Swimmers bag medals at titiles
DOING their state and home town proud, three Gympie swimmers have come away from the Queensland Schools swimming titles with medals.
Super fish Scott Gear, Darcy Cartwright and Troy Carlson all swam to glory as part of the Wide Bay schools swim team last week.
Thanks to his silver medal in the 10 years 50m butterfly event Troy Carlson, 9, has automatically been selected in the Queensland swimming team.
Carlson will now compete at the Australian championships held in Sydney in July.
He was also a finalist in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, and first reserve for the 200m individual medley final.
At the titles he picked up a gold medal swimming the butterfly leg of the Wide Bay 10 years boys medley relay, his friend Darcy Cartwright also grabbed gold in that event.
Cartwright, 10, swam the freestyle leg.
The St Patrick's Primary student said he competed in every 50m event for his age group except the breaststroke.
"This is my third season," he explained.
Cartwright said he hoped to become a football player when he was 19, but looked up to Carlson's cousin, Gympie swimming champion Scott Gear.
Gear, 17, took the bronze medal for the 17 years 50m backstroke event, he was also a finalist in the 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly and placed tenth in the 200m individual medley.
This was the last time the St Patrick's year 12 student will compete in the school based competition.
"I have won a medal in the 50m back (stroke) ever since grade nine," he said.
When asked about the future Gear was elusive.
"I don't know. I'm not sure," he said.
He has spent endless hours in the pool training.
"At the moment I train every day. It's a big commitment."
His cousin, Troy Carlson, however hopes to one day represent Australia at the Olympics.
"I did 35.18 (seconds) to get the silver," the Gympie South Student said.
Gympie swimmers do well
Daniel Allen was a finalist in the 17 years 100m breaststroke and placed 7th in the 200m backstroke.
Kristen Kenney, 12th in the 14 years 100m freestyle.
Lucy Connolly, 14th in the 14 years 50m backstroke.
Troy Carlson, 4th in the 100m freestyle, 6th in the 50 freestyle and 7th in the 100m butterfly.
Darcy Cartwright, 30th in the 50m freestyle and 22nd in the 50m butterfly.
Also competing was Jasmine Long, Anna Cartwright, Ajay Toffoli and Thomas Kenney.