2015 Australian Nationals and Trials: Day Seven Prelims – More Campbell vs Campbell Action in the Women’s 50 Free

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 Seven 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 Seven’s prelims include women’s and men’s 200 IM multi-class, women’s 50 free, men’s 50 back, women’s 50 breast, men’s 1500 free, and women’s 200 free multi-class.


Women 12&O 200 IM Multi-Class Prelims

Title Holder:  2:33.13 – 4/2/2014   Kayla Clarke, Waterworx

After a slight delay for technical reasons, the women’s 200 IM multi-class took to the water. Teigan Van Roosmalen (SM13) of Mingara scored 810 points to lead the qualifiers for tonight’s final; she went 2:40.77. Going through second was Madeleine Scott (SM9) of Leisurepark Lazers; her 2:41.47 earned her 767 points. Right behind Scott was Westside Christ Church’s Katherine Downie (SM10) in 2:41.34.

Taylor Corry (SM14) of Nelson Bay scored 718 with her 2:41.02 to qualify fourth, while Amanda Fowler (SM14) of SLC Aquadot made it through fifth in 2:48.60. 16-year-old Kate Wilson of Kingscliff dropped nearly 2 seconds, qualifying sixth in 3:28.11. 15-year-old Nicole Miro (SM10) of Menai dropped 1.4 seconds to make seventh with 2:44.71. Teneale Houghton (SM15) of Liverpool scored 657 points and was the last to qualify for finals with 2:44.28.

Men 12&O 200 IM Multi-Class Prelims

Title Holder:  2:14.93 – 4/2/2014   Rick Pendleton, Flinders

Matthew Levy (SM7) of Cranbrook was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 IM MC, earning 892 points with a personal-best 2:39.10. Defending champion Rick Pendleton (SM10) from Flinders went 2:17.70 which was good for 842 points and the second qualifying spot for finals. Jeremy Tidy (SM10) of Nunawading was third, going a PB 2:18.66 for 824 points. Jesse Aungles (SM8) from Marion was just off his seed time with 2:30.75 at fourth.

Lawnton’s Brenden Hall (SM9) scored 803 points going 2:23.76, while Mitchell Kilduff of Menai made it in at sixth in 2:22.16. Joshua Alford (SM14) of Tuggeranong Vikings was seventh in 2:22.46, and Timothy Diskin from PLC Aquatic made it in at eighth with 2:25.37.

Women 50 Freestyle Prelims

  • Australian: 96 – 8/24/2014  Cate Campbell, Commercial
  • Title Holder: 18 – 4/3/2014   Cate Campbell, Commercial
  • FINA: 91

Many of the names from last Wednesday evening’s 100 free final showed up among the top-16 qualifiers moving through to semi-finals in the 50 free, including the gold medal winner, Cate Campbell of Commercial. Campbell qualified second in 24.76 behind sister Bronte Campbell, who clocked a 24.72 in prelims.

Melanie Wright of Southport Olympic, who placed third in the 100 last night, qualified third in 25.37, just ahead of Alicia Coutts from Redlands (25.48) and Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (25.51). Lucy McJannett of Bayside and Emily Seebohm of Brothers both touched in 25.57, and Brittany Elmslie of St Peters Western took the eighth spot with 25.66.

It took 25.95 to make it into the semi-finals.

Men 50 Backstroke Prelims

  • Australian: 54 – 4/4/2014   Ben Treffers, Burley Griffin
  • Title Holder: 54 – 4/4/2014   Ben Treffers, Burley Griffin

Australian record-holder and defending champion Ben Treffers of Burley Griffin dominated the morning heats of the men’s 50 back, touching in 25.08, about a half-second off his best time. Qualifying second for semi-finals was Daniel Arnamnart of Lane Cove, who came in at 25.60, just ahead of Mitch Larkin of St Peters Western (25.81) and Indonesia’s Siman Sudartawa (25.94).

Joshua Beaver of Tigersharks went 26.03 to get the fifth spot, a mere .01 in front of Zac Incerti of West Coast (26.04). Robert Gerlach of Brothers (26.07) and Bobby Hurley from Ravenswood (26.12) rounded out the first eight. The cutoff point to make top-16 was 26.55.

Women 50 Breaststroke Prelims

  • Australian: 16 – 8/2/2009   Sarah Katsoulis, Nunawading
  • Title Holder: 89 – 4/2/2014   Leiston Pickett, Southport Oly.

2015 champion Leiston Pickett of Southport Olympic put up the fastest time of the morning with 31.31. Sweden’s Jennie Johansson was just behind with 31.35, ahead of Indooroopilly’s Lorna Tanks (31.40). 17-year-old Georgia Bohl of Chandler made it through fourth with 31.61.

Other top-eight names included Jessica Hansen of Nunawading (31.73); Tessa Wallace of PWCAL (31.97); Sally Hunter from Marion (32.28); and Philippa Cochran of Melbourne H2O (32.51).

18-year-old Courtney Daniels (33.12) of Acacia Bayside dropped 8/10 to jump into the 13th spot, and Cassandra Van Breugel (33.17) of Woy Woy took 2/10 off her seed time for 14th. The last place for semi-finals was a 33.31.

Men 1500 Freestyle Prelims

  • Australian: 14:34.56 – 7/29/2001  Grant Hackett, Miami
  • Title Holder: 14:51.55 – 4/6/2014   Mack Horton, Melb. Vicentre
  • FINA: 15:00.48

Two heats, ten swimmers, eight spots for finals. That’s the math that faced the competitors in the men’s 1500. In order to get a second swim they had to go hard enough to make sure they were not among the last two, but not too hard to wear themselves out, since they will be swimming another 1500 on Friday night.

In heat one, Jordan Harrison of Miami and Jack McLoughlin of Brothers came to the wall practically together in 15:28.95 and 15:29.47, respectively. Jarrod Poort of Wests Illawarra dropped 1.5 seconds to win heat two in 15:12.63, while Mack Horton placed second in a comfortable 15:26.66. These four led the field of qualifiers.

The fifth-fastest was Joshua Parrish of TSS Aquatics, just 3 seconds off his seed time with 15:39.25. His teammate Lachlan Colquhoun dropped 1.2 seconds to go through sixth with 15:45.94. Matthew Levings from Miami made it in at seventh with 15:50.44, while Nunawading’s Shane Asbury qualified eighth in 16:01.84.

Poort explained in an interview with Leisel Jones that he will not be coming back to swim the final, as his team is heading off to Mexico for the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix event in Cozumel on April 25.

Women 12&O 200 Freestyle Multi-Class Prelims

  • Title Holder: 2:13.93 – 4/4/2014   Kayla Clarke, Waterworx

In the final event of the morning, the top eight seeds in the women’s 200 free MC all made it through to tonight’s final. 16-year-old Maddison Elliott (S8) from NU Swim led the way with 777 points (2:33.54). Nelson Bay’s Taylor Corry (S14), sporting a headful of shockingly pink hair to raise awareness for Autism, came through second in 2:18.85 and 756 points. Teneale Houghton (S15) of Liverpool went 2:20.88 to qualify third. Both Corry and Houghton also made the 200 IM MC final.

Monique Beckwith (S15) of MLC Aquatic qualified fourth, swimming 2:21.80 for 721 points. 14-year-old Amy Cook (S14) of SLC Aquadot was the fifth qualifier, going 2:24.72 for a best time by 8/10. Auburn’s Jenna Jones (S13), who is also just 14 years of age, was sixth. Jade Lucy (S14) from SLC Aquadot went a best time of 2:28.27 to qualify seventh, while Megan Botha (S14) of CA Tritons rounded out the field with 2:32.07.



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Can we actually talk about Cate Campbell’s reaction times. I’ve watched two of her races and she was .78 off the blocks both times. It looks slow… 50:10 in the video if you want to check it out .70 is normal for athletes i see at most swim meets, but cate campbell is ultra elite. I expect better at her level. You could argue that it’s a heats swim so she could just be less on edge and is just being conservative, but I don’t buy that with a start, it not only looks slow it lacks explosiveness. I just don’t see the point in performing an essential part of her race differently each time. You should always strive to… Read more »


The only similarly built swimmer I can think of is Michelle Coleman (182cm and ‘lanky’ in appearance) – Her RTs in 2014 were typically around 0.75, so not too dissimilar. Sarah Sjostrom (186cm – the same height as Cate) is another example; Rewind to Rome ’09 and her RT was around 0.80 (and as bad as 0.85 when she set her WR) – Now, 0.68 is typical for Sarah.. the difference? Hard work in the gym. Her upper body has gone from Steffen/Campbell to Ottesen/Hosszu – It’s only logical to suggest she has also gained a large amount of explosive power. Does Campbell go the same way? For me, not in 1 million years. Cate does not seem have the… Read more »


I have already wrote in swimswam and the other swimming forums since 2013 that the only thing preventing Cate from breaking both 50-100 WRs is her start.

Cate had the SLOWEST reaction time among 16 semifinalists in 50 free, around 0.81 or 0.83
Truly unacceptable for world’s fastest sprinter. But hey, what do you know, she IS the fastest female sprinter on earth.

Her reaction time has actually improved somewhat, not by much though.


Mags wins the 50fr in 21.98, Cam following closely in 22.03. None of them make the QT – does this mean that Australia won’t have anyone swimming the 50fr for them at Worlds?


Ouch !! They haven’t got yet very fast 50 free sprinters …but it will come


No they are both already on the team and will be able to swim the 50

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