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.