Gladstone Gladiators swimmers starred in Rockhampton at the Central Queensland Beef City Swim meet.
Gladstone Gladiators swimmers starred in Rockhampton at the Central Queensland Beef City Swim meet. Submitted

Maclean fires to snare title

GLADSTONE’S Andrew Maclean became the Maverick of the pool with a win in Beef City Swim Meet’s ‘Top Gun’ event in Rockhampton to complement the great success of his fellow Gladiators over the weekend.

“Our coach was really happy, everyone swam really well and most of them posted personal best times,” Gladiator’s Anne Newton said.

Maclean blitzed the ‘Top Gun’ feature event in which the top eight swimmers at the meet contested eight consecutive 50-metre races with one person eliminated on each lap.

The young star also broke two Beef City records in the 50m freestyle (27.01 seconds) and 100m backstroke (1:07:84) en route to the 14 years age champion award.

Other age champions included Jack Cartwright (12 boys) and Sidoney Miller-Waugh (14 girls), who broke the 100m breast stroke record in a national qualifying time of 1:20:12.

Alex Williams, who competed at the Trans Tasman Championships earlier this year, was another strong competitor and achieved a record breaking 58.26 second swim in the 100m freestyle in the 15 and over category.

“He’s only 15 so to set a 15 and over record that’s really good,” Newton said.

Williams’ accomplishment follows an impressive performance at the State Teams Short Course Championships in Canberra last month where he broke the 15 years 50m breaststroke record with a 29.40 second scorcher and swam anchor for the 4x100m freestyle relay team in 50.60 seconds to win the gold medal.

“He’s a fantastic swimmer; he’s a future Olympian I think,” Newton said.

The Gladiators grabbed gold in the male freestyle relay and male medley relay, while the girls snared a bronze in the female medley relay at the Beef City meet.

“That was an early meet in our season and everybody started the season well; we’re all looking forward to another carnival coming up soon at Wests and our club is having a carnival in November,” Newton said.



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