Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rogers Sisters Following Dad's Footsteps All the Way to Olympics

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rogers Sisters Following Dad's Footsteps All the Way to Olympics

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SWIMMING: Yeppoon sisters Dahlas and Lana Rogers are set to follow in their father's footsteps.

The Yeppoon Swim Club's dynamic duo were in the final in nine events at the Queensland State Swimming Championships last week.

The state's highest level swim meet, held at Brisbane's Chandler Aquatic Centre, brought back old memories for former Olympic medallist and proud dad Greg Rogers.

The veteran swimmer has instilled the discipline and dedication it takes to reach Olympic standards into his daughters.

aOur ultimate goal is the Olympic Games after London, as the girls are still fairly young,a he said.

The Rogers sisters placed in six of the nine events they competed in.

aThe girls won a total of six medals, two fourths and one seventh,a Greg said.

Sister Dahlas won gold in the 16-years 200m butterfly, silver in the 400m and 800m freestyle and bronze in the 200m and 100m butterfly.

Current National Interstate Surf Champion, Lana Rogers won bronze in the 400m IM along with celebrating her selection in the Queensland Cyclones Surf Team.

aThey both compete in surf life saving and Lana has been selected in state surf team who compete in Sydney next month,a Greg said.

Both girls will continue training over the summer break for the upcoming Australian Age Championships held at Brisbane's Chandler Aquatic Centre next Easter.

For Gracemere's Matilda Phelan and Quentin McBean it was an experience of a lifetime.

The Gracemere Swim Clubs duo competed in their first state meet at Brisbane.

Along with fellow Crescent Lagoon swimmer Kate Hudson the Gracemere youngsters swam national qualifying times.

Coach Terry Phelan said they all swam PBs, bettering their times by an average of four to five seconds.

aIt was a huge achievement by all swimmers, with 11-year-old Matilda walking away with four medals,a Phelan said.

Matilda was a huge competitor for her age group returning with a gold, silver and two bronze medals.

aShe won her 100m freestyle, came second in her 100m backstroke, and third in both 100m butterfly and 200m IM,a Phelan said. …

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