Ella Craig competing in the girls 12 and under 50 LC metre breaststroke.
Ella Craig competing in the girls 12 and under 50 LC metre breaststroke. Brenda Strong

Records fall at big CQ swimming meet in Gladstone

THE weather gods smiled and provided pristine conditions for the Liquid Energy CQ Swim Meet on Saturday at which 66 pool records were smashed.

Gladstone Gladiators hosted the meet and were authoritative in their home pool to win the High Point Club winners trophy by finishing the meet with 5369 points, to ease past Western Suburbs and Boyne-Tannum which finished second and third respectively in the overall club category.

Gladiators publicity officer Carol McLean said the conditions could not have been more conducive to quick times and the records broken demonstrated that.

"The weather was just perfect for them to swim some amazing times," she said.

Eleven clubs from throughout Central Queens- land were represented at the meet, with 170 swimmers from under-7s to under-17s and over making an appearance in Gladstone, as competitors attempted to qualify for state and national titles.

"There were quite a few who qualified for state titles with times they recorded on the weekend," McLean said.

The Gladiators managed to produce a number of age champions from the weekend, with Annabel Waugh, Ruby Lawler, Coby Richardson, Drew Bebendorf, Ayden Tchernegovski, Jack Cartwright, Scott Randle and Andrew McLean all winning their respective age groups.

Their outstanding results were the product of some serious hard work during the lead-up to the meet.

"They're all in full training at the moment, with our seniors doing eight sessions per week, usually five mornings and three afternoons, and the juniors obviously do a little less but it just depends on their capabilities," McLean said.

Local clubs provided strong contingents on the weekend, with Boyne-Tannum represented by a 43-strong team, Western Suburbs 41, Gladstone 35 and Rockhampton City with 24 swimmers on Saturday.

McLean paid tribute to all volunteers on the weekend and said the Gladiators were encouraged by their results, with the club also producing six age champion runners-up on the day.

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