Marlins thrive at Country Regional meet

Country Regionals representatives (from left, back) Rhys Gleeson, Declan Sutton, Corey Gleeson, (front) Brayden Clark, Courtney Clark and Symon Gleeson
Country Regionals representatives (from left, back) Rhys Gleeson, Declan Sutton, Corey Gleeson, (front) Brayden Clark, Courtney Clark and Symon Gleeson

FIVE Macksville Marlins travelled to Charlestown to compete in the NSW Country Regional Meet – gaining considerably from the experience.

t was a great meet with two days of competitive racing with 438 competitors representing 59 clubs from Country NSW in attendance.

For swimmers Brayden Clark, Courtney Clark, Corey Gleeson, Rhys Gleeson and Symon Gleeson it was their first time attending a meet of this magnitude and gave them a taste of competitive swimming at this level.

They took it in their stride, however, with all of them achieving good placings in their events and a number of personal bests.

Declan Sutton was rewarded with four gold medals from his nine events and although placing 1st

in four events and second in another he was unable to receive medals in these events due to previous podium finishes at the NSW Country Championships in February 2016.

Macksville Marlins results:

CLARK, Brayden, male, age 8: 50m fly 12th, 100m free 12th PB, 50m back 6th PB, 50m free 16th.

CLARK, Courtney, female, age 10: 50m fly 14th, 100m free 16th PB, 50m breast 19th PB, 50m back 6th PB, 50m free 18th PB.

GLEESON, Corey, male, age 15: 100m back 13th PB, 50m fly 21st, 200m IM 17th, 100m free 28th PB, 50m breast 12th PB, 100m fly 19th, 50m back 13th, 50m free 26th PB.

GLEESON, Rhys, male, age 13: 50m fly 9th PB, 100m free 13th PB, 50m back 12th PB, 50m free 15th PB.

GLEESON, Symon, male, age 10: 50m free 25th.

SUTTON, Declan, male, age 14: 200m free 1st PB, 100m Back 1st EXH, 50m fly 1st EXH, 200m IM 1st, 100m free 1st, 100m fly 2nd EXH, 50m back 1st PB EXH, 50mfFree 1st, 200 back 1st EXH.

Meanwhile, this year Swimming North Coast will be trialling the use of online entries for the SNC Long Course Championships at Coffs Harbour on November 25-26 and for the Speedo Sprint Series heats in February 2018.