Whit­sun­day Masters Swim Team brings home the gold

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

SWIM­MING

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.

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