Gladiators do Gladstone proud in battle of the pool
EIGHT Gladstone Gladiator Swim Club members recently competed in the Queensland McDonalds Short Course Swimming Championships in Brisbane.
Under head coach Tom Fronek, the young swimmers were well prepared and excited to put their hard work into practice in the first official competition of season 2016-17.
The highlight on the first night of competition was Frederica Tiboni's bronze medal in the 12-year girls 800m freestyle event, her first Queensland medal and secured by a 10.7second personal-best time.
The youngster broke personal-best times in all her nine events.
Jarrod Lee, 14, underlined his potential, placing in the state's top 10 in every multi-class event.
Eleven-year-olds Amy Jones and Bailey Somerville executed solid swims in the 50m backstroke and butterfly events while Alyssia Hampson broke PBs in two events: 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.
Joshua Jones, 13, finished off the meet with an exceptional swim in the 400m individual medley where he shaved nine seconds from his previous time.
Another great moment for the club was when Coby Richardson dropped his 200m individual medley personal-best time by more than seven seconds to secure bronze in the 12-year boys event.
Coby's 800m freestyle swim of 9.42.30 secured him a new central Queensland record for 12-year boys and broke the previous record by more than 18 seconds.
Luke Hampson showed he was not overawed in his first championships with strong performances in the 10-years boys 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke events.
"I must say our swimmers performed exceptionally well and they dominated the starts with good underwater technique and worked hard on their turns,” Fronek said.
"I was proud to watch our team in action and collecting their individual medals.
"The path is continuing now into the summer season where our team will focus on the Queensland Long Course Swimming Championships in December.”
Luke Hampson - 10 years boys: 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke;
Amy Jones - 11years girls: 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly;
Bailey Somerville - 11years boys: 50m backstroke , 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, top 10 in 50m butterfly;
Federica Tiboni - 12 years girls: 3rd place and bronze medal in 800m freestyle, 6th place 400m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and top 10 in 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle;
Alyssia Hampson - 12 years girls: 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke;
Coby Richardson - 12 years boys: 3rd place and bronze medal in 200m individual medley, 4th 400m individual medley, 5th 100m breaststroke, 6th 50m breaststroke, 7th 800m freestyle (and breaking the Central Queensland allcomers record for 12 years boys), 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle;
Joshua Jones - 13 years boys: 5th 800m freestyle, 8th 400m individual medley, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke;
Jarrod Lee - open multi-class, top 10 placings in every event: 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, 100m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly;