2015 Australian Nationals and Trials: Day Two Prelims

2015 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships

  • Dates: Friday, April 3 to Friday, April 10, 2015
  • Times: prelims 9:30 am, semis/ finals 6:30 pm
  • Location: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (GMT +11, or 15 hours ahead of N.Y., 18 ahead of L.A.)
  • Live Results: Available
  • Championship Central

Day Two of the 2015 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships got underway in Sydney, and Swimming Australia streamed 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 Two’s prelims include 50 free multi-class, women’s 100 back, men’s 100 back, women’s 100 breast, men’s 200 free, and women’s 1500.

Women 12 & Over 50 Freestyle Multi-Class

  • Title Holder: 30.13 – Maddison Elliott, Novocastrian, 4/1/2014

Ellie Cole (S9) of Castle Hill, who won the 100 backstroke multi-class last night, produced the morning’s fastest qualifying time with 29.84. Richmond Valley’s Jacqueline Freney (S7) qualified second for tonight’s final with 32.69. 13-year-old Tiffany Thomas Kane (S6) of Ravenswood, who between prelims and finals of yesterday’s 100 back dropped over 5 seconds, qualified third in 36.04, a new PB.

Defending champion Maddison Elliott (S8) of NU Swim qualified fourth in 31.40. Corry Taylor (S14) of Nelson Bay just missed the “A” final with her 28.87 and will thus lead the qualifiers in the “B” final tonight.

Men 12 & Over 50 Freestyle Multi-Class

  • Title Holder: 24.77 – Daniel Fox, Chandler, 4/1/2014

Mitchell Kilduff (S14) of Menai led the qualifiers in the men’s 50 free multi-class with 25.21, only .04 off his best time. Matthew Levy (S7) of Cranbrook EE qualified second, dropping .3 and coming to the wall in 28.47. Joshua Alford (S14) of Tuggeranong Vikings went a best time by .07 to qualify third for tonight’s final. Timothy Disken (S9) from PLC Aquatic dropped over .3 in prelims and earned the fourth spot for finals. Andrew Pasterfield (S10), who came in with the fastest seed time, went 24.72 and took the fifth qualifying spot.

There will be “A” and “B” finals for both the women’s and men’s 50 free multi-class.

Women 100 Backstroke – Prelims

  • Australian: 58.23 – 7/28/2012 Emily Seebohm, Brothers
  • Title Holder: 58.92 – 4/3/2014 Emily Seebohm, Nudgee Brothers
  • FINA: 1:00.24

Second-seeded Madison Wilson of St Peters Western turned in the top time of the morning with 59.38, a best time by .4. Defending champion and Australian record-holder, Emily Seebohm of Brothers, cruised to a 1:00.28, qualifying second for tonight’s semi-final. Hayley Baker from Melbourne Vicentre was third in 1:01.36.

Men 100 Backstroke – Prelims

  • Australian: 52.97 – 8/11/2008 Hayden Stoeckel, Norwood
  • Title Holder: 53.46 – 4/2/2014 Mitch Larkin, St Peters Western
  • FINA: 53.81

Defending champion Mitch Larkin of St Peters Western held his top seeding and went through to the semi-finals with 53.79. The second-fastest time out of prelims belonged to Robert Gerlach of Brothers, who improved his seed time by .6 for 54.63. Ashley Delaney of Nunawading went 54.92 to qualify third for tonight’s semis.

A big prelims drop sent Will Stockwell through at seventh, with 55.59. Stockwell, who swims with the Yeronga Club in Brisbane, is the son of Australian Olympian and former Florida Gator, Mark Stockwell, and Tracy Caulkins.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Prelims

  • Australian: 1:05.09 – 3/20/2006 Leisel Jones, Commercial
  • Title Holder: 1:07.31 – 4/5/2014 Lorna Tonks, Indooroopilly
  • FINA: 1:07.12

Jennie Johansson of Sweden led the qualifiers in the women’s 100 breast with 1:07.31, beating her seed time by 4/100. Defending champion Lorna Tonks of Indooroopilly had the morning’s second-fastest time in 1:08.63. Just behind her was 17-year-old Georgia Bohl of Chandler and Taylor McKeown of Indooroopilly (1:09.01).

The top 8 were all under 1:10. With only 8 making it through to the final, tonight’s semi-final is shaping up to be quite a race. The other sub-1:10s included Leiston Pickett of Southport Olympic (1:09.03), Sally Hunter of Marion (1:09.19), Jessica Hansen of Nunawading (1:09.30), and Tessa Wallace of PWCAL (1:09.78).

Men’s 200 Freestyle – Prelims

  • Australian: 1:44.06 – 7/25/2001 Ian Thorpe, SLC Aquadot
  • Title Holder: 1:45.46 – 4/1/2014 Cameron McEvoy, Palm Beach
  • FINA: 1:47.31

Tonight’s men’s 200 free looks as if it will be another tight semi-final. Chandler’s David McKeon notched the fastest prelims time (1:47.72), but only by 1/100 over Daniel Smith of Miami (1:47.73). Defending champion Cameron McEvoy of Palm Beach went 1:48.31 to qualify third for semis. Regan Leong went a best time in the morning to place fourth with 1:48.40, while Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Miami went 1:48.49 for fifth. Ned McKendry of Chandler was sixth with 1:48.64, Mack Horton of Melbourne Vicentre, seventh (1:48.83), and Bobby Hurley of Ravenswood improved his seed time by .7 to qualify eighth.

Women’s 1500 Freestyle – Prelims

  • Australian: 16:01.53 – 8/21/2010 Melissa Gorman, Redcliffe League
  • Title Holder: 16:17.36– 4/6/2014 Laura Crockart, Ryde-Carlile

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle just tore through the prelims of the 1500, holding 1:04s throughout and finishing just 11 seconds off her entry time, in 16:06.72. Boyle finished nearly 100 meters before the next-fastest competitor.

Only the top 8 out of prelims will dispute the title on Sunday night. In addition to Boyle, qualifiers include Chelsea Gubecka of Kawana Waters (16:54.59), Kareena Lee of Mountain Creek Mooloolaba (17:09.62), her teammate Phoebe Hines (17:09.86, a half-second drop), 14-year-old Molly Batchelor of Melbourne Vicentre (17:19.88, best by .5), 15-year-old Madeleine Gough of Sawtelle (17:20.36, best by 11.3), 14-year-old Laura Davy of CA Tritons (17:23.08, best by 18.5), and Nerice Smith of Nunawading (17:27.27, best by 14.4).

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My God,,, this male announcer has the voice tone that either puts you to sleep or drives you mad.


Sleep. Have you caught the shots of the crowd? Empty seats and folks sleeping even during finals. They’re as bad as us Yanks, but at least we have that good announcer who cajoles the fans and tries to shame them into cheering for their swimmers.


LOL! Well his voice is as smooth as butter. He makes me feel extremely CALM. But no, he doesn’t get me “psyched”! 🙂


Here is video of yesterday’s 400 free final:



Hackett looks really good. In stroke and fitness. I remember a picture surfacing once of him at the beach where he looked pretty out of shape, but when it shows him here after the race, he looks pretty cut. Let’s see how he builds off of this.


Thank you, NickH! What a great race! Horton is in amazing shape!

Hackett looks very muscular (and TAN) in comparison to his younger rivals. Maybe the added strength will help him in the 200?

Speaking of commentators, if the US can’t have Gold Medal Mel, can we have Australia’s duo?! They’re terrific, and at international meets don’t just focus on the Australians. I always try to find video where these 2 are speaking when I look for races on YouTube!

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