Warwick Swimming Club members (front, from left) Abigail Skaines, Liam Vickers, Gemma Vickers, Larissa Vickers, Caitlin Skaines, (back) Brayden Fearby, Dimity Brackin, Sarah Kane and Jonathon Skaines.
Warwick Swimming Club members (front, from left) Abigail Skaines, Liam Vickers, Gemma Vickers, Larissa Vickers, Caitlin Skaines, (back) Brayden Fearby, Dimity Brackin, Sarah Kane and Jonathon Skaines. Contributed

Swimmers claim 14 medals

THE Warwick Swimming Club took part in the Darling Downs Region Country Championships, hosted by Goondiwindi recently.

The Country Champs are open to non-Toowoomba city swimmers and were well supported with 13 clubs attending, including Allora, Chinchilla, Dalby, Gatton, Goondiwindi, Oakey, Pittsworth, Roma, St George, Stanthorpe, Texas, as well as the club with the nine-hour drive - Quilpie.

First in the water were the seven years and unders, swimming 25 metre events.

The focus was on participation and no medals were presented. Gemma and Liam Vickers and Abigail Skaines competed in all four strokes and swum admirably.

Their efforts were rewarded when they received a McDonald's pack containing towels and goggles and other goodies. Great rewards for their efforts.

Larissa Vickers competed in all four strokes over 50m for nine-year-old girls, coming away with personal bests (PBs) while concentrating on her starts and finishes.

Caitlin Skaines, in the 10 years events, won the 200m individual medley and topped off a great day with a bronze in 100m freestyle, as well as silver in 100m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke.

Not to be outdone by his sisters, Jonathon Skaines hit the pool in both 50 and 100m 14 years backstroke events.

Jonathon secured bronze medals in both events.

Sarah Kane competed in her first carnival for the season and started strong with a huge 8second PB in the 15 years 200m IM.

She then backed up for the 100m and 50m breaststroke.

With the temperature at 40 degrees, officials were constantly wetting down the pool deck for the comfort of the swimmers and refilling the large host club water bottles.

Sarah classes breaststroke as her pet stroke and, after a tardy start in 100m, finished third. She backed up in the 50m to claim another third placing.

Brayden Fearby felt strong heading into the 14 years 100m breaststroke event. Though he was in a slower heat and unable to take advantage of the momentum of faster swimmers, his time was a PB and secured him a bronze medal.

Dimity Brackin nominated for seven events in the 14 years age group. She won the 200m IM with a 2s PB. Dimity was the best performed Warwick swimmer with further wins in 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke and silver in the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.

The club had a successful though hot day coming away with 14 medals, some great PBs and the swimmers all learned more about their strengths and weaknesses.

Club members have nominated for the McDonald's Queensland Sprints Carnival at Chandler in February.



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