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Australian Age Group Championships - Day 2

Apr 12, 2000  - Ian Hanson

Leisel Jones 14, clocked 1:08.30 in the women's 100 breaststroke, setting the Australian Age Group Record with one of the fastest times in the world so far this year. Before this meet her personal best in the event was 1:10.18.

When asked about her time and performance after the event, she was quoted as saying, "I am so excited about tonight's time, I really wanted to swim under 1:09.00, but to go 1:08.30 is faster than I thought, that's for sure. One of my team mates, Sarah Bowd told me to real go for it over the last 25 metres and I just put my head down and went for it,"s.

Jones' performance will make her a serious threat in the women's breaststroke events at next month's selection trials.

She will enter a star studded and crowded field in the event which will include Kristy Ellem, Tarnee White, Caroline Hildreth, Linley Frame, Helen Denman, Rebecca Brown and Samantha Riley.

Other Day 2 Finals Highlights:

  • Ashley Anderson (Central Qld Aquajets, Qld) 15-years 50m FREESTYLE (23.51) - Australian Age and Australian All-Comers record - 13th National Age career gold medal since 1998 - second gold medal of meet.

  • Josh Krogh (Redcliffe Leagues, Lawnton, Qld) - 17-18 years 200m FREESTYLE (1:51.01) - personal best time.

  • Linda Mckenzie (Redcliffe Leagues, Lawnton Qld), 16 years 200m FREESTYLE (2:03.25) - second gold medal of meet after 400m freestyle win last night. Comeback from illness.

  • Nicole Hunter (Tattersall's Hobart Aquatic, Tas), 15 years 100m BUTTERFLY (1:02.02) - second gold medal of meet and follows 2:12.80 (200m butterfly on day one)

  • Adam Lucas (West Coast, WA) 16 years 200m BACKSTROKE (2:03.60) second gold medal of the meet. Gold last night in 400m freestyle.