Sophie Mackey and Eleanor Sands in Dysart.
Sophie Mackey and Eleanor Sands in Dysart.

Emerald Seals on a roll

ON the back of yet another win on the Central Highlands swim carnival calendar, Emerald Seals Swim Club is taking its training schedule on the road.

The youngsters will train at Capella's 50m complex this week ahead of Saturday's carnival in Alpha.

"It will be a fun session and give the younger kids experience swimming in the big pool," club president Vicki Edmistone said.

The Seals took out the Cedric Marshall Shield for the club with the highest overall points at the Jill Matthews Memorial Swim Meet in Dysart at the weekend, with Seals team captain Lachlan Sands snaring a wealth of individual medals as well.

Sands claimed the Fran Campbell trophy for the 50m butterfly and the open 100m freestyle Dash for Cash.

His red-hot form was rewarded with an invitation to be a part of the Central Queensland relay team competing at the state titles next month. However, due to other commitments, Sands has been forced to relinquish his position on the team.

Fellow Emerald competitor Mackenzie Reid, at only 10 years old, has also been extended an invitation, but it remained unclear as to whether the young competitor would be able to attend.

The small but courageous Dysart contingent certainly gave it their all. But even the home-pool advantage couldn't help in the team points department.

"If anything it's less of an advantage because I'm running around trying to do everything at our meet," Dysart swim club co-ordinator Millie Davie said.

The Seals' juniors were glad just to be competing at the Dysart carnival after mother nature cut short their attendance at last year's meet.

Usually right at home in water, even the Seals were no match for the powerful floodwaters which cut roads and prevented their participation.

No such worry this year with the girls' 10 years-and-under relay team of Sophie Mackey, Eleanor Sands, Chloe Robertson and Maddison Adams quickly making amends for last season's shortfall, taking home gold this time around in Dysart.

Also leading from the front for the girls was Seals swimmer Caitlin Hill who placed a respectable third in the 12 years-and-under 100m Dash for Cash in Dysart.

With about 120 competitors travelling the breadth of Central Queensland for the event, competition was always going to be tough and Hamish Clarke and Brayden Dollard were there ready and willing.

The pair produced strong claims in the men's 10 years-and-under freestyle relay, together with six-year-old rising stars Cooper Hill and Beau Reid, who were also putting the Emerald club in good stead for future meets.

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