Published: Dec 21, 2012 09:32:39 AM Updated: Mar 19, 2013 09:25:53 AM
Prodigious talent Alexander Graham has smashed Michael Klim’s 17 year old Victorian record in the Boys 17-18 Years 200m Freestyle on night three of the Victorian Age Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Graham, the current Boys 16 Years 200m Freestyle Australian Age Champion, never looked troubled and appeared to have plenty in reserve as he hit the wall in 1:49.40; 0.7 seconds quicker than Klim’s old mark of 1:50.10.
“Tonight’s swim was really unexpected as I’m in the middle of a heavy training load, so to break Klim’s record and produce a PB is a good feeling”.
“It’s also a really encouraging sign for me leading into the Australian Youth Olympics Festival in January where I hope to go even faster,” said Graham.
The records books were also rewritten for the Girl’s 15 years 100m Breaststroke with Melbourne Vicentre swimmer Jenna Strauch bettering her Victorian record time she posted in this morning’s heat session.
Earlier, Tasmanian 13 year-old Jacob Vincent blew his competitors out of the water to set a new Victorian All Comers record in the Boys 13 Years 800m Freestyle. His time of 8:47.80 bettered the old mark of 8:51.19 by Melbourne Vicentre’s Mitchell Davenport-Wright in 2010 and set the tone for an entertaining night of swimming.
In other results, Nunawading’s Liam Fisk pulled out a remarkable performance to beat home highly touted youngster Mack Horton in the Boys 16 Years 400m Individual Medley. Fisk jumped to an early lead and slowly extended his advantage over the proceeding laps to be over six seconds ahead of Horton at the conclusion of the breaststroke leg. But Horton, the reigning boys 15 years 100m Freestyle Australian Age Champion, dragged himself back into the race and nearly pulled off a miraculous come from behind victory; losing out to Fisk by only .03 seconds. In victory, Fisk also became the new Victorian All Comers record holder for the event.
The Victorian Age Championships continues tomorrow with 30 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.