TWO months ago, the small but dedicated group of competitors from the Blackwater Barracudas Swim Club would have had to swim across the Highlands divide to compete in the Emerald Swim Carnival at the weekend.
However with the roads now dry, travel was made much easier.
For most Central Highlands swimmers, the Emerald carnival is a tough meet and arguably one of the more challenging in the region, and Blackwater was ready.
The standard swims for the 11-year-olds were 100 metres and as the Blackwater contingent were primarily sprint or 50 metre swimmers, it proved a challenging day.
Nine-year-old Shelby Broun managed a first in her 50 metre breaststroke event and had her first shot at the 100 metre freestyle. Broun also achieved a few other placings to cement a runner-up position in her age group for the weekend.
Shenae Grant came in with two seconds in the 100 metre freestyle and breaststroke and got a third in the backstroke.
Linden Leishman swam well to receive silver in the 100 metre butterfly and three bronzes in the remaining strokes.
Jarrod Grant also swam his heart out at the meet to come away with some personal best times as well.
Adrienne Geary was up against the best of the best in the 13 years girls. Most of the girls, including Geary in this age group, were all state representative swimmers. Despite a strong performance, Geary placed just outside medal contention in all strokes running a consistent fourth in most races.
Mum Leonie Geary said the warm weather did not hinder proceedings, with the Emerald club pulling out all stops make the meet a successful one.
“It was a long hot day but the Emerald Swimming Committee and Club are to be commended on a friendly and extremely well run carnival... everyone was happy and a fantastic day was had by all,” she said.
EMERALD Seal, McKenzie Reid is off to the State Titles in Brisbane representing the Capricornia Swim Team after qualifying in the 50 metre freestyle, backstroke and 100 metre freestyle events in Gladstone.
“... everyone was happy and a fantastic day was had by all”
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