Swimmers watch clock at championships
PACIFIC GAMES: Bundaberg's Connor Simms has more motivation than most to do well at the Pacific Games.
The teenager will compete in his first and last championships this week in Adelaide, aiming to end his schooling career on a high.
Competing in eight events, including six relays, the Shalom College student's focus will be on times in his main events, the 50m and 100m freestyle.
Simms is chasing times for next year's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games trials.
"Lucky for my 50 and 100 I'm only 0.2 seconds off (the time), so I've only got to drop a little bit of time to make it,” he said.
"It's really exciting to know I'm just off the times.”
Simms said he was confident of doing the times after not swimming competitively much recently.
Joining Simms at the event will be fellow Fairymead swimmers Macson Cottle, Jordan Smith and Jaime Krueger.
Cottle will compete in five events in his first big meet injury free since breaking his elbow last year.
"I've been training hard and I should do really well,” he said.
"I wasn't able to compete at the state titles so I shouldn't have been eligible.
"But I submitted my times and they picked me, so I'm really happy.”
Krueger said she would aim to be calmer and focus on one event at a time leading into her events.
For Smith, he was confident he could make the final in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
The swimmers will start racing on Monday.