Students swim well at Regional Swimming Carnival

GCC were represented by six students at the Sunshine Coast Regional Swimming Championships held recently in Redcliffe.

Chloe Turnbull,  Dalton Loveday and Torin Dunford were our Primary representatives and Indiah Loveday, Jaymes Roser and Joshua Collins were our 13 – 19 year swimmers. Competition at this carnival is always very tough with just four or five competitors qualifying for the State Championships in each event.

Chloe Turnbull swam really well and swam PBs in every race that she competed in. Her times were well under state qualifying time for all her events but unfortunately missed out on being selected as she finished just outside of the top five. Chloe placed 6th in 100 back and 8th in 100 free. In both these races her times were less than half a second behind 5th place. She trains really hard and is determined to focus on qualifying for States Champs next year. Chloe also swam in the 50m Fly, Back, Breast and Free.

Dalton Loveday was competing at his first Sunshine Coast School Carnival and swam 50m back, free and breast. He swam a personal best time in his 50 free and his best placing was 13th overall in 50 breaststroke.

Grace Pearson also swam the 50m Butterfly and was very proud to represent the Glasshouse District at this level. She finished 15th overall and smashed her District and personal best time by five seconds!

Torin Dunford was excited to compete at his first Sunshine Coast Regional School Sport Carnival in the multi-class events. He swam 50m Fly, Back, Breast and Free against all 10–12 year olds in this division. Torin won his Free, Back and Breaststoke and swam 2- 4 second PBs in each race. He is awaiting classification which will determine if he gets to swim at the State Championships later in the year.

Indiah Loveday swam a PB and finished 7th overall in her 50m Backstoke but was unfortunately disqualified due to her foot slipping at the start of the race. She also swam a 50 Free PB to finish 13th overall.

Jaymes Roser and Josh Collins had fantastic swims against such tough opposition and are both excited to have qualified for the State Championships. Jaymes qualified in the 13 year boys 50m Breast and Freestyle events and the 100m Freestyle. Josh qualified in the 15 year boys 50m Breast and Freestyle as well. Both boys will swim for the Sunshine Coast in the 200m Freestyle and Medley relays in their age groups.

Wendy Stott

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