Star sprinter claims gold as Gympie swimmers dominate sprint titles
SWIMMING: Gold Fins young gun Jasmin White (pictured), has spearheaded an outstanding performance by her Gympie teammates at the Queensland Sprint Titles in Brisbane.
The St Patrick's College student, 10 took home gold in the 50m freestyle with a scorching time of 30.19 seconds to go with her bronze in the 50m breast stroke, cementing herself as one of the best up-and-coming sprinters in the state.
"I was feeling really good (at the meet), I had a really good heat time but I definitely was not expecting first," the young gun told The Gympie Times.
"I was expecting maybe a top three, but I have been doing a lot of training leading up," White said.
Having competed at a state level through the school system, the Chandler meet was her first through the club program.
Gold Fins coach Libby Manthey said she was impressed by the level of competitiveness her charges showed at the state carnival, with over a dozen Gympie swimmers qualifying for the meet.
"The qualifying times are getting faster and faster so the kids did well just to get to there," Manthey said.
"We had a number of swimmers inside the top 12, a few in the top 15 and in the top 20. Almost every swimmer did a PB (personal best)."
Manthey said a strong club culture contributed to Gympie's success.
"We have a core group that are very competitive," she said.