New time eclipses Warrener
SCHOOLGIRL Dimity Brackin has created a stir in local swimming circles, breaking a 50m freestyle record set by nationally ranked sprinter Tegan Warrener.
The 12-year-old St Mary’s student set a new time of 30.96 seconds in the 50m girl’s freestyle at the Southern Downs Primary Schools swimming trials atWIRAC last week.
The new time eclipsed Warrener’s record of 31.5 set in 2005.
Southern Downs school sport swimming convenor Philip Willing said the year-seven student’s performance had been outstanding.
“Dimity has broken a record set by Tegan, whose freestyle achievements have earned her a current spot in Australia’s talent training squad for the London Olympics,” Mr Willing said.
“That really puts Dimity’s efforts into perspective.
“She has beaten a time set by one of the region’s most well-credentialed swimmers.”
Mr Willing said the primary schoolgirl was expected to be “extremely” competitive at the next level of school competition.
It was the second Warrener record broken at the Southern Downs trial. Breast-stroker Abbey Pout set a new time of 39.24s in the 12 years girls 50m.
Mr Willing said the competitive duo were among 30 local swimmers to qualify for the Darling Downs Primary School swimming trials in Gatton on March 3.