THERE'S rarely a better feeling than the rush Sharna Wilson experiences diving off the blocks and torpedoing her way to a new personal best.
And PBs were a-plenty for the 19-year-old swimmer at the Blackwater Invitational Carnival at the weekend.
Spending time back in her hometown for the holidays, the James Cook University zoology student was happy to return to the pool, and her squad, with whom she spent the better part of her younger swimming days.
Stepping out of the pool victorious in back-to-back races, Sharna said she was "feeling strong", but found it hard to describe the thoughts that rushed through her mind powering through the pool.
"I want to say it feels like flying," she said.
The competitive athlete took out the opens age champion, and said she was also proud of the efforts of her sister, Kiralea, "blitzing butterfly" and also scoring a second and third.
For Sharna, it's not about placings.
"I came here to beat my personal bests," she said.
"Us swimmers, we are never competing against each other.
"When you swim you are competing against yourself."
"Each year we increase the invites," Michelle said.
"The seven-year-olds were the big age group.
"They had three heats each - the boys and girls - and they were all hotly contested."
With Springsure and Blackwater the only squads competing in the first meet, the weekend's invitational boasted 102 swimmers from Blackwater, Springsure, Rolleston, Capella, Dysart, Moranbah and Chinchilla.
Michelle said the day also offered an opportunity for swimmers who were not affiliated with a squad to "just come and have a go".
"We even had some mums and dads compete in the opens," she said.
The Blackwater Barracudas took out top place for the club with the highest points, with Springsure coming second, followed by Dysart, Rolleston, Capella, Moranbah then Chinchilla.
The Dysart squad Dysart won the Aggregate Lyn Mulvey trophy for the highest average score per swimmer.
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