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Gold Fins ready to sprint

Gympie Gold Fins swimmers are off the state sprints in Brisbane. Pictured (from left) are Lucy Connolly, David Lee, Scott Gear, Troy Carlson, Daniel Allen, Anna Cartwright, Ajay Toffoli, Darcy Cartwright and Jasmine Long. Absent: Sammy Cumner and Elise Forward.
Gympie Gold Fins swimmers are off the state sprints in Brisbane. Pictured (from left) are Lucy Connolly, David Lee, Scott Gear, Troy Carlson, Daniel Allen, Anna Cartwright, Ajay Toffoli, Darcy Cartwright and Jasmine Long. Absent: Sammy Cumner and Elise Forward. Craig Warhurst

ELEVEN Gympie Gold Fins will dive into the pool at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre today chasing personal bests and hoping for medals.

It is one of the biggest teams yet sent to the state sprints by the Gympie club.

Coach Libby Manthey is hoping the swimmers do well and learn from the experience.

She said some of the swimmers were first-timers and the event might be overwhelming, but it would all be a learning experience.

One swimmer who isn't a first-timer is Scott Gear.

The 16-year-old will compete in the Open 50m butterfly, 50 backstroke, 16 years boys 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle.

He said he had been tapering for the event - which was really code for not doing much training.

"I have only been doing about four sessions a week," Gear explained.

"I still should do all right. They are only sprints," he joked.

Another experienced competitor is David Lee.

At 24, Lee is a veteran of the Gympie pool and will swim in every stroke in the multi-class events.

It will be Lee's last swim as he is set to retire from competition after the state sprints.

Grab next week's The Gympie Times for all the results from the state sprints.

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