Darcy Cartwright dives into the pool during a swim meet. Cartwright was one of many Gympie swimmers to break personal bests at the Queensland Sprint Championships in Brisbane last weekend.
Darcy Cartwright dives into the pool during a swim meet. Cartwright was one of many Gympie swimmers to break personal bests at the Queensland Sprint Championships in Brisbane last weekend. Contributed

State records take a dive thanks to swimming club talent

GYMPIE Gold Fins Swimming Club is forming a habit of breaking things with a raft of broken records in recent months.

And having troubles hiding her delight at the recent burst of success is Gympie Gold Fins Club secretary and publicity officer Kate Cartwright.

Two of the club's longest standing records were recently broken by standout swimmers Lucy Connolly and Anna Cartwright.

Connolly, newly 15, broke a 14-year-long Gympie club record in the 100m breaststroke at the State Long Course Championships in December last year with a time of 1:12.64.

Also chiming in with a record-breaking effort of her own was Anna Cartwright, smashing a 50m club freestyle record standing since 1997 at the Queensland Sprint Championships last weekend.

Cartwright set the pool alight with a blistering time of 29.58.

"These two records have been around for a very long time so these swimmers have done great to beat them," an excited Cartwright said.

"Congratulations to both girls for all their hard work and effort."

Anna's record-breaking performance at last weekend's Queensland Sprint Championships was part of an outstanding outing for the Gympie club.

Experienced swimmers returned to the meet at Brisbane's Chandler Aquatic Centre but this time there were four debutants receiving a first taste of competitive swimming at a state level.

Kate could not speak highly enough of their efforts.

"Just exceptional," she said of their performances.

Diving in for the first time at the event were Harrison Parker, 13, Decklan Nicol, 12, Abby Schooth, 9, and Taylah Long, 10.

Nerves were not an issue for the four swimmers and Kate credited Gold Fins swimming coach Libby Manthey with their calm demeanour.

"Libby makes sure the swimmers are prepared and know what to expect," Kate said.

Above all, Manthey makes sure swimming is fun. It's an approach paying dividends.

In other results from the weekend meet, Darcy Cartwright, 10, was hitting his form at the right time to win many heats in his various events and bag a fistful of personal best times.

Darcy's best result came in the butterfly, finishing 15th from a field of 76 starters.

Meanwhile, the experienced head of Daniel Allen was a stabilising factor for the Gympie club.

"Daniel swam very well to near his personal best mark and his experience was appreciated helping to settle the younger swimmers," Kate said.

The Gympie Gold Fins enjoy a small break from the heat of competition before launching into the Wide Bay Championships early next month.

A large number of Gympie swimmers have qualified for the event to be staged by Kawana between March 2-3.

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