Tweed squad sizzles in pool
RISING swim star Sophie Edington led a Kingscliff quinella with victory in the 100 metre backstroke final at the national shortcourse championships in Brisbane last night. Edington sealed her place on the Australian team to compete at the world championships in Indianapolis by claiming the national title in a time of 59.38 seconds. Club-mate Tay Zimmer also qualified for next month's world championships by finishing in second place. The one-two finish capped a stellar night for the Kingscliff club with Ethan Rolff winning silver behind Matt Welsh in the men's 100m backstroke final. Welsh took his place in history by becoming the first swimmer to claim six successive national titles with his victory. Also last night, Brisbane teenager Jade Edmistone overcame a sleepless night to break the 50m breaststroke world record and claim her first Australian title. Edmistone completely dominated the race from the outset and finished in a time of 29.90 seconds, six-tenths faster than the previous best mark which she equalled in the semifinals. Olympic gold medallist Brooke Hanson finished second with Victorian Sarah Katsoulis third. Edmistone, who only returned to the sport 18 months ago after a two-year hiatus, said she knew her time last night was quicker than Saturday's after rectifying a turning problem which spoiled her performance in the semis. "I think I hit (the turn) pretty well tonight and also got a full stroke on my way in so I knew it was going to be a bit quicker," she said.