Masters scoop medal pool

Swim­mers star at states, club records tum­ble

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - By Rory Sheav­ils

SWIM­MING: Whit­sun­days masters swim­mers starred with a se­ries of medal­win­ning per­for­mances at the MSQ State Long Course Cham­pi­onships on the Gold Coast at the week­end.

Four swim­mers from the Whit­sun­days club took part in the event at the Mi­ami pool which at­tracted 135 masters swim­mers from around the state.

Glen McKer­ley led the way for the club with three gold medals, a sil­ver and a bronze.

McKer­ley struck gold in the 1500m freestyle, fin­ish­ing in 23 min­utes 14 sec­onds. He then won the 400m breast­stroke (7.07) and the 200m breast­stroke (3.20.85).

Annika Grun­wald grabbed six bronze medals from six starts, in­clud­ing in the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley where she slashed 47 sec­onds off her pre­vi­ous per­sonal best.

An­drea Mitchell and Di O’Don­nell were also among the medals.

Mitchell claimed gold in the 400m IM, fin­ish­ing in 8.26.34.

O’Don­nell pro­duced a num­ber of per­sonal bests and won bronze in the 100m but­ter­fly (2.04.30).

Back on home turf, the Can­non­vale Can­nons hosted their club cham­pi­onships with 47 swim­mers, from six to 16 years of age, lin­ing up on the blocks.

Com­pe­ti­tion was close in the 10 and 11-year-old age divi­sions.

Ja­cob Dewis, 10, Mae Car- ter-Attwood, 8, and Ellsie Hin­ton, 7, all wrote their names into the his­tory books with new club records.

Ja­cob claimed the 50m freestyle ti­tle, while Mae and Ellsie put paid to the 25m freestyle records.

The cham­pi­onships also saw 15 upgrade cer­tifi­cates earned, awarded on Club Night. Th­ese were pre­sented to swim­mers who achieved times to swim up to the next dis­tance.

Emma Smith, Ky Parkin­son, Kiarni Hin­ton and Keiran McGoldrick won blocks of choco­lates for times clos­est to per­sonal bests.

Emma man­aged the best PB, storm­ing home in 44.4 sec­onds in the 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.


MAS­TER BLASTERS: Whit­sun­days rep­re­sen­ta­tives Annika Grun­wald, Glenn McKer­ley, coach An­drea Mitchell and Di O'Don­nell.

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