A RECORD 77 Masters swimmers took to the water at the annual Maryborough Masters Games swim meet at the Maryborough Aquatic Centre heated pool on Saturday, October 10.

Competitors ranging from 20 to 87 years came from between the Gold coast to Rockhampton for events covering all strokes from 25 metres to 400 metres.

The swim meet was organized by the local Maryborough Masters swimmers with some assistance from the local junior Maryborough Swimming Club.

Competition was spirited with most of the aggregate medallions going to visiting swimmers.

Allan Carlisle from Miami again went for a record in the 200 breaststroke but narrowly missed out. Non Masters Swimmers could enter this competition.

Maryborough's 20-year-old Kelsey Connell, who only came back to swimming recently for fitness, set several personal best times.

If she joins the Masters Swimmers, she is assured of breaking Masters records.

The oldest swimmers were Jackie Ryan 87 years from the Sunshine Coast and local China Johnson (also aged 87).

Local Maryborough swimmers to do well were: Kelsey Connell (gold 18-24 years), Muff Skov-Christensen (bronze 65 to 69 years), Graham Ogden (bronze 70-74 years), China Johnson (gold 85 -89 years).

Hervey Bay swimmers to do well were: Paula Taylor (gold 35-39 years), Gillian Patterson (gold 40-44 Years), Samantha Miller (gold 45-49 years), Linda Hodkinson, (silver 55 - 59 years), Diane Edmonds (silver 60-64 years), Vivian Oakes (silver 60-64 years), Darryl Higgins (bronze 60 to 64 year), Peter McMonagle (65-69 years).

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