19 Records Tumble in an Incredible Night of QG Swimming

SPLC Mollie Gould Cup920 athletes, 19 records and an Olympic Gold Medalist highlighted an incredible night of QGSSSA Swimming Wednesday.

The 82nd Annual Championships was fiercely contested by the ten QG schools in front of over 3000 spectators at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre.

St Peters Lutheran College and Moreton Bay College were neck and neck for the majority of the evening, with St Peters eventually retaining the Mollie Gould Aggregate Cup for the fourth consecutive year.

The girls from St Peters took home four Age Pennants and eight records for the night, highlighted by 17 year-old Ariane Titmus who smashed the Open 200m Freestyle record set by State High’s Haley Lewis back in 1991 by almost three seconds, finishing in 1:59.56.

Moreton Bay College were good enough to retain the Sheena Dyason Percentage Cup for the third year in a row, finishing ahead of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School and Clayfield College. MBC also took home the 16 Years Age Pennant.

Brisbane Girls Grammar School’s dual Junior World Record holder, Minna Atherton, set a new record in the 17 Years & Over 50m Backstroke, while fellow student Eliza King set new benchmarks in the 50m and 100m Freestyle for the 16 Years age group, slicing a full second off the latter event in a time of 56.16.

State High’s younger swimmers were extremely competitive with their 12 Years & Under cohort breaking four records and earning the Age Pennant for that division.

QGSSSA were honoured to have ex-Somerville House student and multiple Olympic gold medal winner Libby Trickett OAM to assist with the presentation ceremony where many excited girls had the opportunity to have their photo with the swimming legend.

The Association would like to convey its sincere thanks to the staff of Somerville House and Brisbane Girls Grammar School, as host schools for Swimming, for all their time and work put into the event.

A full summary of results and records can be found here.