Seals seek titles in west
THE swimming competition headed west to Alpha at the weekend, with the Emerald Seals meeting teams from Blackwater, Barcaldine, Longreach and the home-town Alpha outfit.
Wanita Baker and Lilyan Young each made worthy contributions to the medal count for Emerald, backed by Ned Peters, Braydon Dollard, Madison Titmarsh and Lexie Titmarsh, who achieved personal bests and performed strongly in the relay teams.
Seals club president Vicki Edmistone said the 140-strong competitor roll-up in Alpha was a testament to the depth of talent emanating from clubs in the west.
It was a hard task for the time keepers in the men's 10 years and over sprint, with Brendan Rafter from Barcaldine just touching out Lachlan Sands, who tied second with Jordan Smith from Longreach.
Emerald's Lilyan Young won the under-9 female 25m freestyle race.
The consistent efforts by the Seals swimmers secured Emerald the Delandelles Family Shield for the leading average points.