By Stephen J. Thomas
BRISBANE. April 27. TWO female members of Australia’s team at the Duel in the Pool dual meet in Indianapolis earlier this month set age records on the second night of finals of the Australian National Age Championships at the Chandler pool in Brisbane.
Sixteen-year-old Alice Mills splashed the second fastest Aussie 50 free all-time in the lead-off of the winning Queensland 200 freestyle relay – clocking 25.22 and taking 0.04 seconds off her own best set in March this year. Fellow Queensland relay teammate Libby Lenton holds the Australian record of 24.92 set in Indianapolis and will swim this distance later in the meet.
South Aussie dorsal specialist, 18-year-old Melissa Morgan, improved 0.13 on her PR set in Indianapolis to clock 2:12.36 (third fastest all-time Aussie performer behind Nicole Stevenson and Clementine Stoney).
Brisbane-based 16-year-old Leith Brodie took the dorsal double and his second age group record in two nights, winning the 200 back in 2:03.17.
Andrew Lauterstein broke his own national age record for 15-year-old boys by 0.19s in the 100 fly clocking 55.76. The Melbourne swimmer also took the 50 free later in the evening touching in a solid 24.20.
Alice Mills also took the girls 16 years 200 freestyle touching in 2:01.69, while Melanie Houghton took out the 17-18 years event in 2:01.26 from sprint sensation Libby Lenton who took almost seven seconds off her PR to clock 2:02.72 at only her third attempt at this distance.