A stellar line-up of swimmers, including the state's pace-setters, are set to take the plunge in Launceston at the weekend.
More than 230 swimmers, from eight clubs, are taking part in the Tasmanian age sprint and relay championships at Launceston Aquatic Centre.
Among the top-seeds in the 50m freestyle are Hobart Aquatic's Max Giuliani, 17, with a seed time of 24.36 seconds; and Launceston Aquatic's Dawson Howell, 19, with 27.53 seconds.
Other swimmers to watch include 50m breaststroke top seeds: Hobart Aquatic's Lacy Kamprad, 12, Matilda Smith, 16, and James Clues, 16; and Launceston Aquatic's Jed Routley, 12, and Georgia Woods, 17; Launceston Aquatic's Emily Mitchell, 15, in the backstroke and butterfly; and Hobart Aquatic's Ella Chan, 14, also in butterfly. South Esk's Abbie King, 12, Oliver Atkins, 13, Blake Stretton, 15, and Xavier Nesbit, 14, are also among the fastest qualifiers in a range of events, ahead of the weekend's racing.
New stars are also set to emerge, with the strongly-contested age groups of eight-to-11 year olds attracting the highest number of entries. Some 40 girls and 24 boys are competing in the 50m freestyle. The meet also marks the welcome return to state competition of Freya Jetson, 20, swimming with Launceston Aquatic.
Swimmers from Burnie, Cradle Coast, HC, Hobart, LAC, Rocky City (Rockhampton, Qld), Sandy Bay and South Esk are taking part.
Warm-up on Saturday is from 3pm with relays starting at 4pm. Warm-up on Sunday is from 8am with females' sprint racing from 9am; and from 11.45am with males' sprint racing starting an hour later.