Sophie snares relay record
KINGSCLIFF swimmer Sophie Edington has snared a world record as part of the triumphant 4x100m medley relay team as Australia enjoyed its best day of the world short course swimming championships in Indianapolis yesterday.
Edington swam an inspired opening backstroke leg to launch Australia's world-record effort which earned them a $20,600 bonus.
The line-up of Eddington, Brooke Hanson, Jessicah Schipper and Lisbeth Lenton won in 3 minutes 54.95 seconds to break the old mark of 3:55.78 set by Sweden in 2002 at Moscow, and edge the Americans to second in 3:55.68.
"It's just great to be part of this record.
"It's just fantastic. It was so exciting," Lenton said.
"It's great to be part of the team that just pipped the Americans.
"We're quite an inexperienced team and that was their Olympic team.
"The girls did a great job to get us where we were. I just focussed on what I had to do in my race."
The Australian women grabbed gold in the corresponding relay at the Athens Olympics with Giaan Rooney, Leisel Jones, Petria Thomas and Jodie Henry.
This time it was a new team but the same result.
Lenton also won the 100m freestyle in 52.67 for her first individual world crown and was third in the 50m butterfly.
Athens Olympic 100m breaststroke runner-up Hanson won the 100m individual medley in a personal best 1:00.01 for her second title of the meet.
She had won the 50m breaststroke crown on night two of competition.
Edington claimed bronze in the 100m backstroke on the second night while Kingscliff clubmate Tayliah Zimmer finished fifth.
Zimmer improved upon that performance yesterday, winning a silver medal in the 200m event.
Australian Brenton Rickard won silver in bizarre circumstances in the 200m breaststroke after he initially finished in third place behind Hansen and fellow Aussie Jim Piper, only for Piper to be disqualified for a false start.
The luckless Piper was also disqualified for a dolphin kick in the 200m breaststroke at the Athens Olympics.