SUCCESS: Stanthorpe had some great success at the Gatton swim meet over the weekend and will now focus on two big home events in coming weeks.
SUCCESS: Stanthorpe had some great success at the Gatton swim meet over the weekend and will now focus on two big home events in coming weeks. File

Swimmers smash PBs in Gatton

LOCAL swimmers have been fine-tuning their skill set ahead of a massive Stanthorpe Open early next month.

Hundreds of swimmers will take to the Stanthorpe pool for the annual meet.

In the lead-up, Stanthorpe's swimming contingent traveled to Gatton at the weekend.

"Ten swimmers from the Stanthorpe Swimming Club attended the WP Kemp Memorial Sprints hosted

by the Gatton Swimming Club,” Shannon Armbruster said.

"It was approximately 42 degrees on pool deck, and very warm conditions for a carnival.

"The Kemp Sprints feature only 50m events, and between our 10 swimmers, we posted 30 new PBs, which is absolutely amazing.

"Coach Gail Smail was very proud of the efforts of the swimmers that attended in the trying conditions, and this is a testament to the hard work at training that the swimmers have been doing over the holidays under Gail's dedicated coaching.”

Ben Armbruster and Hannah McMeniman both qualified for the 50m freestyle final, with Ben placing third and Hannah in 10th. "This was the first Kemp final that Hannah had qualified for, and although she was very nervous, she was very pleased with her first 29-second freestyle swim for the season,” Shannon said.

"Ellie Petrie and Bonnie Zappa have now also qualified for State Sprints in February.

"That brings us up to 10 qualified swimmers so far, with a couple of carnivals to come before the entry deadline.

"Congratulations to all of our swimmers for a fantastic meet, and we are now looking forward to Country Championships this Saturday at the Stanthorpe pool.” It's anticipated that approximately 230 swimmers will take part in the Country Championships this weekend.

"We have a huge day ahead of us,” Shannon said.

This event will be followed by the Stanthorpe Open on Sunday, February 4.

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