THEY'RE OFF: Competitors take to the water  in the Chinchilla Open Swimming Carnival.
THEY'RE OFF: Competitors take to the water in the Chinchilla Open Swimming Carnival. Jessica Schremmer

Swimmers set new records

SWIMMING: It was a perfect hot, sunny day for the swimmers competing for state title qualifications at the Chinchilla Open Swimming Carnival on Saturday.

Swimmers from throughout the Darling Downs made their way to Chinchilla with a total of 156 competitors racing in all strokes.

Chinchilla Sharks head coach Maddison Walsh said club competitors were doing well and it was good to see how the Chinchilla Sharks matched up with others in the region.

"We have a few that just missed state time today.... so that's good to see,” Walsh said.

"Now with the upcoming holidays, we have four weeks of solid training and can work towards those times and find our strength and weaknesses in the strokes.”

Three Chinchilla Sharks swimmers set local records in breaststroke and backstroke.

For the girls, 11-year-old Alice Iverson won the 50 metre breaststroke with a time of 43.78 seconds, breaking Alyssa Cox's record from three years ago of 44.89s.

Sophie Scutchings, 9, won the 50m backstroke with a time of 49.49s, 0.09s faster than Hope Iverson's record from 12 years ago.

For the boys, Enoch Rusford, 15, set a 100m backstroke record with a time of 1:17:68 minutes, a record held for 20 years by Karl Bannerman (1:17:78m).

Sophie said she didn't expect to win and felt great.

"It's my first record that I broke,” Sophie said.

"I always loved the water... I find breaststroke kind of relaxing and backstroke I kind of like.

"I am hoping to improve lots... I want to improve in three strokes backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.”

Sophie said her idol was former Australian Olympian swimmer Stephanie Rice and it was great fun when she met Rice a few weeks ago at a swimming clinic held in Chinchilla.

Chinchilla pool manager Kyre Dyne said there were 56 competitors from Chinchilla who were on par and doing well in races.


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