Northern 16 hope to make splash at Queensland titles

LAUNCESTON will be represented by a large team at next week's Queensland swimming championships in Brisbane.

Sixteen swimmers from Launceston Aquatic who flew out yesterday will be the full complement from Tasmania, all having had to reach qualifying times.

The Queensland championships are recognised as the most competitive state titles and have attracted the cream of Australia's swimmers and entries from around the world, including Germany, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, France, South Africa and the UK.

The Launceston Aquatic team, accompanied by head coach Derek Taylor, will feature members who have qualified for the national age titles in Sydney in April. They include Ariarne Titmus, who has qualified for six national events, Kit De Jonge (five) and Angus O'Toole.

The Queensland tour will be an opportunity for more Launceston swimmers to qualify for nationals.

Taylor said competing in Queensland was a tremendous opportunity for his squad.

``While they have already done exceptionally well to qualify, the event will provide the opportunity to experience the highest level of competition outside the nationals with superstars James Magnussen, Cameron McEvoy, Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Emily Seebohm competing,'' he said.

The championships will be held from today until Friday.

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