10 Jul 2009

Francis leads swimmers to more Australian success

8:25 am on 10 July 2009

New Zealand's age group swimmers continue to impress at Wodonga in northern Victoria, grabbing seven more gold medals in the second leg of the trans-Tasman series.

The exciting North Shore 15-year-old Chloe Francis led the way with three individual and one team gold, in the medley relay, with the others going to Wellington's Samantha Lee, Christchurch's Sophia Batchelor.

Francis won the 200 metre breaststroke and was part of the winning 200 metre medley relay team that beat the two Australia teams.

She also took out the 100 metre breaststroke title and the 200 metre individual medley, while the 14-year-old Batchelor won the 200 metre backstroke in just 2/100ths of a second under the national age group record.

16-year-old Lee continued her superb form with wins in the 100 metre butterfly and the 50 metre butterfly skins.

The team swim the final meet at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra with sessions on Friday evening and Saturday morning.