Dolphins represent region

Jennifer Nothdurft, Mitchell Hemmings and Jessika Bliesner qualified for the Queensland distance championships.
Jennifer Nothdurft, Mitchell Hemmings and Jessika Bliesner qualified for the Queensland distance championships. Contributed

SWIMMING: Three junior swimmers from the Dalby Dolphins Swimming Club qualified for the Queensland Distance Championships, which start this weekend, proving Dalby continues to punch above its weight on the state sporting landscape.

Mitchell Hemmings, 15, qualified for five individual events - 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and the 200m individual medley.

Jessika Bliesner, 14, and 13-year-old Jennifer Nothdurft qualified for the 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke respectively.

Added to Mitchell's individual feats, he was also selected to represent the Darling Downs Regional Association 16 and under freestyle relay team and 16 and under medley relay team in regional relays.

Mitchell, Jessika and Jennifer are just a few of the many swimmers from the club who competed against the best in the region at carnivals since August, all in the hope they can achieve the necessary qualifying times and reach state-wide competition.

Coach Brian Shorter said it was an amazing achievement attained through a great deal of hard work.

"I'm really excited to see how the Dalby swimmers will perform as they rate among some of the best swimmers I have trained throughout my career,” Shorter said. "I was hard- pressed to find a group of swimmers from my previous clubs that trained as hard as the Dalby swimmers do.

"Most of the swimmers train an average of seven or eight sessions a week which is remarkable considering many of them also do additional sports such as netball, dance and water polo as well as maintain a high academic standard.”

With a crop of promising swimmers and a dedicated coaching staff, the Dalby Dolphins Swimming Club is set to stamp its authority on Queensland swimming into the future.

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