Minna Atherton Breaks Australian Age Record at QLD Champs

On the second-to-last night of the 2013 Queensland Championships, the vast majority of the action was in the age group ranks (there were no open races other than multi-class).

In those age group races, however, the big star was Brisbane Grammar’s Minna Atherton, who won the 13-year old girls’ 100 backstroke in 1:03.04. That broke Yolane Kukla’s 2009 Australian Age Record of 1:03.33.

Atherton won the girls’ 13-year olds  200 back earlier in the meet in 2:17.23, and was 8th in the open 100 backstroke in 1:04.36.

Shayna Jack very nearly got a National Age Record herself in the girls’ 15-year olds 200 free, but had to settle for just a spectacular time, going 2:00.15 in the 200 meter freestyle. That just missed the record for that swim of 1:59.80, as Jack has really grown into a great triple-threat freestyler for the Australians. Chelsea Gubecka was 2nd in that race in 2:04.85.

The boys’ 15-year olds 200 free went to Jack Cartwright of the Gladstone Swim Club, who was a 1:55.54. Cartwright was out very fast in this race, and at the wall had to fight to hold of South Korean Dawoon Bae, who wound up 2nd in 1:55.77.

18-year old Mikkayla Sheridan, who trains at the Nudgee Brothers Swim Club with Australia’s best backstroker Emily Seebohm, won the girls’ 17-18 200 meter race in 2:12.41. The boys’ version of that event went to Reagan Leong in 2:03.91.

Full Thursday results available here.
Full meet results available here.

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7 years ago

14 year old boys 200 breast record was broken today

Lane 8
1 year ago

Yeah and 6 years later she’s a world record holder! What a journey for this girl!

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