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Gladstone swimmers haul in medals during relay events

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE MEDAL run continued for the Gladstone region swimmers on another top day of competition in the Queensland Open and Age Championships at Chandler Pool in Brisbane.

Representing CQ relay teams, Western Suburbs duo Sarah Lowe and Belinda Patterson-Kane won silver medals, while Gladiators swimmer Daniel Brown scored bronze.

Lowe and Patterson-Kane were part of the 16 years and under girls 200 metre medley team which was edged out by Wide Bay, while Brown's 16 years and under boys 200 medley team came third.

The medal wins take the tally won by Gladstone swimmers to six, a great effort in just four days of competition.

In finals action from Tuesday night, Gladiators star Corey Brown swam a personal best to finish ninth in the 14 years 200 backstroke final.

Club-mate Xavier Player was the other local to be part of the finals action, finishing fifth in the Men's open multi-disability 100 backstroke.

Player has had a good meet to date and earned a spot in last night's 400 metre freestyle final. In other news from yesterday, Amy Quartermaine and Melissa Hankinson from the Gladiators produced personal best swims.

Quartermaine's time of 2.47.49 in the 12 years girls 200 backstroke earned her 14th position, while Hankinson's form continued with a PB in the 13 years girls 200 free-style event.

Wests Clementine Lodder also scored a PB in the 14 years girls 200 freestyle to finish 29th, while Gladiators Jarryd Brown was 16th fastest in the 12 years boys 200 backstroke.

His 14-year-old brother Corey had a crack at the men's Open breaststroke, coming 39th.

Thomas Hayes finished 28th in the same event and younger sister Antoinette was 26th fastest in the 13 years girls 100 breaststroke.

Another highlight of the day for the Gladiators was getting a team photo with Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim who is using the championships as a comeback event.