Swim sea­son kicks off for lo­cal clubs

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE first swim meet of the sea­son was held at Townsville last week­end for young swim squad mem­bers of the Cannonvale Can­nons and Whit­sun­day Swim Clubs.

With a team of 21 swim­mers in at­ten­dance at the two-day car­ni­val at Townsville Gar­dens Swim Com­plex, the re­gion made up a large con­tin­gent of the meet which shows the ever grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the sport in the Whit­sun­days.

De­spite the late ad­just­ments and im­pact on the train­ing sched­ule in the week lead­ing up to the com­pe­ti­tion with the Proser­pine Pool un­avail­able, there were huge im­prove­ments in times and tech­niques which showed the cold win­ter train­ing pay­ing off for most.

Young guns Ali Ro­manella, Kieran McGoldrick and Max Vrind led the way as well as new­comer Bernie Laverty.

Per­sonal bests were blown away by the lower and mid stream tiers of Evan Mitchell and Kasey Ho­gan as well as the ef­forts of Ivan Van Zyl, Char­lotte Mitchell and Emma Ho­gan, who achieved Queens­land short course times to at­tend in Bris­bane late Au­gust.

The com­pe­ti­tion was a good lead in to the sea­son and coaches Ken Crit­ten­den and Mark Erik­son had the op­por­tu­nity to iron out stroke creases, dive tech­niques, tum­bles and turns to gain those ex­tra cen­time­tres. Both clubs thanked the time keep­ing par­ents who helped out on both days.

SWIM SEA­SON: The Cannonvale Can­nons com­peted in the first swim meet of the sea­son at Townsville last week­end. Back: Ken Crit­ten­den, Emma Ho­gan, Natalie Milne, Ivan Van Zyl, Bernie Laverty, Char­lotte Mitchell, Stephanie McGoldrick, Mark Erik­son. Mid­dle: Kelsey Gemp­ton, Olivia Ro­manella, Tahlia Neil, Mat­tie McGoldrick, Han­nah Crit­ten­den, Sarah Milne. Front: Max Vrind, Jack­man Ro­manella, Ali Ro­manella, Hay­den Ro­manella, Daisy Neil, Evan Mitchell, Kieran McGoldrick, Kasey Ho­gan.

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