JUNIOR swimmers from all over central Queensland usually need little encouragement to get in the pool and swim fast.

But they received more incentive by being at Gladstone Aquatic Centre on the weekend, escaping the heat during races in stellar conditions by diving into the water.

In fact, they could have been forgiven if times were slower than usual, wanting to stay in the water longer, especially on Saturday morning, when the heat was searing.

While there were 240 swimmers competing, one team missed out, Planecreek Power, unable to attend due to road closures.

Despite not having the full complement of swimmers, Gladstone Gladiators president John Tumbers was delighted with the way the carnival ran and said the biggest meet held by the club each year could only have handled a handful more swimmers.

"We are very glad it went ahead. It was doubtful right up until the day," he said.

"We could have fit in a few more, but it was a good turnout. It is definitely our biggest meet of the year."

It was more than just a carnival for many of the swimmers.

Setting times good enough to qualify for the Queensland Championships was a high priority.

"We have had a number who have already qualified, 20 all up," Tumbers said.

"So those swimmers are trying to qualify for multiple events.

"We are hoping for some more too - 25 in total."



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