Gladiators set to dive into arena
GLADSTONE Gladiators Swimming Club members Alex Williams, Joseph Richards, Andrew McLean and Hayley Quartermaine will represent the club at the Queensland Short Course Championships this weekend.
The trials go towards selection in the State team and the championship is the first serious swim meet for the season.
Williams will compete in 13 events, including the 50m backstroke and 200m individual medley in the open class.
“It’s always interesting to see where everyone’s at,” he said.
Although this is the first major carnival for the 2010-11 season, Williams has his sights set on times which can be chased as the year unfolds.
“I try and replicate the times I achieve in the long course by season’s end,” Williams said.
Richards, 16, and McLean, 14, will each swim in six events, as will 15-year-old Quartermaine.
McLean is hoping to top his personal best time of 28.63 in his pet event, the 50m butterfly.
“Training has been eight times a week, and it’s the first chance to see if we’ve improved from last year,” he said.
Currently ranked 19th in his 50m butterfly class in the Australia, McLean wants to surge up the rankings.
Sitting 10th in the 100m backstroke, Richards knows there’s little between where he is and where he wants to be.
“I’m hoping to push up to first and I’ll be trying to get as close as I can this weekend,” he said.
Gladstone coach Caroline Hayes expects the quartet to perform admirably at the championships.
“The way they’ve been training they should go well,” Hayes said.