Gladiators make the most of home-pool advantage
GLADSTONE Gladiators swimmers made the most of competing in familiar surrounds to top the club pointscore tally at the Har-bour City Swim Meet which finished yesterday.
While the club, as host, rules itself out of contention for the highpoint trophies, club members and head coach Caroline Hayes were thrilled with the effort to outscore rivals and last year's champion club, Rockhampton's Caribeae.
The Gladiators finished with 509 points to Caribeae's 505 in a thrilling race to overall honours with Bundaberg's Fairymead a distant third on 321.
Of the other Gladstone district clubs, Boyne/Tannum (259) and Western Suburbs (239) performed strongly to finish fourth and fifth overall while Gladstone South (77) was 10th.
The district also provided seven age champions ? four in women's competition and three in men's.
Boyne/Tannum's Hayley Quartermaine (nine years), Gladstone's Antoinette Hayes (12 years), Western Suburbs' Sarah Lowe (14 years) and Gladstone South's Lucy Boneham (swimmers with a disability) all claimed women's age championships.
Gladiators pair Jarryd Brown (11 years) and Matt Strike (13 years) claimed men's age champi-onships as did Boyne/Tannum's Jake Simmons (14 years).
Hayes and Brown were impressive in accumulating 50 points in their respective age groups, a total surpassed only by outstanding Caribeae swimmer Emily Hinz from Rockhampton who posted 60 in open women's competition after racking up 42 in 15 year's women's events.
Caribeae swimmers took home the lion's share of the prizemoney from the open 50m sprint Dash for Cash events, perhaps the most exciting events on the program, with Hinz (28.70s) and Mace Robinson (25.64s) taking the women's and men's honours respectively. Gladstone teams took out the women's and men's under-13 4x50m freestyle relay events in times of 2:07.47 and 2:06.89 respectively while Western Suburbs secured the men's open 4x50m event in 1:49.55.