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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