Cooper in golden display
TRINITY Lismore Swimming Club attended the Lack Group Queensland Qualifying Swimming Championships under lights at the new Southport Aquatic Centre last weekend.
It was the first swimming meet at the new centre since the 2014 Pan Pac Swimming Championships.
Members of the Australian swimming team competed at the meet, including Melanie Slanger and Lieston Pickett.
Trinity swimmer Jemma Cooper had a tremendous carnival, picking up gold medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke and silver in the 100m breastroke.
The 15-year-old has qualified for the Australian Swimming Championships in April.
She also broke 15-year-old North Coast swimming records in the 100m and 200m backstroke and set a new open 200m backstroke record.
Cooper, along with Trinity swimmers Georgia Callaghan and Alexander McKenna, are part of the Swimming NSW National Age Development Program.
She will join 16-year-old Trinity swimmer Samantha McKenna at the national championships in 2015.
Samantha McKenna, in the Swimming NSW A Squad National Development Program, won gold in the 800m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 200m breastroke. She also came second in the 50m breastroke, being narrowly beaten by Commonwealth Games swimmer Lieston Pickett.
Other excellent results were achieved at the carnival with Alexander McKenna notching three personal-best times, taking second in the 400m individual medley and third in the open 100m butterfly.
Elsie Cooper, 12, was third in the 200m individual medley with a six-second personal-best time and gold medals in the 100m and 200m breastroke.
Aiden Jenson qualified for the Swimming NSW country and state championships along with teammate Mackenzie Callaghan who swam a best time in the 100m breastroke, qualifying her for the country championships.
Macy Jenson swam three personal-best times and qualified for the state championships while Keely Foster also finished with three personal-best times.
The swimmers are training for the Queensland championships in Brisbane next month.
For more information about joining the North Coasts Champion Swimming Club phone Mrs Johnson on 6627 6610.