Ivan Van Zyl was smiles when he returned to training in Cannonvale last week after his success at the State Sprint Championships in Brisbane on February 5-6.
Ivan Van Zyl was smiles when he returned to training in Cannonvale last week after his success at the State Sprint Championships in Brisbane on February 5-6.

Swimmers take on the State

SWIMMING

FOUR swimmers from Whitsunday Swimming Club and the Cannonvale Cannons represented the region at the Queensland State Sprint Championships held in Brisbane on February 5-6.

Ivan Van Zyl was the regions best performer at the meet recording top 20 finishes in all three of his races.

Ivan set new personal best times (pbs) in his 50m backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle events in the 12 years division, ensuring his top 20 placings.

The 12-year-old said he was pleased with his results.

“I was heaps happy, mum was happy with me and [my coach] Mark was happy,” he said.

“To get heaps of pbs and then get in the top 20 for each swim was great.

“There were even a couple of Olympic swimmers there.”

Coach Mark Erickson said Ivan's results show his commitment to training in recent months has paid off.

“For him to make all three swims in the top 20 is a large improvement,” he said.

“It also gave him a bit of self belief in his swimming.

“It gave him the realisation that he can make nationals in the next couple of years.”

Whitsunday Swimming Club swimmers Natalie Milne and Howard and Grace McDonald also had a great meet, each setting best times in some of their events.

Coach Haylee Reddaway said she was impressed with her swimmers results.

“It was a great opportunity for them to compete against the best in the country,” she said.

“They handled the pressure well and I thought they did really well.”


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