Swimming duo finds hot form
THE Gympie Gold Fins swimming club continues to turn up the heat in the pool despite only one week remaining in the season.
Katie Connolly and Scott Gear, two hard-working swimmers to have featured prominently this summer, are back in town after an outstanding Queensland Secondary Schools State Swimming Championships last week.
The pair swam as members of the Wide Bay School Swimming team at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre and added to their bulging trophy cabinets.
Gear collected a silver medal in the 50m backstroke while Connolly bagged a silver as a member of the Wide Bay 16 years girls 4x50m freestyle relay team.
The result ensured both swimmers upgraded their results from the last year’s event.
Connolly finished with a bronze in the relay event while Gear also posted a third in the backstroke event.
“We really wanted to improve on our result from last year, so we were happy we were able to do that,” an excited Connolly said.
Meanwhile, Gear produced a personal best from months of relentless training to clinch a silver.
“I swam a personal best and it was a bit of a surprise,” he said.
“I’ve been working hard so it’s a good result.”
Competing in the state event involved a hefty workload for the Gympie Gold Fins talented duo.
Gear made six finals while Connolly qualified for five of her own against some of Queensland’s brightest emerging talent.
Connolly and Gear were not the only Gympie Gold Fins swimmers in action in Brisbane.
Also making waves in the pool were Mason Mahlstedt, 13, Daniel Allen, 15, and Ellen Wheeler, 17.
Mahlstedt, Allen and Wheeler achieved various placings in their respective events but, most importantly, gained more exposure to swimming at an elite level, helping spur them on to bigger and better things.
Catch Saturday’s edition of The Gympie Times for more news on the Gympie Gold Fins swimming club as the swimming season draws to a close.