. She also broke the 11-year-old girls state record in the 50m backstroke with a time of 30.74 seconds.
The combination of Brian Stehr and Peter Diamond is delivering results.
Rising star Dahlas Rogers, 22, is the GS Aquatics captain and she won bronze medal at the recent Australian Swimming Championships in the tough 400m freestyle event. She also notched up a 10th in the 200m and 6th in the 800m.
Based on her strong performances, she was selected in the Queensland team to compete at the 2017 Japan Open swimming champs where she gained more experience in her main events.
She took part in a five-day training camp in Nagaoka, which Swimming Australia has selected at the training base for the upcoming 2018 Pan Pacs, 2019 world championships and 2020 Olympics.
Brian is preparing her for next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and her supporters rate her a real medal prospect in the 400m free.
She said the coach and her “have very similar personalities”.
“I think that’s why we get along so well. I’ve not only developed as a swimmer, I’ve developed as a person as well.
“He’s really helped me in my swimming and my non-swimming life.”
Dahlas has done well in the “gene pool” as well, possible inheriting some of her water speed from her father Greg, who medalled at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
She said her dad was “a pretty good swimmer back in the day”.
“He went to two Olympic Games and won at the Commonwealth Games and had a world record.
“He did 100m, 200m freestyle and won his Olympic medals through the relays.”
She said her dad’s best advice to her is “you only get out what you put in”.
Sister Lana is also a talented swimmer and surf sports athlete, and is part of the Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series.
Open Water Championships. Sunshine Coast results
10 girls - 2nd McCulloch, Claire (USC Spartans) 19:30.02. 11 boys - 12th Langton, Kai (Pelican Wtrs) 23:24.48. 11 girls - 7th Paterson, Tyla (Beerwah & Dist) 19:35.07. 14th Mackie, Abby (Beerwah & Dist) 25:14.06. 12 boys - 1st Lewis, Matthew (Eumundi Dist) 16:47.75. 13 girls - 3rd Rowe-Hagans, Chloe (Noosa) 17:23.12. 2.5km 12 boys - 4th Lewis, Matthew (Eumundi Dist) 33:56.12. 12 girls - 10th James, Pippa (Eumundi Dist) 37:23.55. 13 boys - 8th Stowers, Cade (Kawana Waters) 37:17.23. 13 girls - 4th Gibbs-Beal, Finella (Noosa) 33:46.71. 6th Wassing, Imogen (Pelican Wtrs) 34:05.18. 7th Moore, Caitlin (Kawana Waters) 34:20.09. 8th Korac, Lulu (Noosa) 34:36.49. 12th Thomson, Tilda (Pelican Wtrs). :41.16. 15th Samuelsen, Keisha (Kawana Waters) 38:26.84 14 boys - 3rd Williams, Sunny (Cotton Tree) 32:01.46. 15 boys - 2nd White, Jack (Kawana Waters) 33:57.59. 15 girls - 9th Paterson, Baylee (Beerwah & Dist) 42:07.18.
13 boys - 1st Gubecka, Kolby (Kawana Waters) 1:03:02.27. 8th Richards, Noah (Pelican Wtrs) 1:13:28.04 13 girls - 4th Hamilton-Moss, Ally (MtCrkMool'aba) 1:11:40.49. 8th Binskin, Amy (MtCrkMool'aba) 1:14:36.14 14 girls - 1st Trevitt, Chloe (Pelican Wtrs) 1:03:48.82. 2nd Maguire, Lauren (Good Shepherd) 1:04:35.52. 3rd Johnston, Chloe (Kawana Waters) 1:04:39.18. 10th Stitt, Dominique (MtCrkMool'aba) 1:11:39.93. 11th Basile, Isabella (MtCrkMool'aba) 1:11:56.11. 15 boys - 2nd Bromage, Zachary (Kawana Waters) 1:00:14.65. 8th Basile, Ricardo (MtCrkMool'aba) 1:05:44.89. 11 Oberhofer, Anton (MtCrkMool'aba) 1:06:49.20. 15 girls - 1st Pallister, Lani (USC Spartans) 1:01:01.61. 2nd Gubecka, Chloe (Kawana Waters) 1:01:27.87. 3rd Wassing, Ella (Pelican Wtrs) 1:02:40.49. 7th Powell, Jorgia (USC Spartans) 1:04:31.73. 11th May, Emma (Kawana Waters) 1:10:40.38 16 boys - 3rd Read, Benjamin (Kawana Waters) 59:07.13. 19 and over women - 1st Lee, Kareena (MtCrkMool'aba) 1:00:55.30. 5th Stewart, Lisa (Cotton Tree) 1:10:30.55.
15 and under boys - 2nd Bromage, Zachary (Kawana Waters) 1:31:59.00. 4th Basile, Ricardo (MtCrkMool'aba) 1:41:06.05. 15 and under girls - 1st Gubecka, Chloe (Kawana Waters) 1:32:37.04. 2nd Pallister, Lani (USC Spartans) 1:33:19.47. 3rd Powell, Jorgia (USC Spartans) 1:39:18.35. 16 women - 1st Brazier, Mackenzie (Kawana Waters )1:34:32.82.
16 women - 1st Brazier, Mackenzie (Kawana Waters) 2:07:07.29
Coach Brian Stehr with his champion open water swimmers Nolan Carrel, Killian Carrel, Lauren Maguire and Liam Cuthbertson.
Coach Brian Stehr with Teagan McGowan and fellow GSA coach Peter Diamond.