RECORD BREAKER: Aidan van Ee broke eight records out of the 10 events he entered during the Lockyer District High School’s swimming competition.
RECORD BREAKER: Aidan van Ee broke eight records out of the 10 events he entered during the Lockyer District High School’s swimming competition. Tom Threadingham

Aidan's record splash

SWIMMING: One by one the records fell as Aidan van Ee dived into the pool.

By the time the talented swimmer was finished, he had broken eight records out of the 10 events he had entered during Lockyer District High School's swimming competition.

It was a monstrous effort, but one Aidan had always planned on achieving.

"I was hoping that I could walk in there and break them because my PBs were all faster than the school record times," he said.

"Last year I got smashed with all my (school work) and club swimming so I didn't get to focus on it.

"But, the whole of the last 12 months I've been thinking about it and I've said 'I want these really badly'."

Aidan stayed true to his word and broke the open 200m Individual Medley, the open 200m freestyle, the open 100m butterfly, the open 100m backstroke, open 100m freestyle, 17-years 50m freestyle, 17-years 50m butterfly and the 17-years 50m backstroke.

"I only missed two, which were the 50m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke," he said.

With the categories spread out across nine days, which culminated in the school swimming carnival, Aidan said it had been a huge effort to maintain the focus.

"I broke the first one and then straight away started thinking about the next one," he said.

"Every night I was thinking about the race the next morning.

"It was a hard two weeks and it was hard to keep so concentrated for so long."

The Gatton Swimming Club prodigy said he was proud to have put his name in Lockyer District High School's record books in his final year of schooling.

"I was so happy, I got exactly what I wanted," he said.

"It's probably one of the best efforts I've ever done and I've never been that focused in my life I don't think."

Aidan followed up the record-breaking feat by qualifying for the Darling Downs team in the 50m backstroke during a solid outing at regional trials in Gatton last week.

Aidan van Ee broke eight records out of the 10 events he had entered during Lockyer District High School's swimming competition.
Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star
Aidan van Ee broke eight records out of the 10 events he had entered during Lockyer District High School's swimming competition. Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star Tom Threadingham


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