BACK TO SCHOOL: Rocky swimmer Alanna Bowles is back from the Commonwealth Games and back in the class room at Emmaus College.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Rocky swimmer Alanna Bowles is back from the Commonwealth Games and back in the class room at Emmaus College. Chris Ison Rokccommonwealt

From Commonwealth Games back to a Rockhampton classroom

IT WAS back to school yesterday for Australia's rising swim star Alanna Bowles.

"It's definitely a big reality check," the 16-year-old said on resuming classes at Emmaus College.

"It's a big difference going from another country and representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games to being back in Rocky and back at school."

Alanna is quickly settling back into her routine after an impressive Games performance, which saw her produce a personal best time of 8:24.74 to finish fourth in the 800m freestyle final.

She also narrowly missed the 200m butterfly final, finishing ninth overall in 2:12.31.

Alanna arrived home on Friday and was back in the pool yesterday, preparing for the 2014 Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast from August 21 to 24.

She is still clearly excited about her Games debut.

"Just being part of the Australian team, with people like Cameron McEvoy, James Magnussen and Alicia Coutts, was such a huge experience for me," she said.

"I used to look up to them and now people are looking up to me. It's such a life-changing experience."

Alanna was a spectator at a swimming carnival at the weekend and was inundated with requests for autographs and photographs.

"It's pretty cool to be back, with everyone coming up to me and saying congratulations. Everyone is pretty excited."

Alanna said her main focus now was the 2016 Olympics.

"My ultimate goal is Rio 2016," she said. "It's looking pretty good at the moment so hopefully I can get in and represent Australia again there."