2015 Australian Nationals and Trials: Day Five Prelims – Top 10 Women’s 100 Free All Go Sub-55

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

Day Five prelims 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 Four’s prelims include women’s and men’s 50 back multi-class, women’s 100 free, men’s 200 back, women’s 200 breast, men’s 200 breast, and men’s 200 free multi-class.


Women 12 & Over 50 Backstroke Multi-Class Prelims

  • Title Holder: 39.30 – 4/3/2014 Lakeisha Patterson, Southern Cross

Maddison Elliott (S8) of NU Swim earned 910 points with her 38.23 50 back, only .7 off her best time. Elliott will swim in Lane 4 in tonight’s final. To her right will be Lakeisha Patterson (S8) of Kawana Waters, who dropped .03 in prelims for 38.75, giving her 874 points. Ashleigh McConnell (S9) from Melbourne Vicentre was the third qualifier through to finals, going 36.11, a best time by .40.

Joining them in tonight’s final will be Jacqueline Freney (S7) of Richmond Valley (42.30); 14-year-old Jenna Jones (S13) of Auburn, who dropped 1.1 seconds to hit the wall at 35.79; Elizabeth Slack (S9) of Lane Cove (36.97); 15-year-old Nicole Miro (S10) of Menai (34.96, best by .4); and Teneale Houghton (S15) from Liverpool (34.78).

Men 12 & Over 50 Backstroke Multi-Class Prelims

Title Holder: 30.68 – 4/3/2014 Timothy Disken, PLC Aquatic

Michael Anderson (S10) of Flinders of Buderim dropped 2/10 and came out on top of the field of qualifiers for the men’s 50 back multi-class with 893 points. Timothy Disken (S9) of PLC Aquatic qualified second in 31.06. 14-year-old Timothy Hodge (S9) who is unattached, dropped 9/10 and jumped up to third with 860 points. Top-seeded Sean Russo (S13) of Menai qualified fourth (29.21).

Also going through to finals will be a pair of 16-year olds: Logan Powell (S9) of Cotton Tree, who dropped .46 for 32.63, and Lima Schluter (S14) of Kawana Waters, who pummeled his seed time, dropping 1.5 seconds with 32.64. Rounding out the final will be Craig Morgan (S15) of Bathurst City, who improved by 1.4 with 30.04, and Jeremy Tidy (S10) of Nunawading (30.63).

Women 100 Freestyle Prelims

  • Australian: 52.33 – 7/28/2013Cate Campbell, Commercial
  • Title Holder: 52.68 – 4/5/2014 Cate Campbell, Commercial
  • FINA: 54.09

The most anticipated race of the day was the women’s 100 free, and with no wonder: Australia has one of the most stacked fields in the world, and they were all on display this morning in Sydney. Australian record-holder Cate Campbell of Commercial went 53.50, less than a second off her seed time, to advance into the semi-finals in first place. Her sister Bronte Campbell won her heat, which may have been the most competitive of the morning, in 54.15 to qualify second. Sweden’s Michelle Coleman went 54.23 to go through third, just ahead of Madison Wilson from St Peters Western, who dropped a half-second to touch in 54.27.

Just to put some perspective on the depth of this event in Australia, the top ten qualifiers for semi-finals all swam under 55, and to make it in at all took a 56.14. Melanie Wright of Southport Olympic (54.50), Emma McKeon of Chandler (54.56), Brittany Elmslie (54.74), and Alicia Coutts (54.79) rounded out the first eight. Bronte Barratt made it through ninth, and Emily Seebohm of Brothers dropped .75 and to qualify 11th.

Seven of the world’s top 25 100 freestylers so far this year will contest this semi-final: Cate (ranked number 2 in the world in 2015) and Bronte (3) Campbell, McKeon (6), Wilson (12), Elmslie (14), Wright (16), and Coutts (23).

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Men 200 Backstroke Prelims

  • Australian: 1:55.26 – 4/5/2014 Mitch Larkin, St Peters Western
  • Title Holder: 1:55.26 – 4/5/2014 Mitch Larkin, St Peters Western
  • FINA: 1:57.37

Defending champion, Australian record-holder Mitchell Larkin of St Peters Western, put up the top time of the morning to go through to the semi-finals with 2:00.40. Joshua Beaver of Tigersharks wasn’t far behind, qualifying second with 2:00.68. Teammate Matson Lawson went 2:02.15 to lead the next six semi-finalists, all of whom were in the 2:02s. Of those, fourth qualifier Jack Gerrard of Melbourne Vicentre (2:02.44) and Hayden Lewis of Marion (2:02.61) improved on their seed times to get there; Gerrard dropped .75 while Lewis dropped 1.4 seconds.

Ben Edmonds of Marion was sixth with 2:02.91; Bobby Hurley of Ravenswood, seventh in 2:02.94; and Ashley Delaney of Nunawading, eighth with 2:02.98. Keelan Bridge of Sydney University, Clyde Lewis of Brothers, and Ryan Leonard of Aubury all dropped time in prelims to make it through. Leonard, in particular, had an impressive morning: he improved by 2.7 seconds and qualified 16th with 2:04.63.

Women 200 Breaststroke Prelims

There were not too many surprises in the women’s 200 breast prelims; defending champion Taylor McKeown of Indooroopilly went through with the morning’s fastest time of 2:28.14. McKeown is the Dophins’ strongest breaststroker, and seems to be inching her way toward taking down Leisel Jones’ 2006 record of 2:20.54, although it may not be at this meet. Qualifying second was Sally Hunter of Marion in 2:31.63. Only .02 separated the next two qualifiers: Aisling Scott of Indooroopilly (2:33.06) and Jenna Straunch of Melbourne Vicentre (2:33.08).

16-year-old Mikayla Smith of Nunawading dropped .99 and wound up fifth in the morning heats, going through to semi-finals with 2:33.59. Meagan Ramsey of Sydney University also went a best time, dropping .7 for sixth with 2:34.15. Kate Bird of Perth Swimming (2:36.78) improved her seed time by 3.7 seconds and jumped up to tenth, while Carlee Millikin of Trinity Grammar (2:37.26), went 1.1 seconds better than her entry time and qualified 11th.

It took 2:38.92 to make it through to semi-finals.

Men 200 Breaststroke Prelims

  • Australian: 2:07.31 – 7/30/2009 Christian Sprenger, Commercial
  • Title Holder: 2:08.63 – 4/1/2014 Christian Sprenger, Commercial
  • FINA: 2:10.01
  • Australian: 2:07.31 – 7/30/2009 Christian Sprenger, Commercial
  • Title Holder: 2:08.63 – 4/1/2014 Christian Sprenger, Commercial
  • FINA: 2:10.01

With defending champion Christian Sprenger not competing in this event, the field is wide open. It was 16-year-old Matthew Wilson of SOPAC Swim who stepped up to fill the void in prelims, swimming a 2:15.28 to lead the qualifiers for semi-finals. Nicholas Schafer of River City Rapids, just back from representing Wisconsin at NCAAs, went 2:15.89 for second. Lennard Bremer of Westside Christ Church was third through with 2:16.15, while 17-year-old Alex Milligan of West Coast dropped 1.4 seconds to qualify fourth.

Justin Woolley of Melbourne Vicentre took 2.6 seconds off his entry time and made seventh in 2:17.10. Nikola Pregeli from TSS Aquatics dropped just over 2 seconds, qualifying 12th with 2:19.40, and Tyron Dobrunz of Tigersharks went 2:19.57, 8/10 better than his previous best, to qualify 13th.

It took 2:21.03 to make semi-finals.

Men 12&O 200 Freestyle Multi-Class Prelims

  • Title Holder: 1:59.02 – 4/4/2014 Rowan Crothers, Yeronga Park

In what is sure to be an exciting final, the top two seeds, Daniel Fox (S14) of Chandler and Braedan Jason (S13) of Alexandra Headlands, qualified through to the final with 957 and 951 points, respectively. Fox went 1:58.90, just 1.2 seconds off his seed time, while Jason was 1:58.77, only .26 away from his. Mitchell Kilduff (S14) of Menai (2:01.56) and Brenden Hall (S9) of Lawnton (2:03.51) tied for third with 895 points. Joshua Alford (S14) of Tuggeranong Vikings was the fifth through with a PB of 2:02.19. Rowan Crothers (S9) from Yeronga Park went 2:00.05 for sixth. 16-year-old Liam Schluter (S14) of Kawana Waters dropped 3.1 seconds and qualified seventh, and Guy Harrison-Murray (S10) of Perth City rounded out the top-eight with 2:06.00.


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5 years ago

That 53.50 by Cate is the slowest looking 53 I’ve seen ever. If she had not raced against anyone and thus being so far ahead, I would have never guessed it was a 53.

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Reply to  aswimfan
5 years ago

It appeared she was on cruise control for the entire race. You could tell she was not showing her full strength.

Reply to  aswimfan
5 years ago

Cate is a beast.She swims with such control…save an “come out of nowhere swimmer” or injury, i can t see anyone beating her in Kazan.

Reply to  DDias
5 years ago

Hhmm. Sjostrom has to be seriously respected and with Heemskerk now “a member of the 52sec club; she must also be considered. The other clear but very real threat is “little sister”. I’m not sure C1 is currently quite back to her 2013-2014 form but little sister may just take her AUS no1 crown tomorrow night. Times will be interesting; 5 from semis below 53.75 and Wilson scaring the life out of 54flat. Will this be replicated or bettered in the final and will C1 and/or C2 go sub 53 and if so, how far below ?

5 years ago

I totally agree! She has an extremely efficient stroke to go that fast with such a slow turnover rate. Beautiful swimming!

5 years ago

Whew Aussie has picked up their SPRINT game! Those sprinters are on fire! Men and Women

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