SWIM CHAMPS: Kate McDonald (13) Jacob Dewis (12), and Emily Vique (11) will compete at the Queensland State Sprints Meet this weekend, pictured with coach Jacinta Pennisi.
SWIM CHAMPS: Kate McDonald (13) Jacob Dewis (12), and Emily Vique (11) will compete at the Queensland State Sprints Meet this weekend, pictured with coach Jacinta Pennisi.

Swimmers heading to Qld sprints

THREE swimmers from Whitsunday Swimming Club will attend the Queensland Sprint Championships this weekend in Brisbane.

Jacob Dewis, 12, Kate McDonald, 13, and Emily Vique, 11, will attend the meet at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre on February17-18.

The meet attracts the best sprint swimmers in Queensland and is a huge achievement for the young athletes.

After the closure of the Proserpine Swimming Pool in the past six months, swimming coach Jacinta Pennisi said it was a credit to the swimmers to continue to compete at such elite levels and showed their dedication and resilience.

Competing in her fifth state meet, Kate's mum said she hoped to make a final.

"She's pretty confident as a young swimmer, with the goal of beating her personal bests this time around and is on track to do so,” Sue McDonald said.

Kate qualified for the open breaststroke heats this time around, where she will compete against swimmers much older than herself.

"She has a goal of finishing in the top 10,” MrsMcDonald said.

Kate is travelling to Brisbane on Friday and was excited to have other club members joining her this time around.

In her second Queensland swimming meet, Emily's goal is to make nationals after placing 20th overall previously.

Her dad Martin Vique said they approached the heats with the motto "have fun and swim fast”.

All three swimmers have been training hard and are on track to achieve new personal bests in Brisbane, where they will compete against the top swimmers in the state.