Alstonville swimmers making a splash
THEY have already carved a way into Alstonville Swimming Club's record books - now they are ready to take on the state.
Max Dostine and Luke Danaher are preparing to represent their club at this weekend's Swimming NSW Country Championships.
The pair will be the small club's first representatives at the meet - which will feature some of the state's best young swimming talent from regional areas - in recent years.
Club president Andrew Dostine said it was great to see the pair take their place alongside such elite company.
"I have been president of the club for four years," he said.
"This is the first time we have sent swimmers down to this event since I have been here.
"For a small club, it is nice to see the fruits of your labour pay off.
"It is satisfying seeing both boys going well. I hope they do well (at the competition) and enjoy themselves."
The duo will take their places in two races at the competition, which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and is one of the biggest dates on the state's junior swimming calendar.
Max will participate in the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke, while Luke will line-up in the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.
The pair, who attend St John's College Woodlawn, earned their places after securing qualifying times at earlier tough events.
Andrew Dostine said the pair, who medalled at the NSW Country meeting in Lismore last month, were looking forward to the event.
"I think competition brings out the best in them," he said.
"They are both experienced swimmers and happy with how they are doing.
"We are not expecting them to place, but it should be a great experience for them to go down there."
Year 9 pair Max and Luke will be among scores of swimmers lining up at the event.
Other swimming clubs in the region, including Trinity Lismore, Ballina Indoor and Lismore Workers, will also be represented.
Dostine said his club, which has about 60 swimmers, was benefiting from the current popularity of the sport.
"We seem to have had a resurgence this season," he said.
"In the past few weeks, we have had some of our largest representative turnouts at meetings.
"I think we've had a boost from the Olympics. I think these things are cyclical (as well).
"It is great to see our swimmers doing well and we are really happy for them."