Schlanger takes the 100 freestyle with ease, on the first night of the Victorian Open Championships

by SwimSwam Staff 0

January 11th, 2013 Australia, International, News

In what was billed to be the main event of the 2013 Victorian Open Championships Melanie Schlanger defeated her Olympic gold medal winning relay teammate Alicia Coutts in the 100 freestyle with ease. Schlanger took the lead from start to finish winning in a time of 54.76. Kelly Stubbins finished second in a time 55.55 with Coutts finishing in third in a time of 56.24.

The women’s 100 breaststroke proved to be the most exciting race of the evening. World Short Course Championship bronze medalist  Sarah Katsoulis took a narrow lead over Lorna Tonks in the first 50, but Tonks overtook Katsoulis to win in a time of 1:07.81 just three one-hundredths of a second ahead Katsoulis who touched in a time of 1:07.84.

In the men’s 100 freestyle 17 year old Alexander Graham narrowly missed his own 17-18 Victorian Age Group record of 49.56 winning the event in a time of 49.78.

Katie Goldman broke the only Victorian record on the evening in the 800 freestyle winning in a time of 8:32.88 surpassing the old record of 8:34.16 which was set by Haylee Reddaway in 2005.

Olympian Belinda Hocking destroyed the competition in the 200 backstroke winning the event by six seconds. Hocking who won the event in a time of 2:10.43 just missing the Victorian record of 2:10.20 which was set by Nicole Stevenson in 1992.

Other winners on the evening included:

Men’s 100 butterfly Multi-Class – Rowan Crothers

Women’s 100 butterfly Multi-Class – Kayla Clarke

Brenton Rickard, 50m breast winner

Brenton Rickard, 50m breast winner (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Men’s 400 freestyle – David McKeon – 3:49.83

Women’s 50 butterfly – Alicia Coutts – 26.94

Men’s 200 butterfly – Christopher Wright – 1:59.86

Men’s 50 breaststroke – Brenton Rickard – 28.52

Women’s 400 IM – Holly Brettle – 4:48.81

Men’s 200 freestyle Multi-Class – Rowan Crothers

Women’s 200 freestyle Multi-Class – Jacqueline Freney

Men’s 50 backstroke – Ben Treffers – 25.26

Men’s 50 breaststroke Multi-Class – Ahmed Kelly

Women’s 50 breaststroke Multi-Class – Tanya Huebner

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