Swimmers hold their own

IT'S tough competition out there in the water but Gladstone is "holding their own".

The Queensland State Championships has seen a week of personal bests being broken and even a gold medal.

Swimmers have been up against not only state competition but international as well.

Approximately 1700 competitors came from all over the world.

Competitors from as far as Switzerland, Thailand and Japan came to compete.

Not to mention talented home-grown Queenslanders.

It was a face-off and Gladstone has done well against the competition.

Despite the tough competition Gladstone has been smashing it in the pool.

One of our locals - 16-year-old Alex Williams - took home gold in the in the 200 metre individual medley.

Carol McLean said Alex was pretty excited to win gold although she wasn't too surprised.

"Alex is a national swimmer and his best event is the individual medley.

"They are all swimming great times, as they say they're 'smashing it'.

"A lot of kids swam yesterday (Thursday), it was a huge day in the pool," she said.

"Competition is tough but they are holding their own out there," Ms Mclean said.

Great times and personal bests were on the menu yesterday with eight shaving seconds off their own personal bests.

Aden, 12, beat his PB by one second and qualified 10th for the final and 8th overall.

Jacinta, 11, beat her PB by three-and-a-half seconds in the 200 metre breast stroke and finished 15th overall.

Edwina, 14, beat PB by one second in the backstroke event.

"It was the biggest day and we are getting ready for the heats and finals," Mclean said.

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