Pallister Breaks 200 Free Age Record on Day 5 of Australian Age Champs


  • Saturday, April 21st – Saturday, April 28th
  • Sydney Olympic Park & Aquatic Centre
  • Prelims at 9am local/Finals at 6pm local
  • Selection event for Junior Pan Pacific Championships & Oceania Championships
  • LCM
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results

There were 2 Australian Age Records broken on the 1st day of the meet, and none on days 2, 3, and 4, but that streak was broken today with another pair of records falling. First, Lani Pallister won the girls 15 200 free with a 1:59.37, shaving .11 seconds off the previous girls 15 Age Record of 1:59.48. Pallister was already very close to the record, coming into the meet with a best time of 1:59.67. She was also very consistent in her splitting of the race, going out in 27.92, then following it up with splits of 30.59, 30.61, and 30.25 respectively.

The 2nd record came in the boys 13-14 4×50 free relay, where the UWA West Coast team of Brendan Best, TJ Chong Sue, Julien Leone, and Matthew Lamb combined to post a 1:39.01. That shattered the previous record of 1:40.28. All 4 relay members are 14, and they all split 24s. Best led off with his 2nd fastest time ever, 24.50, following his 24.41 best time from earlier in the meet. Chong Sue then split 24.81, followed by Leone at 24.91, and anchored by Lamb in 24.79.

Michaela Ryan took the girls 16 200 IM by 4 seconds, posting a 2:15.59. She also dropped 4 seconds from her previous best of 2:19.34. Ryan was fueled by a very fast first half, splitting 28.45 on the fly leg, and 34.63 on the back leg, to combine for a 1:03.08 first 100. Ryan also won the girls 16 100 fly with a 59.05, narrowly missing her best time of 58.96. Kayla Costa was also under 1:00, posting a 59.87 to break 1:00 for the first time ever. Se-Bom Lee won the boys 16 200 IM by over 2 seconds, posting a best time 2:03.76. That knocked a full 2 seconds off his previous best of 2:05.83.

Ty Hartwell won the boys 17-18 200 back with a 2:01.89, dropping 2 seconds from his best time of 2:03.83. He split the race very tightly, going out in 1:00.55 (28.94/31.61), and coming back in 1:01.34 (31.19/30.15). TJ Chong Sue took the bouys 14 100 back, posting a 58.25 to drop nearly a second from his personal best of 59.21. That time put Chong Sue well within 1 second of the Age Record of 57.53. He then went on to win the boys 14 400 IM, posting a massive lifetime best of 4:40.09. He won by over 2 seconds, dropping over 8 seconds from his previous best of 4:48.22.

Thomas Hauck won the boys 15 200 free with a 1:51.63, shedding a little time off his personal best of 1:52.28. Nathan Robinson took the boys 17-18 1500, posting a 15:22.84. That was 6 seconds off his personal best of 15:16.78. Kate Harrison, who has been at the top of the girls 13 sprint events, took the 50 free with a 26.15, dropping .4 seconds off her personal best of 26.55. Kai Thomas won the boys 13 50 free with a 24.73, breaking 25 seconds for the first time.

Connor Brackin won the boys 15 200 breast with a 2:18.44, breaking 2:20 for the first time ever. Georgia Powell dropped 4 seconds to win the girls 15 200 breast with a 2:30.38.



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