Samantha McMahon after a 50m breaststroke win at the St Mary’s School carnival at WIRAC yesterday.
Samantha McMahon after a 50m breaststroke win at the St Mary’s School carnival at WIRAC yesterday. Gerard Walsh

Rising youngster sets sights high

SAMANTHA McMahon may have won her second successive swimming age championship at St Mary's, but she has some unfinished business.

"I want to make a Darling Downs team," Samantha said.

After being runner-up for her first two years of school swimming, Samantha won her first age championship last year.

She joined the Warwick Swimming Club in 2009 and trains twice a week, one morning and one afternoon session of 1.5km.

Samantha competes in all strokes at club meetings and the medley.

Breaststroke might be her least favoured stroke, but she still won her event yesterday over 50m.

Next year, she will go into Year 8 at Assumption College and another year in her swimming career.

"Freestyle is my best event and my times are improving all the time. The aim is to swim for Darling Downs in freestyle," she said.

"Swimming keeps me fit and I look forward to training."

Two families had double cause for celebration yesterday with Jack Pike winning an age championship and his sister Gabby a runner-up trophy in 10 years.

Luke Hauff was nine years boys champion and his sister Millie runner-up in 12 years.

There were two ties in the swimming runners-up, Tyler Davie and Nathan Cooney in 12 years boys along with Faith Kelly and Jewel Schnitzerling in nine years girls.

The championship trophy was won by the red team Rooney and accepted by captains Bronte Le Seuer and Thomas Williamson.

 

Age champions: (Oldest to youngest) Rhys Farrell, Joelle Natividad, Thomas Lloyd, Samantha McMahon, Liam Walton, Ella Hudson, Jack Pike, Caitlin Skaines, Luke Hauff, Deneietra Kuziw.

Runners-up: Eloise Tavener, Tyler Davie/Nathan Cooney, Millie Hauff, Sam Ogden, Gabby Pike, Matthew Henry, Rose Dearden, Jordan Ball, Faith Kelly/Jewel Schnitzerling.



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