2016 HANCOCK PROSPECTING AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS)
- Thursday April 7th-Thursday April 14th
- SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre – Adelaide
- Prelims – 11 am local (9:30 pm EDT previous evening); Finals – 7:45 pm local (6:15 am EDT)
- Australian Olympic Qualifying Criteria
- Psych Sheets
- Program of Events
- Live stream
- Live results
Women’s 100 Back Multi-Class – Prelims
2012 Paralympic champ Ellie Cole won the women’s 100 back to open the night. Cole, competing in the S9 classification, was 1:11.34 to barely touch out Katherine Downie (1:11.49).
For Cole, that’s still about three seconds off her world record in the event.
Men’s 100 Back Multi-Class – Prelims
Another 2012 Paralympian won the men’s event – 28-year-old Michael Anderson. Anderson was 1:01.28 to win the event by more than 9 seconds. Anderson competes in the S10 classification.
Women’s 100 Back – Prelims
Emily Seebohm has been all but unbeatable in the 100 back over the past year, but she might face some of her stiffest competition worldwide at these Australian Championships. She wound up just third in the preliminaries behind two young talents.
Madison Wilson, 21, is the top qualifier at 59.54, which is still well off her 58.75 seed time that earned her silver behind Seebohm at Worlds last summer. Then it’s 15-year-old Minna Atherton, the junior world record-holder, who went 59.97 for second. Atherton is just about six tenths off her junior world record for the moment.
Seebohm finished third in 1:00.09, though she’s expected to be 58 or faster when the final rolls around after consistently hitting 58s on last year’s World Cup tour.
Top 8 qualifiers:
- Wilson – 59.54
- Atherton – 59.97
- Seebohm – 1:00.09
- Whittaker – 1:00.30
- Hocking – 1:00.31
- Coleman – 1:01.18
- T-7 Forrester – 1:01.60
- T-7 McKeown – 1:01.60
Men’s 200 Free – Prelims
It was a fairly relaxed morning in the men’s 200 free, with a whole crowd of men sneaking just under 1:50 to earn spots in the semifinals.
David McKeon is the top seed at 1:47.66, with Kurt Herzog the only other swimmer in the 1:47s (Herzog was 1:47.82).
World champs finalist Cameron McEvoy qualified back in 7th with a 1:48.39, though he really shut things down over the final 50, going from a 27.4 split (second best third split of the top 8) to a 28.30 (slowest closing split of the top 8).
In another positive step in his comeback, 35-year-old Grant Hackett safely qualified for the semis with a 1:48.33 that placed him 5th.
Also in are the returning members of the bronze medal 4×200 free relay from Worlds last summer: McKeon, McEvoy, Daniel Smith (1:48.19 for 4th) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:48.41 for 8th).
A day after crushing the best 400 free of 2016, 19-year-old Mack Horton is also in the semis after going 1:48.54 for 9th.
- McKeon – 1:47.66
- Herzog – 1:47.82
- Merrilees – 1:48.18
- Smith – 1:48.19
- Hackett – 1:48.33
- Hansford – 1:48.35
- McEvoy – 1:48.39
- Fraser-Holmes – 1:48.41
Women’s 100 Breast – Prelims
Sweden’s Jennie Johansson, part of the foreign contingent competing here in Adelaide, won prelims of the women’s 100 breast, popping a 1:06.63 that ranks her just inside the world’s top 10 for the season:
The 27-year-old Johansson will be challenged in semis by 18-year-old Aussie Georgia Bohl, who was 1:06.73. Bohl was a tenth off her season-best, which now sits tied with Johansson at #9 worldwide.
30-year-old Sally Hunter, the veteran of the field, was third a ways back in 1:08.21. Also in the 1:08s this morning: Taylor McKeown, Lorna Tonks and Leiston Pickett.
McKeown and Tonks were Australia’s entrants into the World Championships last summer. Both made the semis, but missed the cut for the medal final. Bohl’s swim is a key one for Australia, as she outperformed the times of both Worlds entrants from last year.
Getting a breaststroker near the 1:05 range could be huge for Australia’s medley relay – they finished in the bronze medal position last summer at Worlds, but were outsplit by almost two seconds by both the gold (China) and silver (Sweden) medal teams on breaststroke.
- Johansson – 1:06.63
- Bohl – 1:06.73
- Hunter – 1:08.21
- Mckeown – 1:08.35
- Tonks – 1:08.37
- Pickett – 1:08.96
- Hansen – 1:09.02
- Strauch – 1:09.27
Men’s 100 Back – Prelims
Reigning world champ Mitch Larkin rolled away with the top seed in the men’s 100 back, going 53.39. That’s well off his season-best, but that’s mostly because his season-best was a near-world-record effort from the World Cup last November.
Larkin is the top seed by more than a second, with Joshua Beaver (54.40) and Ashley Delaney (54.43) in tow.
Beaver and Benjamin Treffers are both ranked inside the world’s top 25 for the season, and both will move on to the semis. Treffers is 7th in 55.38.
At 27 years old, Bobby Hurley is the veteran of the field, sitting 4th in 54.51. He’s tied with Zac Incerti for that spot.
Women’s 400 Free – Prelims
27-year-old Bronte Barrat nabbed the top qualifying spot from national record-holder Jessica Ashwood in the morning’s final individual event.
Barratt and Ashwood currently sit #8 and #6 in the world, respectively, though neither hit a season-best this morning.
With just prelims and finals of every event 400 meters and up, only the top 8 will move on in this event. Included in that group is junior world champ Tamsin Cook, who went 4:09.73 for third place. Last year’s World Champs entrant alongside Ashwood was Leah Neale, and she barely snuck in wiht a 4:12.72 for 8th place.
- Barrat – 4:07.37
- Ashwood – 4:08.65
- Cook – 4:09.73
- Melverton – 4:10.39
- Lee – 4:11.55
- Fairweather – 4:11.80
- Titmus – 4:12.44
- Neale – 4:12.72