SMASHING IT: Stanthorpe swimmer Ben Armbruster made quite the impression at the Toowoomba Open over the weekend. He won several gold medals, as well as breaking pool records.
SMASHING IT: Stanthorpe swimmer Ben Armbruster made quite the impression at the Toowoomba Open over the weekend. He won several gold medals, as well as breaking pool records.

Sprint champ smashes records and competitors at Milne Bay meet

SWIMMING: Stanthorpe has staked its claim as one of the top swimming regions outside the city after blistering performances at the weekend’s Toowoomba Open.

On November 2, at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre, 11 Stanthorpe representatives pitted themselves against Queensland’s top flyers.

“There were over 300 competitors attending, with swimmers from 25 different clubs competing, from as far away as Ipswich, Bracken Ridge, University of Queensland, Roma, Glen Innes and also Darling Downs regional clubs,” Stanthorpe Swimming’s Shannon Armbruster said.

“There were many highlights from the day, with all of our swimmers having a fantastic day in the water.”

In her first meet as a multi-class swimmer, Natalie Rogers received a silver and a bronze medal.

Other medal winners were William Kay who took home a bronze in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 50m backstroke.

But it was Ben Armbruster who shone, to be named the Toowoomba Open Sprint Champion.

He also broke two Milne Bay pool records, and five Toowoomba Open meet records.

Armbruster took home six gold medals and one silver.

There were a host of swimmers who broke their personal bests and youngster Brooke O’Brien narrowly missed a podium in two events.

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