13 Nov 2010

Batchelor qualifies for world champs

11:29 am on 13 November 2010

The Christchurch teenager Sophia Batchelor has become the first swimmer to qualify for the world championships on the opening night of finals at the New Zealand Short Course Championships at Mount Maunganui.

The 15-year-old won the women's 200m backstroke at the meet which doubles as the trial for next month's FINA World Short Course Championships.

Batchelor was 9/100th of a second inside the tough qualifying mark for Dubai to cap off a busy but outstanding year for the young Cantabrian.

She has broken a swag of national age records at the Oceania Championships and Tri-Series against Australia before making two A finals and breaking the 34-year-old record of the great Rebecca Perrott in the Junior Pan Pacific Championships.