By Stephen J. Thomas
BRISBANE, April 26. FIVE national records were set on the first night of finals at the Australian Age Championships at the Chandler pool in Brisbane.
Four of the records went in the boy’s events. Local lad Leith Brodie splashed 56.75 in the boys 16 years’ 100 meter backstroke.
James Stacey from Barker College in Sydney clocked an excellent 2:22.47 in the 200 breaststroke to slice 0.05 seconds off a decade-old record for boys 14 years held by current Australian national team member, Regan Harrison.
Nic Donald from the United swim club north of Sydney, took just 0.01 seconds off the previous best set by title-holder Andrew Lauterstein in the boys 14 years’ 100m fly touching in 56.85.
Perth-based 13-year-old, Bobby Jovanovich, came back from surviving a serious car smash in January to break another ten-year-old record in the 100 freestyle. The West Aussie clocking 54.34 with only a few weeks preparation for the meet after fracturing his skull in the accident.
Stephanie Williams also from the United club set a new standard in the 800 freestyle for girls 13 years’ clocking 8:50.62.