SWIMMING: A total of 230 swimmers will hit the water for the Caribeae Swimming Club's annual Beef City meet in Rockhampton this weekend.
The field includes 38 swimmers aged seven and under as well as a handful of Masters swimmers aged 25-60.
Meet director Michael Borg said things were shaping up well for the first full 50m carnival of the season.
Swimmers will travel from across Central Queensland, with a small contingent coming from Barcaldine.
A feature of the meet is the Top Gun Shootout, which ultimately determines the fittest and fastest swimmer of the meet.
The Speed Machine event also sees the top 10 male and female swimmers in each age group battling it out for cash prizes.
Caribeae's Joe Milburn and Rocky City's Ty Hartwell are expected to lead the way in their respective age groups.
The fast and furious racing starts at 8am on Saturday at the Second World War Memorial Aquatic Centre, while the distance events were raced on Friday night.
Borg said the event would give swimmers an idea of "where they were at" early in the season.
"Because this is the first full-blown carnival of the season, they will essentially be checking their times," he said.
"They've been doing their winter training so they will hit it hard at this event, figure out where they are at and what they need to improve on in the countdown to the state championships in December.
"There are a series of carnivals through to the states but this event will help them set the platform for their preparation."