FAB FIVE: Standing are Stephanie Elliott, Rhiannon Copsey and Clara Furness. Kane Martin and Federica Tiboni are in front.
FAB FIVE: Standing are Stephanie Elliott, Rhiannon Copsey and Clara Furness. Kane Martin and Federica Tiboni are in front. Rebecca Devine GLA121218MACCA

Gladstone contingent keen to maintain form at states champs

SWIMMING: In the final major meet for 2018, five Gladstone Gladiators have qualified for and will be attend the 2018 McDonalds Queensland Championships in Brisbane from tomorrow to next Friday.

Gladiators' head coach Tom Fronek is extremely proud of this team for the effort they have put in to qualify.

Coach Tom Fronek speaks with Terry Fellows who is assistant coach at the Gladiators.
Coach Tom Fronek speaks with Terry Fellows who is assistant coach at the Gladiators. Mike Richards GLA180118SWIM

The five swimmers are Stephanie Elliott, Rhiannon Copsey, Clara Furness, Kane Martin and Federica Tiboni.

"Preparation has been hard and the swimmers have been focused on their tasks and they have all worked hard to achieve the required times," Fronek said.

"The qualifying times are tough and it is a great achievement just to qualify for this event.

"This will be the pinnacle event for our swimmers for this half of the season and wrap up 2018, but 2019 will also bring on a number of exciting events."

It will be her first state championship for Rhiannon Copsey, who has qualified for the 800m freestyle event.

"I am looking to get a personal best at this meet," she said.

The promising swimmer has noted that tactics hold true in the middle-distance discipline.

"My strategy will be to go out hard at the start, find my rhythm through the middle of the race and then bring home the last 200m really strong," Rhiannon said.

Fronek is excited at the prospects of the strength of his upcoming team for future years with two more swimmers who have already made qualifying times.

They are still too young to attend this meet and will need to wait for next year and another few who are just outside qualifying times, but show great potential.

"This is a really exciting time for our club and I can't wait to see how far they can go," Fronek said.

The next major carnival will be the Gladiators-hosted McDonalds Harbour City Swim Meet on January 25-27.



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