Locals impress at masters swim meet
MORE than 40 masters swimmers competed at the Proserpine Pool on Saturday in the Whitsunday masters long course swim meet.
Swimmers came from as far south as Brisbane, Rockhampton and Mackay as well as visitors from Townsville and Bowen.
This year, the Whitsunday club put in a top effort for total points but were narrowly beaten by Long Tan Legends. The overall winners were the Caribeae Masters Swim Club from Rockhampton. The Tropical Challenge Trophy was awarded to Ahlanna Hayes from Townsville who swam fantastic 100m freestyle in 1.06.80 (just 0.2 seconds off her nominated time).
Newcomer Bernard Laverty swam extremely well in his first masters carnival, winning all his events and he won a gold medal for his efforts.
Nicole Murphy also did well in her first swim meet with her best swims for the carnival the 50m freestyle in 41.5sec and her 200m freestyle in 3.39. Nicole received a silver medal for her 30-34 years age group.
Another new member, Reid Anderson came first in the 100m breaststroke and third in the 50m breaststroke, winning a medal for his age group.
In between organising all the catering, Julie Mitchell still managed to swim well, including a 57.6seconds for her 50m breaststroke and a 50m butterfly in 1.01.
Louis Neethling beat team-mate Andrea Mitchell by 3.3 sec in the 50m backstroke but in the 100m breaststroke Mitchell was determined to beath Neethling but just missed out by 0.08seconds. Mitchell achieved first place in his 100m backstroke, 200m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke and swam a fantastic 50m backstroke in a time of 43.79.
Cheryl West was chuffed by her 100m backstroke time, finishing third and achieving second place in her age group in the 50m breaststroke.
Freya Hill swam an awesome 200m IM (individual medley) in 3.20 and had some close tussles with her sister Jenni.
Freya won by two seconds in both races against her sister and won a gold medal for first place in her age group.
Rob McKay won the 200m freestyle in 3.48 for his age group and was third in 50m freestyle. All of his swims were in the top three placings for his age group.
Kay Corksie won all her events including the 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke. Mark Erickson and Raylene Rasmussen both won gold for their age group with Erickson enjoying his 200m IM and 100m breaststroke.
Club president Bob Corskie thanked all the club members, officials and volunteers for all their assistance and support.
On Sunday morning, the club hosted a swim clinic and core strength workshop with coach Mark Erickson facilitating a training session on swimming efficiently. Personal trainer Adam Baulch from Viking Fitness held a session highlighting the benefits of core strength activities.