Clubs make a splash

ABOUT 186 swimmers took part in a busy day of competition at the Alstonville Olympic Pool on Saturday.

Numbers were down on last year with Far North Coast clubs also taking part in carnivals in Woodenbong and Chandler in Brisbane the same day.

"We had 205 last year and 209 the year before that," Alstonville Amateur Swimming Club president Andrew Dostine said.

"It's been the biggest carnival on the North Coast for the past two years and we're pretty happy to get 186 with all the other things on."

Clubs from as far south as Coffs Harbour and north to the Gold Coast and Beaudesert made the trip with most swimmers competing in five to six races.

Gold Coast club All Saints won the pointscore and were the carnival champions for the fifth year in a row.

Miami, another Gold Coast club, also did well.

Many swimmers were looking for state qualifying times ahead of the State Age Championships in Sydney next year.

"The Gold Coast teams are always strong and send down a number of swimmers," Dostine said.

"It's was a pretty high standard and there were a lot of good swimmers."

The annual meet is one of the final hit-outs before the North Coast Swimming Championships at Coffs Harbour next month.



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