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Francis Leads Age Group Swimmers To More Success In Australia

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Francis Leads Age Group Swimmers To More Success In Australia

New Zealand age group swimmers grabbed seven more gold medals in the second leg of the Trans Tasman series at Wodonga, northern Victoria today.

Brilliant North Shore prospect Chloe Francis led the way with four golds, with the others going to Wellington's Samantha Lee, Christchurch's Sophia Batchelor and the women's medley relay team.

Francis, 15, coached by Scott Talbot, won the 200m breaststroke in 2:31.25 and was part of the winning 200m medley relay team that beat both the Australia Green and Australia Gold teams in a time of 1:57.11 in the first session.

She took out the 100m breaststroke title in 1:11.40 and won the 200m individual medley in 2:16.91 in the second session this afternoon to continue her brilliant run.

Batchelor, 14, coached by Brett Naylor at Aquagym, won the 200m backstroke in 2:15.18 and edged under the 2003 national age group record of Kelly Newcombe by just 2/100ths of a second.

Lee, 16, coached by Gary Hurring at Capital club, continued her superb form with wins in the 100m butterfly in 1:00.62 and the 50m butterfly skins final where she clocked 27.34 to go under the national age group mark by 3/10ths of a second.

The women's combination of Taylor Armstrong (Otumoetai), Francis, Lee and Alex Laidlaw (Aquagym) clocked 1:57.11 to take out the 200m medley relay in an exciting swim, with only 3/10ths of a second covering the first three teams.

The only disappointment was the disqualification of the men's medley relay after they won convincingly.

The New Zealand team earned 22 podium placings at Wodonga to go with the six wins and 29 podiums in the first meet in Melbourne.

The team have headed on to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for the final meet with sessions on Friday evening and Saturday morning to complete the series.

New Zealand results: www.swimmingnz.org.nz

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