Zac just too swift
ZAC Swift saved his best for last, claiming the boys' 13 years 100m backstroke gold medal in the Swimming Queensland State Championships at Chandler.
He was the Fairymead club's last swimmer at the meet, and after winning seven silver medals over the first seven days of competition, coach Paul Simms had been hopeful of going home with one gold, and Swift delivered in style.
The St Luke's Anglican School student had been one of their silver medallists, narrowly beaten in the 100m freestyle. But there was no stopping him this time as he picked up his first state age gold.
"I didn't even go to these championships last year because I hadn't been training enough, but I won the 50m freestyle and got a couple of seconds and a third at the state short-course," Swift said.
"But there is no 50m at the state and this was one of the ones I am best at and I did a two-to-three-second PB (personal best) to win it and I'm pretty proud of that.
"I also did a one and a half-second PB to get second, and I also got one gold in the freestyle regional (Wide Bay) relay."
Simms was in awe of his winning performance.
"I knew Zac was going to do something special in backstroke and he swam really well. And he also made the finals of the 200m medley and 100 'fly," Simms said.
Their other five individual medals were also won by St Luke's students with Charles Cox bagging three of them in the boys' 12 years 100m and 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley in his Fairymead swansong.
Kyle Rethamel snared silver in both the boys' 14 years 100m and 100m butterfly.
Cox, who will move to Brisbane in the new year to continue his schooling at St Joseph's Nudgee and his swimming with the Brothers club, had been hopeful of gold.
"I really wanted to win both butterflies, but I did lots of pretty big PBs and I was pretty happy because the kid who beat me, Cameron Usher, turned 13 the day after the meet started," Cox said.
Rethamel had won the 200m butterfly last year and got silver in the 100m but he, too, was happy.
"The boy who beat me in both, Dominic Richardson, is the Australian champion, so it's all good," Rethamel said.
Rethamel also brought home two golds as a member of regional freestyle and medley relay teams, while Cox picked up silver in the 200m regional medley relay and bronze in the 200m freestyle relay.
Fairymead's first silver of the titles was achieved by their boys' 10 years 4x50m medley combination of Indy Burt (backstroke), Macson Cottle (breaststroke), Lachlan McClure (butterfly) and Simms' son Connor (freestyle).
"Connor and Macson recorded the fastest times for their strokes in the event and Macson is only nine, but Indy made the state primary schools team this year, and he, Connor and Lachlan are the next generation of Charlies, Kyles and Swiftys," Simms said.
Burt, Cottle and Simms each also won one gold in regional relay teams, while Simms also claimed a regional freestyle relay bronze.