Kingscliff swimmer smashes Aussie record

KINGSCLIFF'S Tayliah Zimmer smashed the Australian womens 100m backstroke record last night and booked her place in the Commonwealth Games team.

Zimmer notched 1:01.03 to touch out fellow Kingscliff swimmer Sophie Edington (1:01.38).

Former Gold Coaster Giaan Rooney, the former record holder, finished in the wake of the Kingscliff duo.

Both Kingscliff girls should be on their way to the Games.

Earlier in the night Kingscliff's Hayden Stoekel powered home in the final lap of the mens 200m backstroke to claim second spot.

Stoekel, who came to Kingscliff last year, finished in 2:01.14 to touch out training mate Ethan Rolff (2:01.41).

The race was won by former Miami swimmer Ephrim Hannant in 2:00.46. Stoekel's finish should see him into the Melbourne Games team.

Rolff had been second at every turn behind former 200m champion Matt Welsh but both seemed to fade in the final lap.

It is set to be another busy day in the pool for Tweed Valley swimmers today with Sophie Edington and Tayliah Zimmer back in heats of the 50m backstroke.

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