Gladstone’s swim stars in Adelaide
HIGH hopes are held for three Gladstone Gladiator swimmers during the 2016 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide,
Lachlan Pacheco, Jarrod Lee and Olympic hopeful Jack Ireland will swim in Adelaide this Monday to contest in a variety of events until the following Monday.
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"I hope to get some personal best times and to improve my rankings," Lachlan said.
The teenager will swim in the 100-metre butterfly and 50-metre freestyle disciplines.
Coach Tom Fronek has been keeping the trio firmly focused toward what will be a demanding championship.
"I have been training well under Tom and have just been concentrating on power where I have been using a weights machine," Lachlan said.
It will be a third nationals for Jarrod who will specialise in the 50-metre and 400-metre freestyle.
"Hopefully I'll set a new PB and beat the national PB time," Jarrod added.
While he enjoys Wednesday's off as a free day, Jarrod juggles school and swimming.
"I sometimes train in the pool before school and after school," Jarrod said.
It's busy times for Jack, who said that he has a pole in the house to accommodate the medals that he continues to win in various competitions.
He will be plying his trade in the 200-metre freestyle, 100-metre backstroke and 200-metre individual medley.
Fronek said continual improvement is what he wants to see in the talented trio in the City of Churches.
"I am expecting them to do their best because they have done all the preparations...it is a new experience and territory," Fronek said.
"Medals are a bonus, but what we are looking for are good times."
LACHLAN PACHECO: 100 butterfly; 50 freestyle
JARROD LEE: 50 and 400 freestyle
JACK IRELAND: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 IM