Swimmers converge for Harbour City meet
ABOUT 250 swimmers from throughout Central Queensland will vie for honours when the 26th annual Harbour City Swim meet gets under way at Gladstone Memorial Pool on Saturday.
Competitors from throughout the Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions, including a contingent from Blackwater, will be in action for two days of competition at what has become one of CQ's most popular events.
The only carnival in CQ to boast fully electronic timing and touch pads, the meet has long been one of the biggest drawcard s on the region's swimming calendar.
Among the strong field of swimmers will be 40 from the host Gladstone Gladiators club while fellow Gladstone district outfits Western Suburbs (30), Boyne/Tannum (29) and Gladstone Souths (13) will also have a piece of the action.
Rockhampton club Caribae will return to defend the high points title its swimmers captured last year ahead of Bundaberg's Fairymead and Rockhampton City.
Gladstone Gladiators' male swimmers will be keen to repeat their effort of last year when they topped the points in their section and the club finished fourth overall.
Among the more popular events at this weekend's carnival are the 50m Dash for Cash on Sunday morning and the 4x50m freestyle relays in the 10-and-under, 13/u and open age groups on Saturday afternoon.
Finals in all age divisions will be contested about midday and late afternoon Saturday and about midday Sunday. Competition starts at 9am on both days.