Tayliah Zimmer (left) and Sophie Edington celebrate after the 50m backstroke at the Aust. Short Course Swimming Championships.
Tayliah Zimmer (left) and Sophie Edington celebrate after the 50m backstroke at the Aust. Short Course Swimming Championships.

World first for Kingscliff swimmers

By BOB ANTHONY

KINGSCLIFF Swimming Club duo Sophie Edington and Tayliah Zimmer have notched a world first with a stunning performance at the Australian Short Course Championships.

The rising swim stars, who were among the standouts at the national championships in Brisbane, registered the first double dead-heat by clubmates at a national or international swim meet.

The duo dominated the 50m backstroke final on Wednesday night to touch in a time of 27.77s, three days after also dead-heating in the final of the 100m backstroke.

Eerily, the good friends had predicted their amazing feat.

Coach Greg Salter said that during a pre-meet talk about race tactics the good friends had jokingly said when it came to winning: "we just have to dead-heat it".

"To have the girls do so well has been fantastic," Salter said.

"To have them record two dead-heats is just one of those things."

Zimmer, who also collected gold in the 200m backstroke, and Edington, who added a third in the 50m freestyle final to her backstroke medals, will now line up for Australia at the world shortcourse championships in Indianapolis later this month.

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