Warwick West student Kelsey Hoger was 12 years joint age champion.
Warwick West student Kelsey Hoger was 12 years joint age champion. Gerard Walsh

Dead heat for girls

IT WAS a dead heat for students from Clifton and Warwick West State Schools in the battle for the age championship in the 12 years age group at the Southern Downs Primary School Swimming Championships at WIRAC yesterday.

Taliesha Leslie (Clifton) was the early leader in the battle for age supremacy with narrow wins in butterfly and backstroke from Kelsey Hoger (Warwick West).

Kelsey then won the breaststroke and freestyle by a touch to tie the age championship.

Taliesha was competing for the second time at the Southern Downs carnival at WIRAC.

She had previously swum at the state championships and said she was keen to again compete in the Darling Downs titles.

After a second in the breaststroke, she admitted she didn't like the stroke, a comment mirrored by many swimmers.

St Patrick's, Allora, swimmer Lachlan Henry scored 44 points, the equal most on the day, to win the 12 years boys championship.

He is yet to swim at state championship level, but he knows he must swim qualifying times at the regional championships at Gatton on February 29, to make the Darling Downs team for the state championships.

"Butterfly is my best stroke and I need to cut my best time of 40.28 seconds for 50m by a second to qualify," Lachlan said.

He is coached by Andrew Fidge at Clifton and is an Allora Swimming Club member.

While he is an accomplished swimmer, Lachlan rates rugby league his main sport.

"I will play under-12 for the Wattles Warriors this year," he said.

There was one tie in the battle for runner-up medals between Jordan Stevenson (Clifton) and Jacob Gross (Warwick West).

The carnival finished with 200m freestyle and individual medley time trials.

 

Age champions

William Gilmore (Scots PGC), Larissa Vickers (Warwick West), Matthew Blakemore (St Patrick's), Lucy Mantova (Clifton State), Brendon Hoffman (Warwick West), Ella Hudson (St Mary's), Lachlan Henry (St Patrick's), Taliesha Leslie (Clifton State), Kelsey Hoger (Warwick West), Hayden Otten (St Patrick's), Stephanie Fender (Scots PGC)

Taliesha Leslie (Clifton) was the early leader in the battle for age supremacy with narrow wins in butterfly and backstroke


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