Ajay Toffoli in action at Pelican Waters.
Ajay Toffoli in action at Pelican Waters. Contributed

Gold Fins fire up in the pool

THE Gympie Gold Fins returned from Pelican Waters' sprint meet with more medals in their bags.

Club spokesperson Rachael Carlson said Gympie swimmers performed well against more than 600 other swimmers at the Sunshine Coast carnival.

"It was a great meet for our swimmers to qualify for the State Sprints held in the first weekend of February," Carlson said.

Gympie now has 12 swimmers qualified to attend the State Sprints.

They are Daniel Allen, Troy Carlson, Anna Cartwright, Darcy Cartwright, Katie Connolly, Lucy Connolly, Sammy Cumner, Elise Forward, Scott Gear, David Lee, Jasmine Long and Ajay Toffoli.

Twelve-year-old Anna Cartwright won silver in her 50m butterfly and broke the Gympie Gold Fins club record that stood for 19 years.

The time of 33 seconds flat beat the previous record held by Leah Dobbrick (24/10/1992) in a time of 33.78s.

Eight-year-old Abby Schooth also swam well picking up a silver medal in her 50m breaststroke event and pulled out an 18 second personal best in the 50m butterfly.

Scott Gear won silver in the 16 years boys 50m backstroke while his cousin Troy Carlson broke more records.

Carlson won the 50m butterfly and freestyle gained a silver for the 50m breaststroke and backstroke.

He was named nine years boys age champion. Older swimmers Kellie Gear (19) and Ellen Wheeler (18) also swam well.

Carlson said it was great for the club that the older girls turned up to compete.

"They help to inspire the younger swimmers," Carlson said.

The 17 swimmers from Gympie who attended Pelican Waters were Daniel Allen, Olivia and Troy Carlson, Anna and Darcy Cartwright, Jack Chambers, Lucy Connolly, Sammy Cumner, Elise Forward, Kellie and Scott Gear, Jasmine and Taylah Long, Abby Schooth and Ajay Toffoli.