13 August 2014
A squad of elite Australian swimmers are currently using the University of the Sunshine Coast’s pool in preparation for the fiercely contested 2014 Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast next week.
The squad of six open water swimmers includes Sunshine Coast locals Chelsea Gubecka and Kareena Lee, along with Jessica Walker, Jarrod Poort, Rhys Mainstone and Simon Huitenga.
They are being coached by Ron McKeon, father of Glasgow Commonwealth Games medallists Emma and David McKeon, and managed by former champion swimmer Josh Santacaterina.
This squad will be hoping for similar success to the USC-based High Performance Paralympic Squad that is returning from the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships held in California from 6-10 August with a swag of medals.
USC Clinical Exercise Science student Blake Cochrane claimed four gold medals, with wins in the 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley and the freestyle relay.
Other medal winners were:
- Michael Anderson – gold in 100m backstroke and men’s medley relay;
- Rick Pendleton – gold in medley relay, silver in 100m breaststroke and bronze in 200m individual medley;
- Jake Templeton – silver in 100m butterfly, bronze in 50m freestyle and 200m individual medley;
- Taylor Corry – gold in 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle and silver in 200m freestyle and 100m freestyle;
- Lakeisha “Lucky” Patterson – gold in the freestyle relay, a silver medal and four bronze medals.
Coach Jan Cameron said these results were particularly pleasing as the swimmers look forward to competing at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.
— Terry Walsh