Chalmers Wins 200 IM, 50 Back On Day 3 Of South Aussie States


17-year-old World Junior Champion Kyle Chalmers scored another win on day 3 of the South Australian State Championships, taking the men’s 17-18 age group 50m backstroke victory. Even with a foot ledge slip, Chalmers gathered enough steam to charge to the wall first, stopping the clock at 26.98 for the only sub-27-second time of the final.  Just as in the men’s 100m fly and 100m free events, Playford Aquatics’ Thomas Wotton finished with the silver, touching in 27.79.

Chalmers and Wotton would finish 1-2 in another race tonight, the men’s 200m IM, where Chalmers touched in 2:07.08 to Wotton’s 2:09.76. A thoroughbred sprinter, Chalmers rarely swims a 200 distance event, but the stud got the job done tonight, splitting 26.07/32.87/38.56/29.58 for his efforts. Wotton threw down a 27.77 final 50 freestyle split, which brought him closer, but not close enough, to out-touch his meet rival.

Chalmers’ Marion Swimming Club teammate Joshua Palmer took home the gold in the men’s 19+ 100m breaststroke, registering a time of 1:02.08, while Sally Hunter scored the win in the women’s 50 breaststroke, clocking a swift 31.42 to win by over 3 seconds.

Marion Swimming Club also took home the 400m freestyle relay titles in both the men’s and women’s to conclude day 3 finals. The women’s foursome of Ellysia Oldsen, Emily Liu, Zoe Williams and Sally Hunter collectively nabbed a winning time of 3:47.51, highlighted by Liu’s and Hunter’s 56.40 individual splits.

The squad of Andrew AboodHayden Lewis, Ben Edmonds and Kyle Chalmers easily won the men’s version of the event, with their time of 3:29.79 beating the field by almost 10 seconds.

Tomorrow marks the final day of competition in Adelaide. Chalmers will take on the men’s 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle fields.

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Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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