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Tough talent pool for Seals swim club

INTENSIVE TRAINING: Emerald Seals Caitlin Hill and Mackenzie Reid.
INTENSIVE TRAINING: Emerald Seals Caitlin Hill and Mackenzie Reid. Contributed

MORE than 130 swimmers converged on the Capella Aquatic Centre for the annual Emerald Seals Swimming Carnival.

Competition was fierce with swimmers from Rockhampton, Dysart, Barcaldine and everywhere in between.

The Emerald Seals claimed the Isaac Slatyer Memorial Aggregate Shield for highest points.

"Competition is always tough for the Emerald carnival," club spokeswoman Cherie Young said.

"It's the last qualifying meet before the CQ Championships which means we get clubs attending that don't always make the trek too far west and thankfully, the weather was kind.

"We had everything wrapped up and were on our way back to Emerald when we drove into the storm that hit late that afternoon."

The carnival was held in Capella due to ongoing construction at the Emerald pool.

Of the awards won by the Emerald club, Mackenzie Reid was named 11-years age champion and Paddy Lynch was the runner-up age champion for 13-years boys.

The swimmers have now turned their focus to the Central Queensland Championships being held in Gladstone this weekend.

"There will be six club members competing," Young said.

"Hopefully the roads will be open and the weather doesn't throw a spanner into the works.

"As it's always a tough meet, our swimmers will train intensively until the meet. As there are a couple of swimmers going onto state level later in the month, it's always great motivation to keep on training."


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