Swimmers to bring home some extra medal weight

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

BOYNE/TANNUM star Jake Simmons and Gladiators member Hannah Curran will come home with extra baggage after another top day from local swimmers in the Queensland Open and Age Championships at Chandler Pool in Brisbane.

Both swimmers earned bronze medals after their Central Queensland relay teams finished third, taking the tally of medals won by Gladstone swimmers to eight.

Day five was a big day for the locals at Chandler, with a total of 14 swimmers from three clubs in action.

Apart from the medal winners, the standout performance came from Western Suburbs ace Sarah Lowe who qualified third fastest for last night's 15 years girls 100 metre butterfly final.

Lowe's personal best time of 1.04.96 was just 0.63 of a second slower than top qualifier Kylie Palmer.

Lowe also produced a big effort in the open women's 50 metre freestyle, coming 19th out of 92 swimmers.

Another local in a final tonight is Gladiators swimmer Xavier Player who lines-up in the open men's multi-disability 50 metre freestyle final.

Player finished fifth in his 100 butterfly final which he swam on Wednesday night.

In other news from yesterday, Clementine Lodder produced a personal best to finish 39th in the 14 years 100 freestyle, while she also finished 19th in the 200 backstroke.

Boyne-Tannum's Andrew Cowan was 47th in the open men's 50 freestyle, while his club-mate Matthew Stark finished 17th in the 14 years boys 100 freestyle.

Gladiators swimmers also had a good day, with Alex Kujapaa swimming a personal best time to finish 35th in the 13 years girls 100 butterfly.

Amy Quartermaine scored two top 20 finishes, while Jarryd Brown and Daniel Brown scored top 25 placings.

Other good performances came from Jessica Collins, Antoinette Hayes, Broughton McIntyre and Emily Quartermaine.

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