MEDAL WINNERS: Coach Scott Hamlet with Jordan Smith, Connor Simms, Macson Cottle, Jamie Krueger and Caleb Spark after the national school championships in Darwin.
MEDAL WINNERS: Coach Scott Hamlet with Jordan Smith, Connor Simms, Macson Cottle, Jamie Krueger and Caleb Spark after the national school championships in Darwin. Paul Donaldson BUN260916SWIM1

Bundy swimmers dominate at nationals

IN EXCRUCIATING heat and humidity in Darwin, Bundaberg swimmers have shone on the national stage.

Competing at the national schools swimming carnival last week for their state in the 13-19 age group, five Fairymead swimmers bravely fought the elements to win medals and smash their personal bests.

Leading the charge was 13-year-old Jordan Smith who won gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle in his age group.

After also setting two new personal bests, including a 55-second time in the 100m, he said it was good to win at a national event.

"I'm especially happy with my 100m freestyle and smashing my personal best by three seconds,” he said.

"It does boost my confidence.”

Smith also won two gold medals in relay events.

He was joined by Jamie Krueger in the winners circle.

The 12-year-old won gold in the 200m freestyle and the 100m butterfly and said it was good to improve on her performance at her previous event.

"It proves how much (coaches) Paul and Scott have been training us,” she said.

"The next event for me is the state titles in December.”

Also winning gold was Macson Cottle, who took out the 50m breastroke in the 13-14 year old class.

Despite being thrilled with his victory in the event, Cottle said he was happier to beat New South Wales in the 4x50m medley relay.

"It was really good because in most years NSW pipped us,” he said.

"This time though we beat them by a second.”

Finally, Connor Simms and Caleb Spark each won a medal.

Simms won silver in the 100m freestyle in the 15-year-old boys class.

"It's really good to get a silver medal at a national school level,” he said.

"For all of us to do personal bests is always good, so a medal is a bonus.”

Spark won bronze in the 10x50m medley relay.

The four boys now travel to New Zealand to compete in the national short course championships this week.



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