CARNIVAL SUCCESS: Springfield Central State High School swim team members (from left) Casandra O’Grady, Katrina O’Grady, Hazel Hogan, Marni Balmforth, Emily Golebiowski, Phoebe Balmforth, Dennis Deev and Alexia Stewart-Burt.
CARNIVAL SUCCESS: Springfield Central State High School swim team members (from left) Casandra O’Grady, Katrina O’Grady, Hazel Hogan, Marni Balmforth, Emily Golebiowski, Phoebe Balmforth, Dennis Deev and Alexia Stewart-Burt. Inga Williams

Springfield Central High dives into new challenge

SPRINGFIELD Central State High may be a relatively new kid on the school sporting block.

But the school is not letting that hinder its ambition to become a regional sporting leader in the not-too-distant future.

This year is the second in a row the school has claimed the Yagera District swimming carnival, with seven swimmers competing at the Met West regional carnival.

"The young swimmers coming through are our strength," said the school's head of health and physical education, Jason Evans.

Two of those have qualified for the state titles at Chandler later this month.

Hazel Hogan ,12, qualified for state titles in 200m individual medley, 50m and 100m breaststroke but will only contest the 50m breaststroke at the states.

Dennis Deev, 11, will contest the 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke.

Hogan trains at Waterworx Swim Club, Springfield.

Her confidence is super-high heading into state titles having beaten national champion Sophie Terry in the 50m breaststroke at the regional titles.

It came as no surprise to the confident student.

"I was quite happy about it," she said.

"I wasn't really surprised because I'd been training hard."

The breaststroke specialist hopes she can translate that form into a spot at the national titles for a second successive year.

"I think I can do better this year," she said.

The school's swimming success follows its win of the cross country district carnival as well.

It marks the ambition of the school to become a leader of sport in the region as both grow.

The nearest 50m school to Springfield is either Bundamba or Corinda.

Evans and his swimmers would love nothing more than for Ipswich City Council to invest in a 50m outdoor public pool in the area.



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