Talented teen claims another swim crown

Chelsea Gubecka, winner of the 3.8km race at the Kings of The Coast races, Lake Kawana.
Chelsea Gubecka, winner of the 3.8km race at the Kings of The Coast races, Lake Kawana. Iain Curry

Teenager Chelsea Gubecka is itching to test her wares against the big names of the sport at the national championships at Adelaide next month after stringing together a sequence of strong results.

The 14-year-old is a promising pool swimmer but has made her mark in open water recently.

She won the Queensland open water title (10km) at Bokarina in October and beat Olympian Melissa Gorman to win the Australian open water title (10km) at Lake Macquarie last month to earn a berth at the Swimming World Championships in Barcelona in September.

The in-form youngster also won the Mooloolaba Mile Ocean Swim last month and yesterday she continued her streak by claiming the 3.8km Kings of the Coast title at Lake Kawana.

Now she's keen to return to the pool and will look to make her mark at the Australian Age Championships and at the Australian Swimming Championships.

"I really enjoyed the race at Lake Kawana and it was good to use it as a training session ahead of the age group and open swimming titles, where I want to see how close I can be to being up the top, especially in the longer distance events," she said.

Gubecka intends to contest the 800m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 400m individual medley and 200m butterfly in the national championships and will add 100m and 200m events to her schedule for the age championships.

The Mountain Creek Mooloolaba contender won yesterday's race, which was relocated after organisers deemed conditions to be unstable at Kings Beach, in a time of 44 minutes 27.21 to beat fellow teenagers Emily Seymour (45:54.89) and Sarah Thompson (47:24.42).

"I have done surf lifesaving before," she said.

"I enjoy swimming in the surf but think it (conditions at Lake Kawana) definitely suited pool swimmers," she said.

"It was only a 3.8km course but it was a bit similar to the one which will be at Barcelona for the world championships so that was a really good practice run for that.

"The world champs course is a similar rectangular-shaped course. It's in the bay of the Mediterranean and it should be relatively flat if the winds are calm."

Gubecka's siblings, Jordan, Chloe and Colby, also won their respective divisions.

Meanwhile, Albany Creek competitor Joshua Richardson won the men's division in 41:33.66, beating Marcus Hall (42:53.56) and Brenden Hall (43:03.87).

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