80 swimmers take to the pool for annual meet

Diesel Palmer powers through the freestyle leg of the mixed 13 and under 200 m Medley Relay at the Maryborough Swim Meet on Sunday.

Eighty competitors from across the state converged on the Maryborough Swimming Pool on Sunday for the Maryborough Swimming Club’s annual meet.

The local contingent boasted eight local swimmers who all performed admirably.

It was Cooper Driscoll’s first swimming competition and he competed in the 25 m freestyle and breaststroke events.

Cooper managed to win his freestyle and placed second in his breaststroke event.

Diesel Palmer continued to show improvement, sneaking in for a bronze medal in the 50 m freestyle in a good time of 38.58 seconds.

Celeste Lean boasted a chest full of medals, claiming five individual medals for the meet.

She convincingly won her favourite event, the 10-11 year girls 50 m freestyle and set a new personal best of 36.45 seconds in finishing second in her 50 m freestyle.

Emmerson Wood was instrumental in the mixed 13 and under 200 m medley relay, over taking two swimmers during her backstroke leg.

She also claimed a silver medal in the backstroke and a bronze in the 13 and under 200 m individual medley.

Laura Budd had a good meet, finishing third in the 50 m backstroke in a new personal best time of 41.62 seconds.

She was also very competitive in her 50 m freestyle, finishing a close second with an excellent swim.

Isaac Scott added to his medal collection, winning his 50 m breaststroke in a new best time of 1:01.18 minutes.

He also finished third in the boys under nine, 50 m backstroke and freestyle events.

Liam Palling had his first swim for the season, recording four personal best times.

He claimed bronze medals in the 14 and over 50 m backstroke and freestyle events.

Michael Chew had his first competitive swim after a long break and it was great to see him in the pool again.

Emmerson Wood claimed seven medals from her seven individual races on the day, and set a new personal best time in her breaststroke of 47.07 seconds.

She was also instrumental in securing the Maryborough under 13 4 x 50 m freestyle relay team a bronze medal, overtaking two swimmers in the final leg to help her fellow teammates Laura Budd, Diesel Palmer and Isaac Scott claim the third position.

Michael Chew takes on the Boys 14 and Over 50 m breaststroke at the Maryborough swim meet on Sunday.

For more on this story see Page 46 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 9.

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