Best of the West to be facing the Brisbane test
SWIMMING: Five athletes from the Wests Swimming Club have been chosen to compete in one of the major swimming titles on the Queensland swimming calendar.
Stephanie Elliott, Hannah Ryan, Clara Furness, Caleb O'Mealley and Charlie Elliott will swim in the 2016 Queensland State Long Course Championships on Saturday, December 10 in Brisbane.
The championships runs an Olympic program and is also one of the fastest state titles to qualify for in Australia.
Hannah, 13, will swim in her third state titles and said she is ready to make an impact.
"In my first states, I did not find what I liked and last year it was the relay,” Hannah said.
"But in this states, I will be in the 100 and 400-metre individual medley (IM), and 200-metre freestyle.
"I am hoping to get a personal best time 0f 1min 2sec or lower in the 100 IM.
Hannah added she is happy how she is "hitting the water” and is stronger.
Clara, also 13, said she hopes her sacrifices she makes by training before and after school will pay off in Brisbane.
Coach Adam Eiseman has been a great mentor for Clara who added she prefers the longer distances.
"Adam is hard but fair and I have been focussing on distances between 100 and 800-metres, but my pet event is the 100-metre backstroke,” Clara said.
She will swim in six events, three more than in last years states.
Eiseman said it has been a hard five months of training for his group.
"We started back in June and were doing about seven or eight sessions a week where it has been a mixture of swimming and lane work,” Eiseman said.
"The criteria for the swimmers was to meet the Queensland Swimming qualifying times and as soon as they met them, then they get into the state titles.
"Clara and Hannah should come close to national times and hopefully they can step up and achieve these goals.”
Meanwhile four swimmers from the Gladstone Gladiators have qualified for Brisbane.
They have actually qualified for more events however they chose to do fewer to produce quality times in their pet events.
Multi-class swimmer Jarrod Lee, 14, headlines the names where he will compete in the 50-metre freestyle, 100-metre freestyle, 100-metre butterfly, 100-metre breaststroke, 100-metre backstroke, 200-metre freestyle, 200-metre IM and 400-metre freestyle.
Thirteen-year-old Joshua Jones will swim in 10 disciplines and these are the 100-metre freestyle, 100-metre butterfly, 100-metre backstroke, 200-metre freestyle, 200-metre backstroke, 200-metre IM, 400-metre IM, 400-metre freestyle, 800-metre freestyle and the 1500-metre freestyle.
Frederica Tiboni will swim in the 100-metre freestyle and backstroke.
The 13-year-old will also do the 200-metre freestyle, 200-metre IM, 400-metre freestyle and the 800-metre freestyle.
Coby Richardson, also 13, makes up the last of the Gladiator quartet.
He will compete in the 100-metre freestyle, 100-metre breaststroke, 200-metre breaststroke, 200-metre IM, 400-metre IM and 800-metre freestyle.