Rum City Masters swimmers shone at the State Long Course Championships, (front, from left) Sue Brennan, Lexie Towner, Alison Vercoe, (middle) Tracy Dunn, Bruce Bass, Ros Hodge, Sharon Walsh, (back) Will Milford, Edmond D’Albret and George Green.
Rum City Masters swimmers shone at the State Long Course Championships, (front, from left) Sue Brennan, Lexie Towner, Alison Vercoe, (middle) Tracy Dunn, Bruce Bass, Ros Hodge, Sharon Walsh, (back) Will Milford, Edmond D’Albret and George Green. Contributed

Dunn deal for age title

TRACY Dunn led the charge with six gold medals as the Rum City club bagged a staggering 26 gold, nine silver and seven bronze in the Queensland Masters Long Course Championships in Hervey Bay.

The turbo-powered Dunn claimed the 45-49 years age championship, blitzing the opposition in the 400m, 200m, 100m and 50m breaststroke, 400m individual medley (IM) and 200m butterfly.

Trudy Ford also did brilliantly with five gold, in 200m, 100m and 50m breaststroke and 100m and 50m butterfly, but club coach Daph Soppa said she missed one event, which cost her an age title.

Soppa was second in the 75-79 years age group after winning four of her six events - 200m and 50m breaststroke and 100m and 50m butterfly - and finishing second in her other two races, the 200m IM and 100m breaststroke.

"William Milford, who has moved to Brisbane but still competes for Rum City, also had a good meet, with three gold, in 30-35 years 200m, 100m and 50m breaststroke, and one silver and one bronze," Soppa said.

"Also Bruce Bass, competing after having a break, was back to his best form, finishing third in the 45-49 age group with three gold, in 50m and 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly."

Soppa said Alison Vercoe, who was competing for Rum City for the first time, was a find, posting some incredible times to be third overall in her age group with three gold, in 50m backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, and silver in 50m butterfly.

"However, Lexie Towner had a mixed weekend due to lack of preparation but still managed two gold, in 400m and 100m butterfly, one silver and two bronze, while George Green won two gold in his pet events, 50m and 100m backstroke, with times that belied his age," she said.

"Club secretary Roslyn Hodge put in her usual good effort all round, including two silver and two bronze in 60-64 years, while Sue Brennan won bronze in the 200 free and had a PB in her 50 free but only came in fourth, which was still a good effort considering the talent that was there."

Soppa was also pleased with the performances of two other team members, Edmond D'Albret and Sharon Walsh.

"Edmond only took up swimming in the past 18 months but is improving all the time and will be a force to be reckoned with in the free and backstroke events. He was also an integral member of our relay teams," she said.

"Sharon also had a good meet, improving her times, and although just out of medal contention, it was good to see her competing and supporting the club.

"What an exciting weekend of swimming, especially as we had relay teams in both the men's and the women's events for the first time in 10 years at the state championships."

The club's other four medals came in the relays, two silver and two bronze.



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