LENNOX HEAD swimmer Keatyn Simpson, will contest three breaststroke events at the National Swimming Championships in Sydney sta
LENNOX HEAD swimmer Keatyn Simpson, will contest three breaststroke events at the National Swimming Championships in Sydney sta

No egg on Keatyn's face

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au LIKE most teenagers on Easter Sunday, Lennox Head's Keatyn Simpson won't be gobbling down chocolate eggs.

Instead she'll be preparing for the meet of her life when she lines up at the National Swimming Championships - which doubles as the selection carnival for the Beijing Olympics - at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre.

Simpson, a breaststroker, will start her campaign on in the heats of the 100m breaststroke competing against the likes of Liesel Jones, Tarnee White and Jade Edmistone.

Ranked 15th, Simpson's aim is to make the final.

To do so she'll have to swim a personal best of around 1:10s, about two seconds faster than her previous best.

The 16-year-old Aqua Z swimmer will also compete in the 50m breaststroke and the 200m breaststroke.

Perhaps Simpson's best chance of a final is the 50m breaststroke where she is ranked seventh.

However, only the 50m freestyle is an Olympic event with all other events contested over 100m or more.

This season the Southern Cross K-12 Year 10 student has been in great form.

Only last month she snared five gold and two silver medals at the NSW Country Championships.

While the selection trials will be a big test for the teenager, Simpson will focus most of her energy at next month's Australian Age Championships in Sydney.

However, one of her good friends won't be. Brisbane schoolgirl Emily Seebohm, who shot to stardom last year when missing the 50m backstroke world record by 0.01s at her school carnival, is a real chance of being on the plane to Beijing.

Simpson and Seebohm became good friends while swimming at the Pacific School Games together.

Meanwhile, clubmate Jacqueline Freney will also compete in the multi-disability events.

Former Ballina Indoor swimmers Adam Pine, Jonathon Newton and Kate Johnson will also have starts.

Pine is aiming to make his third Olympic team as a butterflyer.

He is ranked third behind Matthew Targett and Andrew Lauterstein.

Newton is ranked second in his pet event the 50m freestyle behind new world record holder Eamon Sullivan.

Sullivan had his named smeared recently by American swimmer Gary Hall Jnr who intimated the West Australian's climb up the rankings in the blue ribbon sprint event was suspect.

Johnson, who now competes with the Sydney University club, is listed to start in the women's 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and the 200m freestyle.



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