Fairymead takes Harbour City swim meeting crown
POWERHOUSE Bundaberg club Fairymead finished two days of top competition with what they came for, the 2006 Harbour City Swim Meet crown.
Led by leading lights Brooke Taylor, Jake Hobbins and Jessica Hobbin, the Rum City-based club finished the two-day meet at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre on 438 points.
That tally was 29 points clear of Fairymead's nearest rivals, CQU Rocky City, who finished second on 409.
Host club Gladstone Gladiators led the local charge, finishing in third spot on 371 points.
The Quartermaine sisters Amy and Hayley were the Gladiators' best performers, winning the 12 and 10 years' girls age champions respectively.
Jarryd Brown was the best of the boys, finishing runner-up on a countback behind CQU star Todd Russell in the 12 years age group.
Fellow Gladstone district club Boyne/Tannum had a excellent weekend and could be wellpleased with their fifth place finish.
In-form pair Matt Stark and Jake Simmons responded to the competition and finished the weekend with age titles.
Led by an awesome display from their superstar Sarah Lowe, Western Suburbs completed their campaign in sixth spot.
Lowe was simply unstoppable in the 15 years age group, with her haul of 42 points up there with the best by any swimmer.
Promising youngster Matilda Lodder backed up her older club-mate, finishing runner-up in the 8 years girls age group. Meanwhile, Gladstone South also featured in the action, with the small club finishing their week in 18th position.
Lucy Boneham was South's leading swimmer.
In the relay events, Gladiators tasted success with the team of Amy Quartermaine, Antoinette Hayes, Hannah Curran and Alex Kujanpaa winning the 13 years and under 4 x 50 metre freestyle relay and backing up to win the Open relay.
There was also good news for the team which made the longest trek to the meet Barcaldine, who won the 10 years and under relay making their 1400km round-trip worthwhile.
Former Gladstone swimmer Adam Eiseman won the Collex Sprint Challenge men's event for CQU Rocky City, while Caribeae's Emily Hinz took out the women's event.