Swim season kicks off for local clubs
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.