BRISBANE, Qld., Australia, January 4. AUSTRALIA'S experienced Olympians took all of the top spots in the open events on the first day of the 2004 Queensland Open and Age Championships in Brisbane, but a visiting US Junior National Team made its presence known.
The American juniors, ranging in age from 14 to 17, earned three silver medals and a bronze in six senior events.
The women's 400m free fell to Petria Thomas in 4:14.31, but 14 year-old Kate Ziegler was second in 4:16.07. Two other Americans, Blake Hayter, 15, and Kelsey Ditto, 14, swam well in prelims but did not contest the final. Hayter clocked 4:23.57 to place sixth in prelims, while Ditto's 4:23.83 was seventh.
Seventeen year-old Matt Lowe gave Aussie Regan Harrison all he could handle in the 100m breast before the Aussie prevailed 1:03.48 to 1:03.83. Billy Jamerson was tenth in prelims in 1:06.23.
Former WR-holder Geoff Huegill won the 50m fly in 23.95 but a pair of American 17 year-olds placed second and third. Mujahid El-Amin clocked 24.69 (24.50p) for the silver, while Dan Rohleder took bronze in 25.13.
In other events:
Men's 400m free: Mike Klueh, 16, was sixth in prelims in 3:59.80. John Koehler, 17, was eighth in prelims in 4:03.54, Gil Stovall , 17, was ninth in 4:03.58.
Women's 100m breast: Aussie Leisel Jones set a Queensland All-comers mark of 1:07.42, with Tarnee White second in 1:08.65. Katy Hall, 15, took fifth in 1:13.56 (1:13.17p) while 16 year-old Katy Houston was ninth (1:14.53).
Women's 50m fly: Petria Thomas breezed in 26.99 to take her second gold. Fourteen year-old Amanda Sims was fifth in 28.09 (28.06p).