Victorian Swimming Championships - Day 1

Melbourne Vicentre's Georgie Bartlett broke her own Victorian record, and upended Lori Munz yet again, onÊher way to victory in the Women's 400m Individual Medley during the finals on Day One of the "Active for Life" 2001 Victorian Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Bartlett, who will leave the Championships early to participate in next week's Sydney Olympic Youth Festival, clocked a time of 4min 55.44seconds, to defeat Munz by one second (4:56.44) and take 1.7 seconds off her previous mark for the event. Bartlett's victory also repeated her defeat of Munz at the FINA World Cup in Melbourne in December, and confirms her status as the premier young medley swimmer in the state.

In other events tonight:

  • Angela Kan (Firbank Aquastars) confirmed her huge potential with victory over a class field in the Women's 50m Breaststroke Final, her time of 33.51 outdoing Sarah Kasoulis (34.06) and Bree Trewin (34.77).
  • MLC Aquatic's Patrick Murphy broke the 16 years Victorian Allcomer record in taking out the Men's Open 200m Freestyle, while Matt Welsh continued his dominance of the backstroke events, taking out the Open 50m Backstroke (26.70) ahead of Ray Hass and Rahmin De Kretser.
  • The girl dubbed as the heir apparent to Susie O'Neill's 200m Butterfly crown, Nicole Hunter from Tasmania, lived up to expectation with a fine win in that event. Hunter swam 2:15.80, to defeat Rachel Coffee (Carey Aquatic) and Simone Luker (Norwood, SA).
  • Sydney Paralympian Casey Redford took out the Multidisability Women's 50m Backstroke, while Paralympic teammates Brett Reid (100m Freestyle) and Daniel Bell (50m Breaststroke) showed class in winning their respective events.