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Caribeae swimmers in hunt for state qualifying times

IN THE SWIM: Emilee Burness is among the Caribeae contingent competing at the Gladstone meet today.
IN THE SWIM: Emilee Burness is among the Caribeae contingent competing at the Gladstone meet today. Chris Ison ROK261017cswim2

SWIMMERS: Members of Rockhampton's Caribeae Swimming Club will be racing the clock - literally - when they hit the water in Gladstone this weekend.

A strong Caribeae contingent will travel down the Bruce Highway today for the Gladstone Gladiators Liquid Energy Meet.

A 183-strong field will contest the event which will have something of an international flavour with eight swimmers from the Czech Republic also taking part.

Caribeae coach Jodie Shanks said the one-day event was another chance for swimmers to nail qualifying times ahead of the 2017 Queensland Swimming Championships in Brisbane in December.

"We've had a couple of carnivals and everybody seems to be on track,” she said.

"We are looking at continued improvement and just trying to hit the goals we have set for the season.

"The main aim when we go away to meets like this is for the kids to improve on their PBs.”

Caitlyn and Kade Goudie.
Caitlyn and Kade Goudie. Chris Ison ROK261017cswim4

Meanwhile, a small team of Caribeae swimmers have just returned home from the Queensland Open Water Championships on the Sunshine Coast.

Siblings Caitlyn and Kade Goudie both qualified for the nationals in Adelaide next year.

Fellow club member Kayla Osborne will also make the trip to South Australia after clocking the required time at a previous event.

Shanks said the trio also competed at last year's nationals, with Osborne winning a bronze medal in the 7.5km event.

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