Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Splash Attack

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Splash Attack

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Byline: Owen Jacques

THE competition was fierce with Mackay swimmers taking on teams from Cairns to the Gold Coast at the Great Barrier Reef swim meet.

The two-day carnival spanned the weekend and pitted some of Mackay's top competitors against their rivals from around the state.

Kurt Crawford had only just returned from competing in Melbourne and was entered in few events, but still broke a North Queensland record.

Crawford won $350 for finishing the 50m freestyle in the low 24 seconds.

"He just missed out on the record in the 100m freestyle too," Mackay Swimming Academy assistant coach Lee Day said before adding that the event was "a high profile swim" and one that swimmers aspired to do well in.

She said the weekend's meet was considered an "elite carnival".

"Mackay is right up there.

"We're usually in the top 10 in the state."

She said the Gold Coast team had sent their older swimmers, mostly 14 years and older to the carnival. …

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