Lisa Bell from the Maryborough Masters Swimming Club takes off for her 50 metre backstroke race.
Lisa Bell from the Maryborough Masters Swimming Club takes off for her 50 metre backstroke race. KARLEILA THOMSEN

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FOLLOWING a black line led all the way to winning gold for nine Fraser Coast swimmers.

Michelle Thornton, Mark Livingstone, Janet Cochrane, Gary Ullmann, Darryl Higgins, Paul Atkinson, Christian Thiess, Lisa Bell and Neville “China” Johnson all won gold medals during the annual Hervey Bay Masters Swimming Club carnival.

The one day of competition was contested by 125 swimmers, the largest field in the history of the event, representing 19 clubs from throughout the state.

The host club had a day to remember, winning the overall aggregate trophy for the most points won. Maryborough finished second. Points are awarded on a 10 to one basis in each race.

The winner bags 10 points while the swimmer who touches last earns one point for their effort.

Marg Blomeley from the Hervey Bay Masters Swimming Club said everyone who took the plunge for her club played their part in the win.

“Every point is vital come the end of the day so everyone should be proud of their effort regardless of where they finished in their event,” she said.

“It was a really great team effort.”

But it wasn’t only the locals who featured strongly during the meeting which featured swimmers as young as 25 to over 80.

One of the visiting swimmers, Jen Thommasson from the Brisbane Southside Masters Club, made sure the trip up the Bruce Highway was worth it.

She broke a state record in the 50m backstroke and she did it in style, powering down her lane in a time of 43.25 secs to smash the previous best of 45.04 secs.



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