PROUD: Ella McGlashan and Taryn Hines with Gail and Michael Smail.
PROUD: Ella McGlashan and Taryn Hines with Gail and Michael Smail. contributed

Swimmers take lead in the pool

IT'S swimming season and every weekend kids from the Stanthorpe Swimming Club are out and about competing at various competitions, and last weekend was no different.

Being amazingly successful at many opens in the past few weeks, Stanthorpe Swimming Club president Shannon Armbruster said the reason local swimmers did so well was because of their training sessions with Gail Smail at the Stanthorpe Pool.

"They are training very well under the guidance of coach Gail Smail,” Armbruster said.

Gail Smail as well as Michael Smail supported the kids on the weekend at the Goondiwindi and Allora Open.

"A huge thank you to them for their ongoing support which means everything to the swimmers, parents and the club,” Armbruster said.

Fourteen local swimmers competed at the Goondiwindi Open on Saturday and, although it was cold and wet, Armbruster said every swimmer swam well.

"Ben Armbruster (15-year-old boys), Hannah McMeniman (14-year-old girls), JJ Cusack (14-year-old boys), Brooke O'Brien (13-year-old girls) and Aliesha Rogers (12-year-old girls) achieved age champion, with Bonnie and Oska Zappa, Isabel, Isaac and William Kay, Elly and Zoe Petrie and Taj and Xavier Cusack posting PBs in their strokes,” she said.

"It was a great day that all of the swimmers enjoyed catching up with their country counterparts. Special mention to Brooke O'Brien for gaining a qualifying time for State Sprints next February. Eight swimmers from our club have now qualified which is exceptional for the start of our season.”

Two Stanthorpe girls, Taryn Hines and Ella McGlashan, competed at Allora on Sunday.

"Taryn was age champion in the 13-year-old girls and Ella posted four PBs at her first carnival,” Armbruster said.

"Allora is a novice meet for beginning swimmers and the girls had a great day of swimming.”

Local swimmer Ben Armbruster swam in 10 events at the Gatton Multi-distance meet on Sunday, gaining a range of medals which got him the title for Swimmer of the Meet.

Ben has been selected for the Darling Downs Regional Swimming Association 16 and under boys free and medley relays and the Men's Open free and medley relays to compete at the Regional Relays on December 9 at Chandler.

Ben will also compete in the 15yrs boys 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke.

Aliesha Rogers has been selected for the 12 and under girls free and medley relays.

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