Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

SEVEN young swim­mers from the Me­te­ors (Moss­man) trav­elled to Tully for the Mean Green’s first club hosted car­ni­val in 10 years.

True to Tully weather, the rain came down as the com­pe­ti­tion kicked off at 1pm — not that it mat­tered much in an aquatic sport.

Emily Donoghue (12yrs) com­peted in six events in­clud­ing four new events, the 50m Back, 100m Back, 100m Breast and 100m Free, gain­ing new times on the board for all of them. Emily also swam the 50m Free with an awe­some 7sec PB and the 50m Breast for a 3sec PB.

Tom Gall (11yrs) swam in seven events, in­clud­ing for the first time, the gru­elling 200m In­di­vid­ual Med­ley. Tom gained a new time to work on for that one and also came away with vi­tal sec­onds off and new PB’s in his 50m Free, 50m Back and 100m Back swims.

Ash­ton Heise (10yrs) com­peted in four events over the af­ter­noon, the 50m Back, 50m Breast and earned him­self a new PB in the 50m Free and an im­pres­sive 5sec PB in the last event of the night, the 100m Freestyle.

Grace Jones (11yrs) took on a to­tal of eight events in all, in- clud­ing for the first time at a swim meet, the 200m In­di­vid­ual Med­ley. Swim­ming sideby-side with team mate Alyssa, they fin­ished within 1/2 sec of each other in the freestyle sprint to the fin­ish. Grace also shaved sec­onds off her PB’s in the 50m Back, 100m Back, 50m Breast and 100m Freestyle swims.

Alyssa Heise (12yrs) swam in seven events over the course of the day in­clud­ing two new events, the 100m Back­stroke and the 200m In­di­vid­ual Med­ley for times on the board to work to bet­ter at the next meet.

Bob Gall (8yrs) over­came his stage fright of ear­lier in the meet to com­plete the Boys 8yrs & Un­der, 25m Breast­stroke event. Swim­ming this stroke for the first time in a com­pe­ti­tion, Bob placed 7th over­all and en­joyed the swim!

Cooper Jones (5yrs) swim­ming against the un­der 8’s, com­peted in three events, the 25m Free, 25m Back and 25m Breast. Cooper placed 4th in the Free, 6th in the Back and 8th Breast­stroke - not a bad ef­fort for the young swim­mer!

This week­end sees the cul­mi­na­tion of the 2016-17 FNQ swim sea­son with the Re­gional Cham­pi­onships be­ing held at the To­bruk Me­mo­rial Pool on March 4-5.

Spec­ta­tors are more than wel­come to at­tend and cheer on their lo­cal pur­ple-capped Me­te­ors swim­mers.

Cooper Jones (pur­ple cap) pre­pares to dive in for the 25m Freestyle event

Emily Dono­hue, Alyssa Heise and Grace Jones

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