Published: Dec 19, 2012 08:54:28 AM Updated: Jan 7, 2013 11:08:30 AM
15 year-old Nicholas Groenewald has stolen the show on Day One of the Victorian Age Championships, smashing the Boys 15 Years 200m Backstroke Victorian All Comers record by over two seconds. The Nunawading based swimmer led from start to finish, stopping the clock at 2:05.13 to better the previous mark by Evan Buck set back in 2006. Waterlions Mitchell Hutton was gallant in second place touching in 2:09.91 with Mornington’s Adam Howgate (2:11.25) third.
St Kevin’s Alexander Graham was equally impressive in the Boys 17-18 Years 50m Freestyle, hitting the wall in a new Victorian Age record time of 23.04. Graham, who broke Michael Klim’s 17 year old Victorian Age record for the Boys 16 years 100m Freestyle at last year’s event, will be back in the water tomorrow as he looks to add to his medal tally.
Earlier MLC Aquatic’s Rosemary Addison kicked off the action by winning the first Championship Title of the week; taking out the Girls 12 Years 100m Breaststroke. Addison was able to hold off fast finishing Western Australian Jamie Prescott (1:10.51) and the Waterlions Sarah Webley (1:12.11) who rounded out the places.
The Victorian Institute of Sport’s Kotuku Ngawati began her Championship campaign well, taking out the Girls 17-18 Years 50m Freestyle in a time of 25.96. The talented 18 year-old fought off fierce competition from Melbourne Vicentre teammates Celeste Astorino (26.07) and Christina Licciardi (26.66) to take out the title.
Swimming Australia’s 2012 ‘All Star Team’ member Mack Horton was also in action on Day One, gliding to victory in a time of 51.57 in the Boys 16 Years 100m Freestyle.
The Victorian Age Championships continues tomorrow with 27 events set to take place at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Over 1400 athletes from 114 swimming clubs will take part over six days of competition making it the biggest event on the Victorian swimming calendar for aspiring young swimmers aged 11years-18 years.
For full results please visit www.swimmingvictoria.org.au