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States are always a huge occasion as Queensland is regarded as one of the strongest swimming regions in the world. Some of the qualifying times are only a smidgen off Nationals and just making the event, especially in distance is a massive achievement and takes a huge amount of dedication from the swimmers and families involved. As a club we had x11 athletes qualify for states with x9 entering the event.

The campaign started sadly with Olympian Paige sustaining an injury prior, having to pull out of the competition. It was great to have her attend some of the sessions to cheer on her new teammates, thank you Paige! Unfortunately, new Club member April also sustained a hand injury prior and also had to pull out.

The Broadwater Sharks Swim team are so proud of each of our swimmers who competed, and some highlights included the following;

  • Olympian Madeline McTernan took home x6 state medals with x2 Silvers & x4 Bronze in her Open Multiclass Events

  • Sienna Mercer swum x6 personal best times out of x8 events, qualified for x3 finals and broke the elusive 35 second mark in 50m Breaststroke in the 13yo girls

  • Emmersen Nunn swum x3 personal bests out of x5 events and qualified for x2 finals. In her 200m Backstroke she swum an incredible 5.98s PB to make the final in the 14yo girls

  • Emilia Zeh swum an incredible 200m Fly with a 6.24s PB to qualify for the final in the 15yo girls

  • Ava Aspinal finished in the top 10 of QLD for the 18yo girls 50m Freestyle with a National Age qualifying time!

Justin Kim in his return to competitive swimming swum x2 PB’s out of three events & Joshua Kearney swum his fastest 50m Breast time in a long time setting him up for a strong start to 2024!


As a club we finished 44th in the state out of 107 clubs who attended the championships and considering we didn’t field any relay teams this is an incredible achievement.

Thank you to Coach Ken for his passion and dedication to the athletes during the week and in the lead up to the event!


Day 1 – Relay Day

Mia & Arabella represented the Gold Coast in the 10yo Girls Category. The girls both swum fantastically bringing home Silver in both the 4x50 Freestyle and 4x50 Medley. Arabella swum Freestyle in both relays smashing her PB with low 32s in both swims and Mia brought home the Freestyle relay with an incredible 31.33 and a solid swim as the Fly leg in the Medley. Well done girls, your first state medals of many!


Day 2

21st - Sienna 100m Freestyle / 1.02.54 -1.08pb

25th – Emmersen 100m Fly / 1.11.03

7th – Emilia 400m IM / 5.22.02


Day 3

12th – Sienna 200m IM / 2.34.92 -2.12pb

6th – Emilia 200m Fly / 2.30.03 -6.24pb

4th – Emmersen 200m Back / 2.26.90 -5.98pb / National Age Time


9th – Emilia 200m Fly / 2.31.78

5th – Emmersen 200m Back / 2.28.86


Day 4

9th – Ava 50m Free / 27.98

70th – Josh 50m Free / 26.68

126th – April 50m Free / 31.83 – sadly April sustained a broken finger prior to the meet and had to pull out of the rest of competition

25th – Sienna 50m Free / 28.83 -0.53pb

3rd – Madeline 50m Free / 28.49

4th – Sienna 100m Breast / 1.17.32 / National Age Time

12th – Emmersen 200m Fly / 2.37.76

24th – Justin 100m Back / 1.04.59 -0.09pb

17th – Emilia 100m Breast / 1.21.60


3rd – Madeline 50m Free / 28.41

6th – Sienna 100m Breast / 1.17.50


Day 5

28th – Justin 50m Back / 29.77 -1.24pb

19th – Emmersen 50m Back / 32.92 -1.16pb / National Age Time

2nd – Madeline 50m Back / 33.04

6th – Sienna 200m Breast / 2.52.74 / National Age Time

3rd – Madeline 400m Free / 4.45.70


3rd – Madeline 50m Back / 33.18

8th – Sienna 200m Breast / 2.54.94


Day 6

30th - Emilia 50m Fly / 30.65 -0.77pb

64th - Josh 50m Fly / 29.35

26th – Sienna 50m Fly / 31.92 -0.05pb

1st – Madeline 100m Back / 1.13.27

5th – Emmersen 100m Back / 1.08.40 -1.99pb / National Age Time

3rd – Madeline 200m Free / 2.16.06

12th – Emilia 200m Breast / 2.54.93


2nd – Madeline 100m Back / 1.12.15

5th – Emmersen 100m Back / 1.08.19 -0.21pb

2nd – Madeline 200m Free / 2.16.08


Day 7

23rd – Emilia 50m Breast / 37.18

15th – Josh 50m Breast / 32.77

26th – Justin 50m Breast / 34.27

5th – Sienna 50m Breast / 35.50 / National Age Time

12th – Emilia 200m IM / 2.35.25

7th – Madeline 100m Free / 1.01.25

30th – Emilia 100m Fly / 1.11.04

3rd – Madeline 200m IM / 2.42.74


5TH – Sienna 50m Breast / 34.96 -0.19pb

9th – Madeline 100m Free / 1.01.90

3rd – Madeline 200m IM / 2.42.05

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