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They took on state’s best

STATE SWIMMERS: Nanango Amateur Swimming Club's Clare Perrett, Sophie Stone, Shikira Matheson and Melissa Roberts competed at last weekend's Queensland Sprint Championships in Brisbane.
STATE SWIMMERS: Nanango Amateur Swimming Club's Clare Perrett, Sophie Stone, Shikira Matheson and Melissa Roberts competed at last weekend's Queensland Sprint Championships in Brisbane. Aiden Burgess

NANANGO Amateur Swimming Club's top junior sprinters took on the best in the state last weekend.

The four squad members - Shikira Matheson, Clare Perrett, Melissa Roberts and Sophie Stone - travelled to Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Sprint Championships at the Chandler Aquatic Centre.

Perrett and Matheson both made the 50m breaststroke state finals with Perrett finishing 4th in the 12 years girls event and Matheson 7th in the 10 years.

Perrett smashed her personal best in the final taking three seconds off her previous best time and was just 0.02 seconds off a bronze medal.

Matheson also achieved her personal best in her final bettering it by two seconds on her way to a 7th place finish.

Perrett said she was pleased with her 4th place finish in the state.

"I was nervous and excited before the final and it felt really amazing to do my personal best and finish 4th as going into the meet I didn't think I would do that well," she said.

"I'm really happy and if we train harder we can go even further which is what we want."

Matheson said she was pleasantly surprised with her performance.

"I never thought I'd get this far with my swimming and it was my first state final, so I was really nervous," she said.

Matheson said the atmosphere at the Chandler Aquatic Centre played on her nerves.

"The silence is scary," she said.

"When they say 'take your marks' the crowd goes silent and all eyes are on you."

Perrett said the atmosphere of the state championships was a great one to compete in.

"Everyone's yelling for their club or team and it's so loud, and it's just a really good atmosphere," she said.

South Burnett

Topics:  nanango, swimming



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