Mary River Rockets swimmers Courtney Smith, Emma Murphy, Amy McKitrick and Georgie Barrie.
Mary River Rockets swimmers Courtney Smith, Emma Murphy, Amy McKitrick and Georgie Barrie. Alistair Brightman

Rockets ready for take off

MARY River Rockets' awesome foursome is ready to soar to new heights at this weekend's Queensland Short Course Championships.

It's been six months since Courtney Smith, Emma Murphy, Amy McKitrick and Georgie Barrie launched into their first major swim meet, the state sprint titles.

But under the watchful eyes of coach Sally McKitrick, these ambitious and dedicated girls, aged 10 and 11, have shown the determination needed to improve.

"After their first major meet, they now have the fire in the belly and can't wait to do it again," McKitrick said.

"They've come back with even bigger goals. I'm confident they'll achieve what they want."

What they want might not be a medal, but a top-20 finish in some of their events and personal best times are high on their wish list.

The four girls will do nine events between them during the three-day carnival in Brisbane, with Georgie and Amy to tackle three events each.

Progressing every time they hit the water, McKitrick said the girls are reaping the benefits of their busy winter training schedule, which consisted of seven-and-a-half hours a week in the pool, perfecting their strokes.

"They've shown they're dedicated just by coming to training 6 o'clock in the morning and training at 5.30 at night," she said.

"It's necessary because it's hard to make the qualifying times unless you do the training.

"It's the top in the state that goes so it's not an easy thing to get to. But I'm not surprised the girls are getting what they want because they always come to training and never pike out."



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