Miranda Chopping, girls 11-12 200 LC Meter breaststroke. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Miranda Chopping, girls 11-12 200 LC Meter breaststroke. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

8-year-old schoolgirl smashes 36-year-old swim record

ROCKHAMPTON'S Marlee Chopping broke a 36-year-old record to win swim of the meet at the Central Queensland Championships at the weekend.

The eight-year-old swam 1.32.53mins in the 100m backstroke to smash the record by more than three seconds set by S. Cave of the Capricorn Swim Club in 1980.

And even more remarkable was that Chopping, who swims with Caribeae, shaved nine seconds off her PB to set the new benchmark.

"I felt really excited, I felt really happy," the youngster said yesterday, explaining the trophy was taking pride of place in her bedroom.

Marlee Chopping, 8, won swim of the meet.
Marlee Chopping, 8, won swim of the meet. Contributed

There were 12 records set at the three-day meet, held at the 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre in Rockhampton.

Rocky swimmer Cameron Clark broke the 13 years 50m breaststroke record twice - he broke the 2014 record with his swim in the heats (34.28) and backed up in the final to better it again with a time of 33.95.

Rocky City swimmer Lucy Busby and Rocky's Ty Hartwell and Cooper Blackwood broke two records each in separate events.

Busby set records in the 12 years 800m freestyle and 100m backstroke, Hartwell in the 1500m freestyle and the 200m backstroke and Blackwood in the 18 years 200m IM and the 100m backstroke.

The other record breakers were Rocky City's Taryn Roberts (400m freestyle), Gladstone' Lachlan Pacheco (50m butterfly) and Caribeae's Jacob Spark (50m butterfly).

More than 300 swimmers competed in age groups from seven years and under through to open in what is the biggest meet of the year in CQ.


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