School's out and swimming in
SWIMMING: Some 1200 students appreciated time away from the classroom yesterday.
And it was an extra special day for the Blue Tyalan House team which went back-to-back in the annual Gladstone State High School Inter-House Carnival held at the Gladstone Gladiators Swimming Club.
Runner-up was Green Parnka and that was despite the best efforts of Jacinta Thefs who completed a clean sweep of wins across a range of disciplines.
She broke an eight-year record in the open girl's freestyle, one of six records that were smashed on the day.
"It's been a great competition and a lot of fun and I won all of my events," Jacinta said.
"Overall, everyone has been giving it a go and it's also all about participation."
Yellow Danala and Red Kougari were the third and fourth-placed teams.
Victorious house captain for the Tyalan team Leith Hammelswang may have finished second in the open breaststroke event, but was pleased his team came out on top.
"We also got a clean sweep last year," Leith said.
He used to swim competitively a few years ago, but has focussed on playing rugby league with Gladstone Valleys Diehards and rugby union for Gladstone Goats.
Josiah Orr was one of the shining lights for Yellow Danala and said he was shocked at the ease of his freestyle win.
"I didn't think that I would win by that far," Josiah, 12, said.
"It feels good to come first after I finished second in backstroke."
Harrison Tacey was crowned Year 12 Senior Champion and he won his breaststroke event.
The former Wests swimmer and Red Kougari representative hopes to return to the club where it all began when he was six.
"I was a bit nervous to be honest, but was surprised that I won by so much," Harrison said.
Co-ordinator Denise Marrable said two other swimmers broke records.
"Coby Richardson broke the breaststroke record for the 14 years and under and it stood since 2013, while Tia Crosisca broke two records," Marrable said.
"She broke the breaststroke record which stood since 2015 and freestyle which stood since 2014.
"Another highlight was the Gladstone Gift which is a swimming event based on handicap.
"Abbey Davis and Josh Jones were the winners."