Grammar girls recognised as exciting Queensland prospects

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School swimmers Caitlin Roberts, Emma Young and Chloe Holden have been named in state development squads.
HIGH ACHIEVERS: Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School swimmers Caitlin Roberts, Emma Young and Chloe Holden have been named in state development squads. Claudia Baxter

THREE dedicated Ipswich Girls' Grammar students have achieved a rare milestone for the school - being selected in Swimming Queensland development squads at the same time.

Caitlin Roberts, Emma Young and Chloe Holden have been chosen in the elite squads after meeting state criteria throughout the season.

"Basically you have to be a pretty high standard to get into these development squads," IGGS swimming co-ordinator Donna Pye said.

"To get into these squads you have to be ranked pretty high and it goes on times as well."

Year 10 student Caitlin is in the McDonald's Swimming Queensland Junior Development and Open Water squads.

Year 11 student Emma and year nine student Chloe have been recognised through the Swimming Queensland bronze squad.

Swimming Queensland business manager Laura Lynn said Queensland's program was part of a national scheme called Youth Performance Squad.

"Essentially, they achieve times in that and they can do that throughout the season," Lynn said.

Chloe qualified for the schoolgirls nationals in Adelaide.

She represents Queensland in the 200m breaststroke.

Emma is also a breaststroker with Caitlin excelling in backstroke.

Both swimmers have competed at age nationals in club competition.

The major school competition, QGSSSA, is in March every year.

"The school trains all year now," Pye said, delighted to see swimmers like Caitlin, Emma and Chloe achieving higher standards.

"They've done really well at the QGSSSA competition ... we've never really had that before.

"We're really proud of them.''



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