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Aussie Age Championships, Day Three: Records Continue To Tumble in Perth -- April 16, 2004

PERTH, W. Australia, April 16. THE records continued to fall on night three of the Fisher and Paykel Australian Age Championships at the Challenge Aquatic Centre courtesy of Andrew Lauterstein, Bobby Jovanovich and Matt Lenton who all wrote their names into the record books on an absorbing night of swimming.

The 16-year-old Lauterstein grabbed the first record when he blitzed the field in the 100 meters butterfly and scraped under his own Australian Age record by 0.17 of a second admitting that he still has plenty to work on in his bid to swim under the elusive 54 second barrier.

“I’m really happy with my race in that I was able to get up for the record tonight even though I am a little annoyed in the same way because I had a really bad finish,” Lauterstein said.

“I usually put my head down just for the last stroke. This time I did it a couple of strokes out, and it hurt my timing going into the wall. The race felt pretty comfortable though so I am pretty confident that if I fix my finish I will be able to swim under 54.00.”

Brisbane’s, Bobby Jovanovich stopped the clock in 58.28, to erase Ian Thorpe’s name from the record books in the men’s 14-years 100 metre backstroke final by 0.54 of a second just touching out Daniel Arnamnart of Loreto Normanhurst who also went under the triple Olympic gold medallists former mark set back in 1997. Corey Mcintosh of City of Perth grabbed bronze in 59.53.

“I wasn’t expecting to go that fast, but now that I’ve done it and got Thorpie’s record it’s pretty cool,” Jovanovich said.

Bobby kept his gold medal run alive later in to the evening taking out the 14-years 200 meters freestyle in a high quality performance of 1:56.00, well ahead of the minor placegetters, Thanasi Solomidis (1:58.02) of Carey Aquatic and Twin Towns, Matthew Lance (1:58.24).

It was the third record performance of the night by Guildford Blues 17-year-old ‘Juggernaught’, Matt Lenton that was without doubt one of the swims of the meet to date in the 50 meters freestyle with the teenager swimming a brilliant Australian Age record of 22.96 to grab the gold.

Lenton took 0.09 off the previous mark set by Nathan Rickard back in 1997 and would have witnessed him finish seventh in the 50 metre event at the Australian Championships. Athens Olympic Games relay squad member, Eamon Sullivan wasn’t far off the pace setting a new personal best and also swimming under the elusive 23 second barrier for the first time stopping the clock in 22.99.

“It was good to go under 23 seconds tonight. I didn’t feel that my start was the best, but I was able to make that up later on in the race and come out with a good time,” Lenton said.

“ The (Olympic) trials showed me a few things that I had to work on in my 50 and since then I’ve just worked on itand it finally all came together this week which is good,”

“I honestly had no real expectations on what time I should be able to do at this stage, but I’ve worked hard on my technique and my dives and I guess my technique and finish, all came through for me tonight.”

More Winners on Night three of the championships included:

Girls 16 years 200 meters individual medley Catherine Hendry, Brothers, QLD 2:19.09

Boys 16 years 200 meters individual medley Bryan Luca, Casey, VIC 2:07.41

Girls 15 years 200 meters breaststroke Stacey Tadd, Great Britain 2:33.51
Alice Davey, Klim Swim Trojans, VIC 2:37.31

Boys 15 years 200 meters breaststroke James Stacey, Barker Aquatics, NSW 2:19.43

Boys 13/U years 200 meters individual medley Bao Quang (V) Surrey Park, VIC Nathan Broadbent Gosford Stingrays, NSW 2:19.64

Boys 16 years 1500 meters freestyle Christon Alderton (V) Great Britain 15:34.70
Ephraim Hannant Miami, QLD 15:45.84

--Courtesy, Australian Swimming