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New Facility Attracts the Elite Class

Date: 14 November 2013

Lane 4 Aquatics South Rockhampton were spoilt last weekend with the high caliber of athletes performing at the Tropics of Capricorn Swim meet. The two-day carnival was top class, having the Colorado Timing System fully in operation and new CQ records been set.

The first elite swimmers to compete at the new Rockhampton facility included:

Taylor McKeown who won her first international gold medal in the women’s 200m breaststroke at the US Open in Irvine, California last August. Taylor swam a 2:24.92 – a time that would have seen her take silver at the 2013 Australian Swimming Championships and qualify for the FINA World Championships team while racing in the USA.

Leiston Pickett is an Australian Commonwealth Games gold medalist. She participated in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, winning the 50m breaststroke. Pickett won the 100m breaststroke at the 2012 Australian Swimming Championships to secure a spot on the 2012 Olympic Team. She is a semi-finalist from London 2012.

Trent Grimsey is the holder of the world record swimming across the English Channel. He won the 2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit and set the English Channel world record in 6 hours 55 minutes on 8 September 2012. Grimsey was also nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. While in Rocky Trent swam in the men’s 1500m, against local student Quintin McBean who took out the title in 17.04.42.

"It was fantastic to see the level of swimmers competing in Rockhampton" said Daniel Mulvey Lane 4 Managing Director "The Rockhampton Regional Council have delivered a community facility which will make Rockhampton a key swimming venue for future major events, and frankly that is exciting for the entire region" he said.

The new facility will host the Australian Masters swimming Championships in April, a competition normally left for Metropolitan areas. This shows the leve of swimming facilities Rockhampton now has. The future looks bright for swimming inCentral Queensland!

Caption From the left: Taylor McKeown, Val Kalmikovs, Julian Layton, Jake Packard, Jack Selman, Trent Grinmsey, Joy Symons and Leiston Pickett.
Rockhampton Regional Council