Wests' best aiming higher at state titles
SWIMMING: Six of Wests' best will travel to Brisbane in two weeks to test the waters against some of Queensland's finest swimmers.
Clara Furness, Charlotte Spearing, Sam Spearing, Felix Sykes, Tom Staines and Georgia Staines will compete at the 2018 Queensland Sprint Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre in Chandler on February 17-18.
All six swimmers competed at the recent Harbour City Swim Meet and swam times fast enough to qualify for states.
The format is sprint only, held over 50 metres with the long-course titles set to be held in December.
However, only five of the six swimmers will compete at the sprint meet with eight-year-old Sam 'Sambo' Spearing too young to participate, instead just going down for the experience.
The pocket dynamo is fast enough to swim at the titles but will have to wait another 12 months to get his opportunity.
For the swimmers who have swum states before, the Chandler pool is often referred to as a 'fast' pool, which can help swimmers break their personal best times.
Tom will be going to his fourth state titles and said the arena gives swimmers a buzz.
"There's two sides of the stadium and it's just packed with people,” he said.
"When you get on the blocks you can see where your club is and they're all cheering on for you - the adrenaline just goes woooo!”
Charlotte is attending her first state titles and is hoping to grab the opportunity with both hands.
"I've never been to states before and I'm aiming for some PBs and certain times,” she said.
"My strongest stroke is probably butterfly but I didn't actually make it... I was three milliseconds off, I sort of slipped off the blocks (during qualifying).
"I like breaststroke because it's a lot easier to pace your breathing.”