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Australian Age Group Championships - Day 1

Apr 11, 2000

Leisel Jones a 14-year-old, from the Redcliffe Leagues Lawnton Club, just north of Brisbane managed to surprise a few when she set a new age group record with her time of 2:28.38 in the 200 breaststroke. It was 5 seconds improvement on her personal best time in the event.

Jones admitted she was nervous before the race but said she was determined to crack the 2:29 barrier.

"I'm now looking forward to swimming the 100m tomorrow before I head home to Brisbane at midnight tomorrow night to continue my preparation for the Olympic Trials," said Jones, a year 9 student at the Southern Cross College in Scarborough.

Among the other outstanding performers on the night was 15-year-old Tasmanian Nicole Hunter from the Hobart Tattersalls Aquatic Centre, who clocked the 10th fastest time by an Australian, with her 2:12.80 in the 200m butterfly.

Henrietta Morris, 13, from the Top of the World Swim Club in Tasmania, who won the 100m freestyle in 59.14.

Rockhampton swimmer Ashley Anderson 15, from the Central Queensland Aquajets won the 200m individual medley in 2:08.42, just outside the Australian Age record.

In what was an outstanding night for the Redcliffe Leagues Lawnton club; Linda McKenzie won gold in the 16 years 400m freestyle (4:16.43) in a battle royal with Commonwealth Games rep. Jennifer Reilly (4:16.51).

In the boys event Josh Krogh won the 400m freestyle in 3:54.32.

Katie Canning (Miami) won the girls 15 years and under 800m freestyle in 8:44.65 after finishing second to Nicole Hunter in the 200m butterfly in 2:14.71.