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
Women’s 100 freestyle – Final
Last weekend Femke Heemskerk took over the top spot in the world rankings in the women’s 100 freestyle posting a 52.69 at the Eindhoven Swim Cup. This evening in Sydney reigning world champion Cate Campbell stepped up and matched Heemskerk’s time posting a 52.69 to win the event at the Australian Championships.
Four more Australian women posted times under the FINA standard of 54.09.
Bronte Campbell finished second in a time of 53.04 which is good enough for third in the world rankings. She was followed by Melanie Wright (Schlanger) who recorded a 53.50 which ranks fifth and Brittany Elmslie who posted a 53.66 which sits seventh in the world rankings.
Emma McKeon who finished in a time of 53.68. McKeon did not match her semi-final time of 53.61 which sits sixth in the world rankings.
Alicia Coutts finished sixth in a time of 54.43 followed by Bronte Barratt (54.78) and Lucy McJannett (55.00).
Men’s 200 backstroke – Final
Mitch Larkin took the men’s 200 backstroke in a time of 1:55.52. Larkin, the Commonwealth Games champion in the event, led the race from start to finish turning at the halfway mark in a time of 56.03 finishing the final 100 meters in a time of 59.49.
Larkin’s was not far off his lifetime best of 1:55.26. His time puts him second in the world rankings with only Irie Ryosuke having gone faster.
Commonwealth Games silver medalist Joshua Beaver finished second in a time of 1:56.48 which puts him third in the world rankings.
Both men were under the FINA standard of 1:57.37.
Ashley Delaney collected the bronze finishing in a time of 1:58.84.
Bobby Hurley finished fourth in a time of 1:59.33 he was followed by Matson Lawson (2:00.53), Ben Edmonds (2:01.90), Jack Gerrard (2:02.21) and Robert Gerlach (2:02.26).
Men’s 200 breaststroke – Final
This is one of the weakest events for the Australians who had not man come close to the FINA standard of 2:10.01.
Nicholas Schafer won the event in a time of 2:12.47. He was followed by Lennard Bremer who recorded a 2:13.63 and Joshua Tierney who hit the wall in a time of 2:13.66.
16 year old Matthew Wilson was not able to match his semi-final time of 2:13.33, which was a new Australian age group record, finished fourth in a time of 2:13.92.
Buster Sykes finished fifth in a time of 2:14.18 followed by Alex Milligan (2:14.99), Justin Woolley (2:17.13) and Ryan Evernden (2:18.43).
Women’s 200 backstroke – Semi-Final
Madison Willson had an outstanding performance in the women’s 200 backstroke recorded a time of 2:08.27 to become the fastest qualifier for tomorrow night’s final. Wilson’s time places her atop of the world rankings taking over the spot from Elizabeth Simmonds who had posted a 2:08.32 earlier this year.
Wilson’s time improves on her lifetime best of 2:09.22 which she recorded in 2013.
Emily Seebohm was the next fastest qualifier posting a 2:10.26. Seebohm has a season’s best of 2:09.30 which sits fifth in the world rankings.
Hayley Baker finished third in a time of 2:11.01.
Women’s 200 breaststroke – Semi-Final
After the performances in the women’s 200 breaststroke semi-final it looks like it may be a race to watch in tomorrow evening’s program. Tessa Wallace made a huge improvement to become the top qualifier for tomorrow night’s final. Wallace recorded a 2:23.34 improving on her previous best of 2:25.29 which she posted at this event last year.
Commonwealth Games gold medalist Taylor McKeown qualified with the second fastest time of 2:23.77.
The two women swam very different strategies as Wallace took the event out in a time of 1:09.43 comparative to McKeown who split a 1:08.21.
Wallace’s time puts her third in the world rankings while McKeown’s has her in the fifth place position.
She was followed by Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sally Hunter who finished in a time of 2:24.38 which places her eighth in the world rankings.
All three women were under the FINA standard of 2:24.68.
Men’s 100 butterfly – Semi-Final
Jayden Hadler posted an impressive 100 butterfly in the semi-final finishing in a time of 51.66. His time puts Hadler third in the world rankings and improves on his lifetime best of 52.09 which he recorded in 2012.
Tommaso D’Orsogna hit the wall in a time of 51.90 which places him fifth in the world rankings. He also improved on his previous lifetime best of 52.21.
The next two fastest qualifiers in the event were Grant Irvine who finished in a time of 52.52 and David Morgan who recorded a 52.56.
Men’s 50 freestyle – Semi-Final
Cameron McEvoy was the fastest qualifier in the men’s 50 freestyle posting a time of 22.24. He was followed by James Magnussen who hit the wall in a time of 22.31 and Matthew Abood who recorded a 22.34.
Women’s 50 butterfly – Semi-Final
Brittany Elmslie was the fastest qualifier in the women’s 50 butterfly recording a time of 26.62. She was followed by Emma McKeon who posted a 26.69 and Marieke D’Cruz who finished in a time of 26.80.
Women’s Multi-Class 100 freestyle
Taylor Corry took the women’s multi-class 100 freestyle in a time of 1:01.72. She was followed by Jacqueline Freney who posted a 1:09.58 and Maddison Elliot who finished in a time of 1:06.84.
Men’s Multi-Class 100 freestyle
Daniel Fox won the men’s multi-class 100 freestyle in a time of 53.53 followed by Joshua Alford who touched in a time of 55.79. Matthew Levy picked up the bronze in a time of 1:02.67.