MAKING A SPLASH: Rockhampton's young swim stars Taryn Roberts and Ty Hartwell are set to compete on a national stage.
MAKING A SPLASH: Rockhampton's young swim stars Taryn Roberts and Ty Hartwell are set to compete on a national stage. Allan Reinikka ROK130916aswimmer

Swim duo makes splash

SWIMMING: Teenage talent Ty Hartwell will train alongside some of the country's best at a Queensland Swimming camp in Brisbane next week.

The Rocky City swimmer was invited to the Towards Tokyo camp after having achieved consistently high performances at meets in the past 12 months.

From there, Hartwell will fly to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra to represent Queensland at the state team championships.

The 15-year-old qualified for the event after bagging eight medals from his 11 events at last month's short course championships in Brisbane.

The team-based competition sees states go head-to-head in a variety of individual and relay events to score points for their state.

It is the first time Hartwell has swum at the championships and he is the only regional swimmer in the Queensland team. (The last swimmer from CQ to qualify was Alanna Bowles, who went on to swim at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.)

"I'm pretty excited about it. I've never been to something like this before so I'm looking forward to it,” Hartwell said.

"Training has been good, I've been working hard and hopefully I can do well in Canberra.”

While Hartwell heads south for competition, another budding young star has jetted north to swim at the national primary schools championships for the first time.

Taryn Roberts, 10, has a busy schedule. She will compete in the 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m medley relay, 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 200m free relay and the 400m all age relay.

She qualified to compete in Darwin after coming home with an eight-medal haul from the state championships in March.

"It should be good. I've got eight events but the 200m individual medley is probably my favourite,” she said.

"Swimming is lots of fun and you get to hang out with your friends.”



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