Great swims finish off successful carnival
SWIMMING: Three Dalby Dolphins have performed well in the final days of the Queensland Junior Distance Championships in Brisbane.
After success in the relay events at the start of last week, Mitchell Hemmings, Jessika Bliesner and Jennifer Nothdurft competed in their individual events.
Jessika and Jennifer performed in the 100m Butterfly and the 200m Backstroke respectively, gaining plenty of experience against some the best swimmers in Queensland.
Mitchell had a terrific competition, competing in five events and achieving his personal best time in four of them.
Mitchell said he was able to control his nerves prior to the event to achieve his performances.
"I am very pleased with my swims. Despite being very nervous before a few of my swims, I was able to put them aside and produce some good times,” he said.
"I think my two best swims were the 100m Freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley.
"I was also very pleased with the start of my 200m Backstoke and learnt some valuable lessons in how to finish off this event better in the future.”
Mitchell said his focus now was to build on these results and set himself new goals.
"While I am happy with my PB's, I have learnt a few things that will help me to apply to future races to bring these times down even more,” he said.
"What I am most excited about is how close I am to achieving some National times; if I can make these times, I will be eligible to attend the Nationals in 2018.”
Coach Micheal Wise said he was pleased with how his three students performed in the water last week against great competition.
"Jessika, Jennifer and Mitchell should be very proud of their swims and with more carnivals, they will definitely be ready for the State Sprint Titles in February,” Wise said.
"The week has been a great learning experience for all of the swimmers, particularly Mitchell who set new PBs in four of his swims.
"He has learnt how to swim these races at big competitions and keeps improving.”
Wise said his focus was back on the whole squad as his team aims to continue their good form when the season restarts early next year.
"The State Championships caps of a strong start to the 2017/18 swim season and I cannot wait to see what results the swimmers can produce once carnivals recommence in January,” he said.
"The majority of Dalby swimmers are now setting their sites on the Country Championships which will be held at Stanthorpe towards the end of January.”