Swimmers steel themselves for state titles competition
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
EXPERIENCED Western Suburbs coach John Dahl is busy finishing off his swimmers preparation's for January's state titles in Brisbane.
Dahl has Adam Eiseman, Sarah Lowe, Clementine Lodder, Kayla Bray, Belinda Patterson-Kane and Nikita Johnson undertaking 12 sessions a week to ready them for the event.
The sensational six are in good form at the moment and Dahl is hopeful of some strong results.
"There will be plenty of quality at the meet and we are hopeful all of the swimmers can qualify for the finals which would be a great achievement,'' Dahl said.
Eiseman faces a big battle as he jumps into open age competition against the likes of Geoff Huegill and Grant Hackett, but his coach believes he can perform well.
"Adam is going to have to swim well, but I think he is capable of doing his best times. "Then he will be competitive,'' he said.
Fourteen-year-olds Lowe, Johnson and Patterson-Kane are all rated as strong chances, but will also face the obstacle of each other during the competition.
Dahl is unconcerned and confident the trio can do well. "We have three of the best swimmers for their age group in Central Queensland ? so they are used to each other and if they all swim well they should feature in the finals,'' he said.
Wests are also excited because the three, along with Kayla Bray, are going to team up in the 14year-old relay ? the first time ever the club have had a relay team at the titles.