MONTHS of crack of dawn starts culminated to success for the Emerald Seals swimming club with nine of their swimmers competing in the 2016 Sprint Championships in Brisbane at the weekend.
Just to get there was a tough ask as they had to meet a qualifying time set by Swimming Queensland.
New coach Jodi Sprought took over from Rebecca Leighton at the start of the year and said her nine had done a wonderful job just to get there.
"They all worked really hard to be there and all swam very well, there were plenty of personal bests," Sprought said.
"They had to meet a certain time in qualifying and Rebecca and myself helped them get there, but they did the hard work all season.
"Five days a week in the mornings, they have to be at the pool at 5.45am each week day.
"I am very proud of their achievements on the weekend, swimming is a
gruelling sport so they have done exceptionally well.
"The competition was incomparable to anything they have seen before, the scale was so much larger. There were over 160 clubs represented and 140 swimmers for a lot of the races."
Tegan Sprought finished the competition with the best results for the Seals, finishing sixth for the state out of 90 swimmers for freestyle and 11th for butterfly.
Her time of 34.57 was a mere 2 seconds off the under-9s winner and managed a 45.07 in backstroke and 41.66 in butterfly.
Bronte Gray and Ben Gaskin both qualified for four sprints each and held their own in the tough competition.
Club captain Aiden Mayne clocked a 28.12 in his 16 boy's freestyle and a 33.14 in the backstroke.
Caitlin Hill managed 31.03 for free and 33.41 in the butterfly.
Jared Havemann clocked 50.02 for the under-11s boy's backstroke. His older brother Brandon grabbed 36.31 for breaststroke and 35.46 for back.
Liam Anderson posted a time of 33.67 in his under-11s freestyle and Emily Millar shone in her butterfly and breaststroke meets with times of 41.96 and 51.07 respectively.
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