Makeea wins medals upon medals

Twelve-year-old Makeea Schimke with her seven medals from the Darling Downs trials at the Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre. PHOTOS: ANNETTE EGGLESTON

Toogoolawah twelve-year-old Makeea Schimke had one of her best days in the pool on Wednesday February 28, qualifying for race after race in the Darling Downs trials.

Representing West Zone, Schimke raced her peers at Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre where she beat all of her personal best records.

Schimke won 1st in 200m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, and 100m butterfly, 2nd in 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly, 3rd in 50m butterfly and 5th in 100m freestyle.

“I also made it in the two relays,” Schimke said.

Schimke said butterfly and breast were her favourite strokes.

“I can’t really choose between those two,” she said.

“I find them easier than freestyle and backstroke, because a lot of people don’t really do them but it seems really easy to me.”

She said she was worried about the competition for her freestyle races.

“That’s the one I haven’t really been training for, but I still made it in, surprisingly,” she said.

Schimke said she had improved significantly because of her coaches at the Glennie Swimming Club in Toowoomba, Stephanie Bearkley and Dan Eagleson.

“They’ve helped me improve a lot,” Schimke said.

“I’ve grown with my times and stroke format.

“I’ve improved a lot on my freestyle, and just how I do my strokes.”

Schimke said she was excited for the school states competition at Chandler Arena, at the Brisbane Aquatics Centre.

She will compete on the last week of school in March.