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Aussie girls lead the pack

19 Mar 06 04:58
Leisel Jones powers through the water to qualify for tonight's 100m Breaststroke Semi Finals. 

Leisel Jones powers through
the water to qualify for tonight's
100m Breaststroke Semi Finals.

Australia’s champion swimming trio of Jodie Henry, Lisbeth Lenton and Alice Mills have done it again qualifying for the semi finals of the Women’s 50m Freestyle grabbing three of the top four qualifying positions.
Henry and Lenton qualified fastest with times of 25.38 and 25.43 seconds respectively.

World record holder and World Champion Leisel Jones has continued her winning form, qualifying fastest for the Semi Finals of the Women's 100m Breaststroke.

Jones, who has already won two gold medals at these Games, is defending her Commonwealth Games 100m title.

She won her Heat in 1 minute 08.52 seconds, almost half a second faster than her nearest rival.

Jones and compatriots Jade Edmistone and Tarnee White continued the Australian women's domination in the pool, being the fastest three qualifiers for the Semi Finals.

Australian swimmers Giaan Rooney, Sophie Edington and Tayliah Zimmer have qualified first, second and third fastest respectively for the Semi Finals in the 50m Backstroke.

Edington, the gold medallist in the 100m Backstroke, swam 29.21 seconds in her Heat to hold off New Zealand's Elizabeth Coster, who qualified in 29.70.

Giaan Rooney broke the Commonwealth Games record in 28.58.

Tayliah Zimmer also won her Heat convincingly. Her time of 29.22 was only 0.01 behind that of her training partner Edington.

Other qualifiers are Hannah McLean of New Zealand, Canada's Landice Yestrau - competing in her first senior international meet - and Kiera Aitken of Bermuda, who swam 30.00.

- Games News Service

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