Katie Connolly on her way to winning the breast stroke.
Katie Connolly on her way to winning the breast stroke. Craig Warhurst

Scott wins dash for cash

GOLDFINS’ swimmer Scott Gear has become the first home-grown swimmer to win the Dash for Cash at the Gold Rush swimming carnival in more than 15 years.

The 15 year old scorched down the pool to record a time of 26.38 seconds to edge out former Gympie swimmer Drew Timbs and win the $100 cash prize in the open event.

In the women’s Dash for Cash Goldfins’ 16-year-old Katie Connolly came in second to take home $50 cash in a time of 28.97 seconds.

Gear said he was relieved to have won the race after going into the pool as a raging hot favourite.

“I didn’t swim a personal best, but I did enough to win it,” he said.

Gear’s mother Cherie Carlson, who is also the Goldfins’ race and carnival secretary, said everyone at the carnival swam well.

“I think most kids swam personal bests,” Carlson said.

She said the club had three aged champions Troy Carlson (8 years), Scott Gear (15yrs) and Katie Connolly (16yrs and over).

Seven swimmers were medallists including Daniel Allen (15yrs) – Bronze 50m backstroke and breaststroke, Troy Carlson (8yrs) – gold 50m freestyle and backstroke, silver 50m butterfly and breaststroke, Darcy Cartwright (8yrs) bronze 50m backstroke, Katie Connolly (16yrs and over) – gold 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, silver 50m butterfly, Scott Gear (15yrs) – Gold 50m Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly, Silver 50m Breaststroke.

David Lee (16yrs and over) - silver 50m butterfly, bronze 50m breaststroke, backstroke

Rhianna Robinson (15yrs) - bronze 50m backstroke, breaststroke.

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