A happy Boyne-Tannum Bullets Swimming Club team.
A happy Boyne-Tannum Bullets Swimming Club team. Contributed GLA190218BULLETS

Swimmers do their Gladstone clubs proud

SWIMMING: Queensland has a new state champion.

She is Sally Vagg who took out the 50-metre butterfly final in the 11-year-girls category at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Queensland Sprint Championships in Brisbane.

Sally completed the final in 31:27 seconds ahead of Evang Phillips and Teran Moanaroa.

The youngster also won a silver medal in the freestyle where she came second in 29:16 seconds.

"All the kids swum well lots of personal bests," Bullets' club spokesperson Natalie Gibbins said.

"The club is very proud of all their swimmers and their achievements over the weekend."

Gladstone Gladiators' coach Tom Fronek said his swimmers are on an upward curve with a number who have achieved personal-best times.

"They have shown they're hard for racing and focused on skills that they are working on at training," he said.

"The season is slowly coming to an end, but our young team is still on fire swimming personal-best times and still showing room for improvement."

Gladiators' Kane Martin made the final of the 12-year-boy's backstroke and finished 10th with a time of 34:53 seconds.

"There are two more events are on the calendar and I believe we will see some great races in the next five weeks," Fronek said.

Gladstone South Swimming Club's Caleb O'Mealley has qualified for the nationals in April after he starred in the 14-year boy's freestyle with a seventh place in the final.

He also was ninth in the final of the backstroke.

While they were not top-three places, Souths president Ryan Chinner said they were high finishes considering the amount of swimmers in each of the categories.

"It's amazing for us and they are great results because there are about between 80 to 120 swimmers in each category," he said.

"Caleb is still hoping to qualify in several other events in the CQ Championships in Rockhampton next month."

Others who featured prominently for the Souths club were Wade Harris (13th in 11-year-boy's breaststroke) and Kai Chinner, who was 20th in the same final.

"Our coach Adam Eiseman was very happy and he has worked on every aspect in the lead-up and preparations on the day," Chinner said.

Western Waves Swimming and Triathlon Club's Georgia Staines, Clara Furness, Tom Staines and Richard Furness all produced PB times across a variety of events.

Clara also made her first states final in which she finished 10th in the backstroke out of 110 swimmers.

"Massive shout out to coach Ryan McLoughlin for his eternal patience, commitment and dedication to our kids and his role. You should be super proud of your first season results," it said on the Waves' Facebook site.



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