Waterworx swimmers Ryan Smith, Jacinta Ticehurst, Mollie O'Callaghan and Hazel Hogan.
Waterworx swimmers Ryan Smith, Jacinta Ticehurst, Mollie O'Callaghan and Hazel Hogan. Rob Williams

Waterworx team 'race ready' for state titles

BEING in a rebuilding phase, the traditionally strong Waterworx Swimming Club is focusing on individual events rather than the relays at the state titles starting this weekend.

Only two of the Springfield-based club's swimmers are involved in regional relays. Sisters Sophie and Mollie O'Callaghan will represent Brisbane teams before concentrating on their individual events.

Sophie is contesting the freestyle, butterfly and backstroke in her 15 years age group. She will swim every day at the championships.

Mollie is lining up in 12 years backstroke and freestyle disciplines.

Ten other Waterworx swimmers are also competing in individual events over the week at Chandler.

They include Smith brothers Ryan, 18, and 15-year-old Dylan who will focus on distance freestyle, individual medley and breaststroke events between them.

International Paralympian Kayla Clarke has a big multi-class program as she continues her progress from neck and shoulder injuries.

"This will be one of her first meets back so we'll see how she goes,'' Waterworx head coach Paul Sansby said.

Hazel Hogan is lining up in the 200m breaststroke with Jacinta Ticehurst swimming the 100m and 200m butterfly.

Senior club swimmer Lucy Bedford is also targeting the 100m and 200m butterfly.

Another experienced Waterworx competitor Matthew Vander Zant is set to swim the 17/18 years 200m butterfly.

His sister Sonya is targeting the 100m and 200m backstroke.

Iwin Kaczmar-Donaghue's main events are the 200m and 400m freestyle.

Violet Baleinagasau is competing in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Sansby said his squad had been training hard and swimming in a number of competitions over the past seven weeks leading up to the annual championships.

"The kids have got plenty of racing under their belts this year,'' he said.

"We should be in the medals in a few events and hopefully most of them will make finals.

"We'll see how we go. We're in a bit of a rebuild phase at the minute.''



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