Twin towns swimmers tear through to nationals
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THERE must be something in the water at the Boyne/Tannum Swimming Pool after two of the club's rising stars qualified for the National Age Titles in Brisbane.
Sixteen-year-old Andrew Cowan and 14-year-old clubmate Jake Simmons have been tearing through the water in impressive fashion so far this season.
Cowan has been one of the Gladstone area's best swimmers in recent years and has finally cracked a national time for the 16 years 50 metres freestyle.
He will be off to Brisbane for the titles after posting a time of 25.55 seconds.
Cowan is also rated a strong chance of qualifying for the 100 metres freestyle and backstroke double with his current times just 0.5 of a second outside the current qualifying time.
While the talented Simmons has also been in red-hot form and has qualified for three events.
Simmons will line up in the 14 years 100 metres freestyle and the backstroke double (100 and 200 metres). Boyne/Tannum Swim Club head coach Paul Rigney is rapt with the dynamic duo's form and believes they will only get faster before the titles in April.
'Andrew and Jake have been in great form this year and we are very pleased that they have qualified,' Rigney said.
'Both of them have been swimming very well and should be at their best when they get to Brisbane.'
Rigney also believes the pair's lead-up to the Nationals, which includes the Central Queensland and Capricornia High Schools titles, can only help their cause.
'The two local meets will serve as great preparation for the boys and as I said before should be ready to go for the nationals,' he said.
To have two swimmers going to the nationals is a great achievement for the small club and Rigney is hoping for more success this season after six age champions at the Gladstone Closed Championships.