Relay girls all for one and one for all
FOUR Coffs Harbour swimmers are hoping to establish national qualifying times when they contest relays at the State titles in January.
Sarah Pickering, 13, Stephanie Sprott, 14, Caitlyn Hedditch, 13, and Brodie Murray, 13 will contest the 4 x 50 metres freestyle and medley relays at Homebush.
Kate Brennan was part of the team before she moved to Woolgoolga Swimming Club and she was replaced by Brodie Murray who moved to Coffs Harbour midway through last year from Port Macquarie.
The girls will contest the 13/14 years age group after achieving qualifying times for freestyle at Macksville and for medley at Port Macquarie in block carnivals held earlier this year.
In the medley relay, Sarah will swim the freestyle leg, Stephanie will do breaststroke, Caitlyn backstroke and Brodie will do butterfly.
The girls have been in training since August when they began their preparations at the heated pool at Sawtell.
Coffs Harbour coach Cheryl Neville said over the past three months the girls have been training six or seven times a week.
At the State titles the girls must reach qualifying times of 2:00 for freestyle and 2:14 for medley if they are to reach the nationals next year.
"They all want to get a taste of what the nationals are like so it is something for them to strive for," Cheryl said.
Coffs Harbour swimmer Codey Gray has also qualified for the State titles has entered the 200 metres freestyle, 100 metres freestyle, 50 metres freestyle and 100 metres breaststroke.
Codey's aim will be to qualify for the finals and to try and stay in touch with the top swimmers in his age group.
"He really wants to qualify for the nationals although he will be competing in an age group above his own which will make it pretty tough," Cheryl said.