Bird's a fish in water

SAWTELL'S 15-year-old Leah Bird has gone frustratingly close to winning a place in two finals at the Australian Age Swimming Championships, despite still working towards her pet events.

Leah opened her Homebush campaign on Monday in the 15-years 200m backstroke and while her 13th placing didn't qualify for a finals berth, the creditable 2-22.98 time was within one second of a PB.

Yesterday, Leah finished 15th in the 100m freestyle in 59.26, before later swimming the 200m butterfly and finishing 13th, this time in 2-23.60.

A check of times revealed she'd missed both finals by around one second.

This afternoon, the prospects look brighter.

At 4.35pm, Leah will contest the preliminaries of the 50m freestyle event, for which she's eighth-fastest qualifier after swimming in lead-up competitions.



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