Tweed assault on titles
By ADAM WRATTEN
EIGHT Tweed swimmers kick off their NSW state championship campaigns today at Sydney's Homebush Aquatic Centre.
Sixteen swimmers from the Kingscliff and Twin Towns clubs have a busy schedule ahead of them at the championships, which run to Sunday.
Kingscliff Swimming Club head coach Greg Salter said the club's older swimmers would use the championships as a launching pad for what would be an action packed year.
Three of its swimmers, backstrokers Ethan Rolff, 22, Taylia Zimmmer, 19, and Sophie Edington, 19, will all be in action today in their respective 100m backstroke heats.
Twin Towns Swimming Club coach Andrew Hunter, who is taking down the club's biggest squad for a state championships, said Ryan Gambin, 19, would today have a crack at his pet event the 100m butterfly, Matthew Lance, 15, would compete in the 200m butterfly, new club member Lynton Hurt, 13, would start his busy program, Courtney Tymon, 14, would be involved in the 100m butterfly and Shari Fletcher, 17, in the 100m backstroke.
Hunter said he was hopeful Gambin would get the club off to a good start in what was his favourite event at the meet.
"Ryan is in his pet 100m butterfly, which I would rather have seen scheduled for the second day," Hunter said.
"He should get into the final no trouble.
"Then he is going to have to produce his best, but should get onto the podium. There are a few good contenders."
Salter said most of the Kingscliff swimmers flew to Sydney late yesterday, with the rest to follow later in the week. The Twin Towns swimmers flew down yesterday.
Others involved in this week's action are Twin Towns swimmers Lauren Tucker, 15, and Sara Marson, 15, and Kingscliff swimmers Abbey Watt, 19, Matt Abood, 18, Cameron Peters, 16, Hayley White, 15, Tyler Pollack, 14, and Deaghlan Barnes, 13.