GALLERY: Records tumble at Assumption swimming carnival
AS A young swimmer Caitlin Skaines admired Dimity Brackin.
Brackin was a natural talent who regularly set records when she entered the pool.
So, it was doubly sweet when 16-year-old Skaines smashed three of those records at the Assumption College swimming carnival yesterday.
"I've always looked up to her, always wanted to be like her,” Skaines said.
"When I was little Dimity was the older girl in our squad and I remember thinking, 'Oh my god, I want to be like Dimity one day,'”
Skaines shaved about 1.5 seconds off Brackin's 50m freestyle record, about 2.5 seconds off her 50m breaststroke record and 0.7 seconds off her 50m backstroke record.
She also set new Assumption College records in the 50m Butterfly (20.80seconds) and the 100m freestyle.
The wins come off the back of a solid performance at the Darling Downs Regional Swimming Association Country Championships, where Skaines picked up the age champion title.
They also put her in a prime position ahead of the State Championships in few weeks.
Despite training up to seven times a week and out-shining her rivals in the pool Skaines has her eyes set on a different sport.
She'll head to netball trials for the Darling Downs Panthers tomorrow and later hopes to make it into the Queensland team.
Her goal is to play professional netball.
"It is a hard sport and very physical,” Skaines said.