Hervey Bay Swimming Club member D’Arcie Wilson powers through the water in a 50m freestyle heat at Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.
Hervey Bay Swimming Club member D’Arcie Wilson powers through the water in a 50m freestyle heat at Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre. Karleila Thomsen

Kids pool together to beat clock

TAKING the plunge at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on a hot day sounds like a great idea.

More than 240 youngsters did just that - they were not chilling out though.

The weather was hot and so was the competition during the annual Hervey Bay Swimming Club Open Carnival.

The event is a qualifying one for getting times needed to swim in regional, state and national titles and swimmers from throughout south-east Queensland didn't leave anything in the tank.

Those in action included members of the three local clubs, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast, as well swimmers from Bundaberg, Gladstone and a few from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

One of the locals to shine was Cameron Preval.

The 15-year-old member of the Fraser Coast Swimming Club powered his way to a national qualifying time of 4min 58sec for the 400m individual medley.

Hervey Bay Swimming Club coach Paul Jones said although the numbers were down a little on last year, the carnival had still been competitive.

"This was the final qualifying event before we host the Wide Bay titles in a couple of weeks," Jones said.

"It was a case of all or nothing for a lot of swimmers - they needed to perform and most did.

"It was great to see that determination."

The Wide Bay Championships will be held on March 3-4 and it won't be long before the pool is filled again.

The Hervey Bay Humpbacks will host the Masters Swimming Australia Queensland Championships the following week.

Officials are estimating about 200 swimmers from across the state will be in action during the three-day event.