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WITH an af­ter­noon start time of 1pm on Fe­bru­ary 4, the Cairns Stingrays Sprint Qual­i­fier Meet at the Woree Bi­cen­ten­nial Pool ran late into the night fin­ish­ing at around 9pm a cou­ple of hours af­ter most swim­mers are in bed.

The Me­te­ors had nine young swim­mers from their Dou­glas branch com­pete through­out the af­ter­noon and in to the night, com­plet­ing a to­tal of 46 swims be­tween them .... plus two lots of team re­lays to top it off - not a bad ef­fort for kids that only range in age from 5-13 years old. Re­mem­ber that swim­ming is a sport where you train for hours a week to com­pete in a some­times 30sec race so even a 1sec PB is cel­e­brated.

In­di­vid­ual re­sults are as fol­lows :

Audrey Gaske (10yrs) swam in 7 events and gained new PB’s in her 50m Breast­stroke, 50m Back­stroke and a mas­sive 14sec PB in the 100m Breast­stroke earn­ing her a 4th place. Audrey also gained 4th plac­ings in her 50m Back­stroke and 100m Back­stroke.

Sophia Cruz (11yrs) com­peted in 6 events and swam new PB’s in her 50m Free, 100m Breast, 50m Breast and a huge 6sec PB in the 100m Free to end the night with a bang.

Heath Duncan (13yrs) swim­ming in 8 events took vi­tal sec­onds off his PB’s in the 50m Free, 50m Back, 100m Free and smashed 6secs off in the 100m Back­stroke. Heath also earned him­self a 2nd place medal and new PB in the 100m Breast and a 3rd place medal and new PB in the 50m Breast. Some great swims by Heath!

Grace Jones (11yrs) com­peted in 7 events and shaved sec­onds off her PB’s in the 50m Free, 50m Back, 50m Fly, 100m Back and 100m Free. She also took a huge 7secs off a PB she set only two weeks ago, in the 100m Breast­stroke to fin­ish a great day of swim­ming.

Au­gust Gaske (11yrs) swam in 8 events tak­ing new PB’s in the 200m In­di­vid­ual Med­ley, 50m Free, 50m Back and 50m Breast­stroke events. Gus also swam a new PB and earned a 3rd place medal in his 100m Breast­stroke and also swam an epic race to take out a 2nd place medal in the 100m Back­stroke. Great re­sults for Gus!

Sasha Cruz (8yrs) com­peted for the first time in the 25m Back­stroke gain­ing a new time on the board and also swam a new PB in the 25m Free event.

Rosa Cruz (8yrs) also com­pet­ing for the first time in the 50m Breast­stroke get­ting a time on the board for that one, and set her­self a new PB in the 50m Freestyle also.

Tas­myn Clu­nie (7yrs) had an­other great swim meet, swim­ming two new PB’s in the 25m Free and 25m Breast and also earn­ing her­self two 2nd places in the 8yrs & Un­der age group for 25m Back­stroke and 25m Freestyle. Well done Taz!

Cooper Jones (5yrs) swim­ming against the 8yrs & Un­der age group swam two new PB’s in the 25m Free and 25m Back­stroke and also com­peted for his sec­ond time in the 25m Breast­stroke.

The Me­te­ors will com­pete in the sec­ond last com­pe­ti­tion on Fe­bru­ary 25 in Tully be­fore the FNQ Re­gional Cham­pi­onships at To­bruk Pool on March 4-5 which will end the 2016-17 com­pe­ti­tions.

Moss­man Me­te­ors: Sophia, Audrey, Grace, Au­gust, Heath, Cooper, Sasha, Rosa and Tas­myn with Coach Ben Ea­gle.

Au­gust Gaske in the 50m Fly

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