STARS: Most of the Gladiators who swam in Rockhampton.
STARS: Most of the Gladiators who swam in Rockhampton. Contributed GLA191017GLADIATORS

Gladstone Gladiators swim club has massive season ahead

SWIMMING: On the back of the Western Waves' athletes outstanding efforts at the Beef City Carnival, a number from the Gladstone Gladiators fared just as well.

In the first meet of the Central Queensland swimming season, Gladiators had sent 27 swimmers.

The Age Champions went to Coby Richardson and Reagan Copsey in the 13-years and 8-years categories respectively.

Gladiators head coach Tom Fronek said he was pleasantly surprised with the results.

"There were some great surprises from our young team and a number of swimmers were stepping up to collect medals or improve their ranking,” Fronek said.

"The season is now continuing with long-course racing and we are confident that our team is now ready to achieve their future goals.”

Jarrod Lee and Camille Bebendorf were runner-up age champions in their respective Male 16-year and Female 10-years classes.

Fronek said his swimmers will benefit from the first meet of the season.

"Our older squads attended to practice their racing skills in a meet environment and our younger squads were there to race hard for times,” he said.

"All of our swimmers focused closely on their task and achieved what they came to do.”

Meanwhile Gladiators have their second Club League Meet today from 5.30- 8pm and events include 1500m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, 100m Fly, 50m Backstroke, 25m Backstroke and 25m Freestyle.

The three Club League teams Magic Marlins, Blistering Barracudas and Great White Sharks accumulate points throughout seven club meets and aim to be crowned the Club League champions title at the end of the season.

The Queensland Open Water Championships is also on tomorrow with Coby and Paris Richardson to compete.

Coby will swim in the 2.5km and 1.25km distances while Paris will tackle the 2.5km distance.

Gladiators will also host the Liquid Energy Meet next Saturday.

If any new members are interested in joining in a club meet please contact Fronek on 0407 577 882.



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