Whitsunday Masters Swim Team brings home the gold
THE Whitsunday Masters Swimming Club plundered the Queensland State Championships held in Townsville over the weekend, bringing home a trove of gold medals.
Ten Whitsunday Masters Swimmers headed north for the event, with club coaches Andrea Mitchell and Mark Erickson praising the club’s performance.
Both coaches said the swimmers really enjoyed the relays and were excited for the female relay team, which won a gold medal.
Glenn McKerley competed at his first Masters Swim Carnival and won medals for all his swims.
Glenn’s gold medal swim was in the 400m Breaststroke which he swam in 7.05. Annika Grunwald also won medals for all her swims.
Surprisingly for Annika, who loves swimming Breaststroke, her gold medal came from the 50m Backstroke.
The Whitsunday swimmers were delighted to catch up with Vick Stubbs and Margaret Cunningham.
Margaret Cunningham was a member of the Whitsunday Club for over 20 years and only recently has moved to Mackay.
Margaret is in great form and is still setting records, even in the 90 – 94 age group.
Vicki Stubbs flew from Darwin to compete with the Whitsunday team.
Kay Corskie and Rob McKay swam in the most competitive age groups of the Championships.
Kay enjoyed all her swims and was very happy with her medal win in the relays.
Rob Mc Kay took out a silver medal for his 100m Back, also achieving a personal best.
Freya Hill was the Whitsunday Swimmer of the Championships, winning most of the swims in her age group.
Her 400m Freestyle was outstanding in a time of 6.10, beating her PB by five seconds.
Freya also won the 400m Breaststroke, 200m IM and 50m Breaststroke.
Andrea Mitchell challenged herself with swimming her first 400m IM.
Andrea swam an impressive 400m IM and inspired her team mates.
Andrea won a bronze medal for her 400m Backstroke.
Di O’Donnell, Mark Erickson and Louis Neethling also swam extremely well in all their events.
Di O’Donnell swam an excellent 400m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly and won 5 medals over the weekend.
Louis competed very well in all his races and was very impressed with his Breaststroke times.
Mark won medals for all the events he swam in and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with team mates and his swim friends from clubs around Queensland.
All in all, the Whitsunday Masters Swim Club was very successful at the State Championships.
Swimmers are now training hard and looking forward to their own Whitsunday meet in April.
GOOD HAUL: Whitsunday Masters Swimmers Di O’Donnell and Andrea Mitchell with their medals.