2015 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships
- Dates: Friday, April 3 to Friday, April 10, 2015
- Times: prelims 10 am, semis/ finals 7 pm
- Location: Sydney Olympic Park (GMT +11, or 15 hours ahead of N.Y., 18 ahead of L.A.)
- Live Results: Available
- Championship Central
The final prelims session of the 2015 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships is taking place in Sydney, and Swimming Australia is streaming the whole thing live on YouTube. The national championship is doubling as a selection meet for both the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, and the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
This is a prelims/semis/finals meet (with the exception of 400 meters and above, as well as IPC events); 16 make it back for semis, while only 8 compete in the final. Day Eight’s prelims include women’s and men’s 100 fly multi-class, men’s and women’s 400 IM, and women’s and men’s 50 breast multi-class.
Women 12&O 100 Fly Multi-Class Prelims
- Title Holder: 1:08.51 – 4/22/2014 Kayla Clarke, Waterworx
Top-seeded Madeleine Scott (S9) of Leisurepark Lazers led the field through to finals with 798 points, clocking a 1:110.94 in prelims. Pru Watt (S13) of Cranbrook dropped 6 seconds, swimming a 1:12.63 for 749 points and a second-place qualification. 15-year-old Emily Beecroft (S9) of Traralgon dropped over 3 seconds, moving up to third with 1:14.05 and 732 points. Bathurst City’s Rachel Staines (S6) finished fourth with 1:40.76 for 695 points, just 1 point ahead of Nikesha Harding (S14) from Aquablitz Toongabbie (1:18.69).
Maddison Elliott (S8) from NU Swim was the sixth qualifier with 681 points (1:18.66). 14-year-old Amy Cook (S14) of SLC Aquadot, who has had a simply terrific meet, went through seventh in 1:20.49 (648 points). Rounding out the final was Cook’s teammate Amanda Fowler (S14) in 1:17.09 (626 points).
Men 12&O 100 Fly Multi-Class Prelims
Title Holder: 59.72 – 4/22/2014 Mitchell Kilduff, NSW
Top-seeded Timothy Antalfy (S13) from Hunters Hill qualified at the top with 906 points and a best time by 2 full seconds, 56.76. Defending champion Mitchell Kilduff (S14) of Menai finished second with 883 points (1:01.09). Daniel Fox (S14) from Chandler was the third through to finals in 1:01.63 (860 points), just ahead of Lawnton’s Brenden Hall (S9), who touched in 1:02.45 for 853 points.
Jesse Aungles (S9) from Marion qualified fifth with 785 points (1:05.53). Joshua Alford (S14) of Tuggeranong Vikings was sixth, dropping 5 seconds to earn 776 points with 1:03.78. 16-year-old Braedan Jason (S13) from Alexandra Headlands went 1:00.14 for 762 points and seventh place, while Rick Pendleton (S10) of Flinders rounded out the final with 748 points (1:01.67).
Men 400 IM Prelims
- Australian: 4:10.14 – 5/3/2013 Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Miami
- Title Holder: 4:10.68 – 4/2/2014 Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Miami
- FINA: 4:15.81
Travis Mahoney of Nunawading led the field in the men’s 400 IM with 4:20.76. Tomas Elliott from SOPAC Swim went 4:22.88 to qualify second, just ahead of Kazimir Boskovic of Sydney University (4:23.33) and Brothers’ Jared Gilliland (4:23.33).
Top-seeded Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Miami was fifth with 4:23.49. David Morgan from TSS Aquatics dropped 11 seconds to qualify sixth at 4:24.79. Jorden Merrilees of Melbourne Vicentre dropped more than 12 seconds and went through seventh. Hayden Sydenham Hinds of SOPAC Swim rounded out the “A” final in 4:26.19.
There were several big swims in prelims that led to finals appearances: Jack Gerrard of Melbourne Vicentre dropped more than 10 seconds to make it back 11th with 4:31.71; Nicholas Groenewald of Nunaading dropped just a tick to qualify 12th with 4:31.72; Keeland Bridge of Sydney University took 1.7 seconds off his seed time for a 13th-place finish in 4:33.76; and Ryan Leonard of Auburn dropped a half-second to qualify 15th with 4:34.17. It took 4:34.83 to make it back to finals.
Women 400 IM Prelims
- Australian: 4:29.45 – 8/10/2008 Stephanie Rice, StPeters Western
- Title Holder: 4:39.69 – 4/1/2014 Keryn McMaster, Waterworx
- FINA: 4:37.77
Defending champion and top-seed, Keryn McMaster of Waterworx led the group of qualifiers into finals with 4:44.99. Ellen Fullerton of Brothers dropped 2 seconds and made it through second. Tessa Wallace of PWCAL was third, just ahead of Jessica Pengelly from West Coast, in 4:47.38. Tianni Gilmour came in fifth with 4:48.83.
Taylor McKeown of Indooroopilly was sixth in 4:49.90, ahead of Alanna Bowles (4:50.52) and TSS Aquatics’ Kiah Melverton (4:52.10).
Women 12&O 50 Breast Multi-Class Prelims
- Title Holder: 88 – 4/6/2014 Tanya Huebner, Melb. Vicentre
13-year-old Tiffany Thomas Kane (SB6) from Ravenswood, earned her sixth trip to finals with the top qualifying swim of 790 points (48.57) in the 50 breast. 14-year-old Jenna Jones (SB13) of Auburn went through second with 749 points, after dropping a half-second and touching in 39.94. Paige Leonhardt, another 14-year-old, placed third with 40.33 (715 points). Jaime Getson (SB1) knocked 8/10 off her seed time and qualified fifth for finals with 41.29.
Monique Beckwith (SB15) from MLC Aquatic went 39.85 and took the sixth spot for finals, while Nikesha Harding (SB14) of Aquablitz Toongabbie was seventh in 42.23. Rounding out the final was Caitlyn Mackay (SB14) from Warrnambool with 43.01.
Men 12&O 50 Breast Multi-Class Prelims
- Title Holder: 52 – 4/6/2014 Blake Cochrane, Southern Cross
Matthew Levy (SB7) of Cranbrook held onto his number one seeding, dropping 8/10 and putting up the morning’s fastest qualifying time of 36.03 for 1008 points. Next was Blake Cochrane (SB7) of Southern Cross, whose 37.43 earned him lane 5 in tonight’s final. Richard Eliason (SB14) from Ginninderra was only 4/10 off his seed time, qualifying third in 32.01 (847 points). Matthew Ward (SB9) of Hunters Hill dropped .8 and came in fourth with 32.13.
14-year-old Liam Bekric (SB12) of Norwood was the fifth qualifier; he touched in 33.64. Timothy Diskin (SB8) of PLC Aquatic went 34.91 to earn the sixth spot in finals, while Ahmed Kelly (SB3) of Melbourne Vicentre (55.32) and Grant Patterson (SB2) of Central Cairns (1:05.39) rounded out the field.