Western Suburbs put in strong effort
WESTERN Suburbs Swimming Club members continued preparations for their October 1 club meet with a strong showing at the Biloela Annual Short Course Swim Meet last Saturday.
Led by 14-year-old dynamos Sarah Lowe and Clementine Lodder, Western Suburbs' 18 swimmers was the fifth highest club representation at the meet which drew 143 competitors.
Lowe blasted her opponents out of the water, winning all four of her age swims convincingly and finishing third in the open 100m Dash for Cash event.
Lowe also touched the wall in second spot behind state medallist Megan Clements of Rockhampton in the women's open 50m freestyle event, edging out another state medallist, Emily Hinz, in the process. Those performances were enough to secure Lowe the age championship ahead of Lodder who came second overall after taking out second spot in the 14years 50m backstroke, freestyle and butterfly events.
Younger sister Matilda Lodder also bagged three medals (gold, silver, bronze) to finish runnerup in the eight-years girls' age championship.
Her twin sister Edwina swam a number of personal best times and looks ready to break into the medal-winners' circle soon. Also impressive was Belinda Patterson-Kane who claimed four bronze medals in the 15-and-over age division while Keiran Meirs scored a second placing and three thirds to finish runner-up in the 13 years boys' age championship.
Ryan Lynch won a 12 years boys breaststroke gold medal while his younger sister Chelsea, 10, won four bronze medals.
Kieran Bray, 11, won silver in the 100m boys breaststroke and produced a number of personal best times as did Jeffrey Patterson-Kane, 13, who took seven seconds off his previous best 200m freestyle time.
Others to swim personal best times were Kayla Bray, Luke Frewen-Lord, Kaitlin Barnham, Carl Miers, Dean Frewen-Lord, Sarah Baade, Shannah Miers and Sarah Barnham.