Me­te­ors smash own PBs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

EARLY morn­ing starts, many hours train­ing af­ter school, and week­ends pool­side are see­ing Me­teor Swim Squad mem­bers smash their PB’s at each swim meet they at­tend.

Last Satur­day and Sun­day saw the team of 22 swim­mers (8 Moss­man - 14 To­bruk/ Cairns) com­pete in the Saints Long Course Qual­i­fier at To­bruk Pool.

The fast paced two-day meet, com­plete with back­ground thump­ing base­line songs, was run like clock­work by the Saints Swim Club, Cairns.

(13yrs) com­peted in 7 events over the two days re­sult­ing in seven new PBs, most notable be­ing a 18sec PB gain­ing him a 4th place in the 100m Breast. Fan­tas­tic results in only two weeks since the last meet. BEN: Heath, in what is be­com­ing a reg­u­lar fash­ion, has con­stant im­prove­ment not in just times but in his per­for­mance and the level of ma­tu­rity he brings to his races. He qual­i­fied for the JX Ju­nior Ex­cel­lence Green Squad for 50m Free, 50m Back and Bronze Squad for 50m Breast.

(15yrs) com­pet­ing in only his sec­ond swim meet swam in 6 events plac­ing 2nd in the 100m Back, 100m Free, 100m Breast and 200m Free. He also placed 3rd in the 400m Free by smash­ing his old PB by just un­der 9secs! BEN: Mitch is grow­ing in his role as a se­nior swim­mer within the club and per­form­ing well un­der race con­di­tions mak­ing new leaps and bounds in his com­pet­i­tive swim­ming. His ta­lent is show­ing in his abil­ity to fin­ish strong in ev­ery sin­gle race. Mitch, who is al­ready qual­i­fied for the 100m Free and 200m Free for Queens­land State Cham­pi­onships, is just a sec­ond shy of the 400m Free to qual­ify, which is a great re­sult at this time in his train­ing.

(12yrs) swam in 7 events and placed 2nd in the 100m Back, 50m Breast, 50m Back, 100m Breast and 200m Free also gain­ing new PB’s in 3 of th­ese events. BEN: An­gus per­formed well in his 100m Back show­ing prom­ise in his grow­ing skills in that event plus smash­ing out a great 100m Breast lead­ing the heat and per­form­ing a 4.22sec PB. He ex­e­cuted well in his race strate­gies show­ing he is learning quickly how to prop­erly per­form the longer events.

(9yrs) swam his first ever swim meet and gained times in the 50m Free and 50m Back. BEN: De­spite his nerves and be­ing his first ever car­ni­val amongst the best FNQ Swim­ming has to of­fer, he per­formed well get­ting of­fi­cial times up on the board set­ting up fu­ture tar­gets for the rest of the 2016/17 Sea­son.

(12yrs) also swam in her first swim meet com­pet­ing in 5 events and gain­ing times in all. BEN : Alyssa just like her brother Ash­ton was her very first car­ni­val and swam awe­some un­der pres­sure set­ting the bench mark. Her abil­ity in stick­ing to ex­e­cut­ing rac­ing strate­gies is great to watch as her 50m Fly showed, which for me was her high­lighted event.

(11yrs) gained new PB’s in her 50m Free, 50m Breast, 50m Back and 100m Free events. BEN: Grace step­ping up from her pre­vi­ous car­ni­val in Ma­reeba did not dis­ap­point on the week­end. Grace’s per­for­mance and times shows any swim­mer hav­ing high stan­dards in train­ing will give you re­wards. The 50m Fly was not only just a phys­i­cal race but a men­tal ‘Mount Ever­est’ for her to over­come and the team could not be more proud for her in step­ping up and tack­ling it head on.

(12yrs) placed in the top ten for all 5 events she en­tered and gained a new PB in the 200m In­di­vid­ual Med­ley. BEN: Sophie’s high­light for me was the 200m Free, even though it was not a PB, it proved to Sophie to trust her abil­ity/ta­lent as she can go out hard with the best of them and fin­ish strong. Sophie’s de­vel­op­ing ta­lent in rac­ing and us­ing her strengths at the right time is start­ing to shine and very soon will sur­prise her­self in what she is ca­pa­ble of do­ing.

(11yrs) swam in 3 events on the Satur­day in­clud­ing a new event for her, the 100m Back. BEN: Sophia is prov­ing to be a swim­mer that has a mix bag of tal­ents. To watch her skills grow in her tech­nique and rac­ing per­for­mances is awe­some to watch. FNQ Cham­pi­onships will be great event to see her race and I can­not wait.

(12yrs) com­peted in her first swim meet gain­ing times in the 50m Free and 50m Breast. BEN: Emily is a swim­mer that is rapidly im­prov­ing show­ing on the week­end it will not be long un­til she will be push­ing the top com­peti­tors. Keep­ing up the hard work in train­ing, Emily al­ways pushes her self­striv­ing ex­cel­lence.

The Me­te­ors next swim meet will be the Ma­landa Trop­i­cal Christ­mas Short Course Meet on the De­cem­ber 3.

Heath Dun­can in the But­ter­fly

Me­te­ors Coaches Nick Moore (To­bruk) and Ben Ea­gle (Moss­man)

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