Australian Championships: Day Three Live Recap


Women’s 400 Freestyle Multi-Class

Monique Murphy (SB10) won the women’s 400 freestyle multi-class in a time of 4:35.53 earning 970 points. Lakeisha Patterson (SB8) finished second ni a time of 3:45.06 scoring 952 points followed by Jade Lucy (SB14) who hit the wall in a 4:52.82 earning 871 points.

  1. Monique Murphy  – 4:35.53
  2. Lakeisha Patterson – 4:45.06
  3. Jade Lucy – 4:52.82
  4. Nikesh Harding – 5:10.37
  5. Megan Botha – 5:14.93
  6. Katja Dedekind – 4:58.87
  7. Jenna Jones – 4:59.41
  8. Maddison Elliot – 5:23.70

Men’s 400 Freestyle Multi-Class

Brenden Hall (SB9) took the men’s 400 freestyle multi-class in a time of 4:12.60 scoring 969 points. Rowan Crothers (SB10) finished second in a time of 4:09.87 earning 926 followed by Murray Harrison (SB10) who posted a 4:15.35 scoring 868.

  1. Brenden Hall – 4:12.60
  2. Rowan Crothers – 4:09.87
  3. Murray Harrison – 4:15.35
  4. Blake Cochrane – 4:43.94
  5. Timothy Hodge – 4:29.43
  6. Braedan Jason – 4:16.00
  7. Jesse Aungles – 4:50.14
  8. Liam Schluter – 4:15.99

Women’s 200 Freestyle (Semi-Finals)

  • Australian Record – Emma McKeon – 1:55.53
  • Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:56.95

On Sunday evening Emma McKeon will look to win her third straight national championship in the women’s 200 freestyle. McKeon put herself in a good position to make it a three peat by finishing with the fastest time of 1:55.82 in the semi-finals. Her time is not far off her own national record of the 1:55.53, which she recorded at the New South Wales State Championships in March.

Two of McKeon’s St Peters Western teammates had the second and third fastest qualifying times in the semi-finals. Bronte Barratt posted a 1:56.56 while Madeline Groves recorded a 1:57.84. After declining to swim the 400 freestyle final this is Barratt’s final attempt at qualifying for her third Olympic Games. Just like McKeon Groves has punched her ticket to Rio last night in the women’s 100 butterfly.

400 freestyle champion Jessica Ashwood posted the fourth fastest time of 1:58.28.

  1.  Emma McKeon – 1:55.82
  2. Bronte Barratt – 1:56.56
  3. Madeline Groves – 1:57.84
  4. Jessica Ashwood – 1:58.28
  5. Leah Neale – 1:58.76
  6. Mikka Sheridan – 1:59.24
  7. Carla Buchanan – 1:59.31
  8. Tamsin Cook – 1:59.45

Men’s 200 Freestyle

  • Australian Record – Ian Thorpe – 1:44.06
  • Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:46.45

The race for the top spot in the men’s 200 freestyle was an extremely exciting one as Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Cameron McEvoy finished in a dead heat, tying for the win in a time of 1:45.63. The race was extremely close from start to finish with the margin between the two men never being greater than 26 one-hundredths of a second. McEvoy held the lead until the last 50 where Fraser-Holmes posted a final split 22 one-hundredths of a second faster than McEvoy.

  • Fraser-Holmes – 24.37/50.90 (26.53)/1:18.08 (27.18)/1:45.63 (27.55)
  • McEvoy – 24.33/50.64 (26.31)/1:17.86 (27.33)/1:45.63 (27.77)

Fraser-Holmes’ and McEvoy’s time puts them second in the world rankings.

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They were the only two men to go under the Olympic qualifying time.

David McKeon picked up the bronze in a time of 1:46.61 followed by Daniel Smith who posted a 1:46.87.

  1. Thomas Fraser-Holmes – 1:45.63
  2. Cameron McEvoy – 1:45.63
  3. David McKeon – 1:46.61
  4. Daniel Smith – 1:46.87
  5. Jacob Hansford – 1:47.46
  6. Mack Horton – 1:47.41
  7. Kurt Herzog – 1:47.70
  8. Jordan Merrilees – 1:48.07

Women’s 100 Backstroke

  • Australian Record – Emily Seebohm – 58.23
  • Olympic Qualifying Time – 59.71

Emily Seebohm took the women’s 100 backstroke in a time of 58.73. Seebohm was 39 one-hundredths of a second away from her season’s best of 58.34, which she recorded in November in Doha. Her time is the fastest time posted in 2016.

Considering the improvement that Seebohm made in between the 2015 Australian Championships and World Championships she is setting herself up well for another great summer. Last year she won this event in a time of 58.91 before going on to win the event in Kazan in a time of 58.26.

World Championship silver medalist Madi Wilson finished second in a time of 59.26. Although not her best performance, she has a season’s best of 59.09 and posted a 58.94 at this event last year, it was good enough to secure a spot on the Australian Olympic team.

Seebohm’s teammate Minna Atherton won the bronze in a time of 59.59, 22 one-hundredths of a second off her season’s best and junior world record.

  1. Emily Seebohm – 58.73
  2. Madi Wilson – 59.26
  3. Minna Atherton – 59.59
  4. Belinda Hocking – 59.81
  5. Sian Whittaker – 59.92
  6. Kaylee McKeown – 1:00.64
  7. Holly Barratt – 1:00.77
  8. Amy Forrester – 1:01.75

Men’s 100 Backstroke

  • Australian Record – Mitch Larkin – 52.11
  • Olympic Qualifying Time – 53.39

Mitch Larkin won the men’s 100 backstroke with relative ease posting a time of 52.54. He was off of his best of 52.11, which he recorded at the World Cup in Dubai.  Larkin has expressed the desire to erase Aaron Peirsol‘s name from the record books in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, something he may be able to accomplish once he faces stronger competition in Rio.

Larkin will be the only Australian competing in this event in Rio as no other competitor was able to swim faster than the Olympic qualifying time of 53.39. Joshua Beaver finished second in a time of 53.77 followed by Ashley Delaney who touched in a time of 54.29.

  1. Mitch Larkin – 52.54
  2. Joshua Beaver – 53.77
  3. Ashley Delaney – 54.29
  4. Ben Treffers – 54.70
  5. Zac Incerti – 54.41
  6. Bobby Hurley – 55.16
  7. Robert Gerlach – 55.29
  8. Ben Edmonds – 55.43

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

  • Australian Record – Leisel Jones – 1:05.09
  • Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:07.11

Georgia Bohl qualified for her first Olympic team winning the women’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:06.21. Bohl’s time places her fourth in the world rankings.

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Considering that Yulia Efimova will most likely not be competing in Rio Bohl will have a better chance at winding up on the podium. Her time this evening would have won the silver at the World Championships beating Ruta Meilutyte‘s time of 1:06.36. Considering Meilutyte has a lifetime best of 1:04.35 and since returning from injury has already recorded a 1:05.82 she may be out of reach, but Bohl will have a shot to beat swimmers such as Alia Atkinson who on the bronze in Kazan.

Taylor McKeown finished second recording a time of 1:06.68. McKeown beat the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:07.11 and will be headed to Rio.

Jessica Hansen finished third in a time of 1:07.29.

  1. Georgia Bohl – 1:06.12
  2. Taylor McKeown – 1:06.68
  3. Jessica Hansen – 1:07.29
  4. Sally Hunter – 1:07.36
  5. Leiston Pickett – 1:07.76
  6. Lorna Tonks – 1:08.51
  7. Jenna Strauch – 1:10.14
  8. Carle Milikin – 1:11.08

Men’s 200 Butterfly (Semi-Finals)

  • Australian Record – Nick D’Arcy – 1:54.46
  • Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:55.75

Kieran Qaium was the fastest qualifier in the men’s 200 butterfly posting a time of 1:57.78, well off of the Olympic Qualifying standard of 1:55.75. Hugo Morris finished second in a time of 1:58.03 followed by defending Australian champion Grant Irvine who recorded a 1:58.27.

For an athlete to qualify for Rio in this event they will obviously have to make a significant jump from the time they posted in the semi-final. Irvine and David Morgan are the two most likely to do that. Irvine has a lifetime best of 1:55.32 while Morgan, who recorded a 1:59.21 this morning, has a lifetime best of 1:55.99.

  1. Kieran Qaium – 1:57.78
  2. Hugo Morris – 1:58.03
  3. Grant Irvine – 1:58.27
  4. Christopher Wright – 58.41
  5. David Morgan – 1:59.21
  6. Nicholas Brown – 1:59.86
  7. Isaac Jones – 2:00.14
  8. Will Harmson – 2:00.97

Women’s 200 IM (Semi-Finals)

  • Australian Record – Stephanie Rice – 2:07.03
  • Olympic Qualifying Time – 2:11.39

Blair Evans continues to impressive with another strong performance, this time in the women’s 200 IM where she posted the evening’s fastest time of 2:12.45. Last night Evans qualified to swim the 400 IM in Rio earning a berth on the Australian national team for the first time in four years. The Olympic qualifying time of 2:11.39 alluded her in the semi-final, but she has set herself up well to achieve the standard in the final.

Alicia Coutts had the second fastest time of the evening recording a time of 2:12.50 followed by 2015 Australian Championship silver medalist Kotuku Ngawati who hit the wall in a time of 2:12.78.

  1. Blair Evans – 2:12.45
  2. Alicia Coutts – 2:12.50
  3. Kotuku Ngawati – 2:12.78
  4. Keryn McMaster – 2:13.11
  5. Ellen Fullerton – 2:14.27
  6. Aisling Scott – 2:14.71
  7. Calypso Sheridan – 2:15.74
  8. Holly Brettle – 2:16.41

Women’s 50 Breaststroke Multi-Class

Tiffany Kane (SB6) won the women’s 50 breaststroke multi-class set a new world record in the event 43.06. Kane beats the record of 43.48 set by Kristen Bruhn in 2012. Kenda Williams (SB9) finished second in a time of 38.64 followed by Kate Wilson (SB6) who posted a 49.66.

  1. Tiffany Kane (SB6) – 43.06
  2. Kenda Williams (SB9) – 38.64
  3. Kate Wilson (SB6) – 49.66
  4. Jaime Getson (SB14) – 39.85
  5. Hannah Britton (SB15) – 38.11
  6. Ruby Storm (SB14) – 41.08
  7. Emily Schmidt (SB14) – 41.81
  8. Nicole Miro (SB9) – 43.09

Men’s 50 Breaststroke Multi-Class

Blake Cochrane (SB7) won the men’s 50 breaststroke multi-class in a time of 35.55 earning 997 points. Matthew Levy (SB7) finished second in a time of 36.69 followed by Richard Eliason (SB14) who touched in a time of 31.63.

  1. Blake Cochrane (SB7) – 35.55
  2. Matthew Levy (SB7) – 36.69
  3. Richard Eliason (SB14) – 31.63
  4. Ahmed Kelly (SB3) – 50.67
  5. Liam Bekric (SB13) – 31.69
  6. Matthew Ward (SB9) – 32.42
  7. Rohan Bright (SB7) – 40.56
  8. Solomon Coleman (SB14) – 35.64
  • For the SB2 and SB3 classes, the 50 breaststroke is a Paralympic event
  • For the SB4-SB14 classes, the 100 breaststroke is a Paralympic event

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8 years ago

US has an advantage on Breastroke and Fly. Vollmer will be back at her best, under :56, and Worrel could be right with her.

8 years ago

Very surprised by Horton’s 1’47″5 in the 200. His 400 time should have resulted in a 1’45” something (see Grant Hackett’s times as he was a comparable performer).

Reply to  Crawler
8 years ago

Not necessarily.
an example: Janet Evans’ 400 PB was 4:03.8 while her 200 PB was only 2:00. You would think she should have been able to go 1:58, but no.
And you can’t compare Horton with Hackett.
Hackett was always good in 200 too.
Many people do not realize that Hackett’s first WR was 200 free.

Reply to  OntarioSwimming
8 years ago

I didn’t compare him with Thorpe who was a 200/400 swimmer who occasionally did the 100 and 800 but to Hackett who was a 200/400/1500 guy. 1’47″5 is really slow for a guy who went 3’41” and could go faster if pushed.

I guess he is one of those swimmers with not so great speed but terrific endurance.

Reply to  Crawler
8 years ago

Did you actually read my comment?

I wrote HACKETT.. and NOWHERE in the comment did I write Thorpe (which would have been extremely silly, as in nobody would compare male mid distance to Thorpe).

I wrote JANET EVANS, which I think Horton is similar to.

Hackett is not a good comparison because of the reasons I mentioned:
Hackett was ALWAYS so good in 200, the first World Record he broke was 200 free WR.

8 years ago

Makes no sense to compare tapered championship times to times in lesser meets. For example Murphy was 52.5 in the B final at the Canadian trials were he was just swimming for fun. In the men’s 100 back grevers is the defending champion and posted a SC WR so if he makes the us team which is still very tough he will be the slight favorite. Larkin is very fast and is the most recent champion but to me Ryan Murphy has the biggest upside and likely to drop more time than either Mitch or Matt. As far as the women’s 100 back missy has to improve her start tremendously to challenge seebohm who should be the favorite going in.… Read more »

jay ryan
8 years ago

Back to the 200 fly. Don’t count out Hugo Morris. He won the SEC’s in the 200 fly for Auburn in 1:40.59 SCY and has been improving. If he can convert his swims to LCM he might be able to make Rio. He scratched the 200 FR after a middling 1:49+ swim in the heats and is clearly aiming for the Fly.

8 years ago

AUS Best times added
58.2 Seebohm
1:06.1 Bohl
56.8 McKeon
52.3 Cambell
3:53.4 total
Is better than USA
58.3 Franklin
1:05.6 Meili
57.2 Worrel
53.2 Manuel
3:54.3 Total
Let’s assume Rio comes and USAs too swimmer swim insane
58.3 +0 from PB
1:05.0 -.6
56.3 -.9
And AUS swims decent
58.5 +.3 from pb
1:05.8 -.3
56.1 -.7
51.7 -.6
AUS needs to just do what they have already done, USA would need to steep up aton.
Obviously things can change, China could step up, Sweden surprised last year, but at the moment AUS is the favorite.

Reply to  Ok
8 years ago

My favorite races are Australia verses USA. Probably because I’m happy no matter which wins. It is the competition that matters. I just hope the USA can make it a competition. Australia looks mighty strong.

8 years ago

In responding with Pete, this is not good at all. We know yes she was classified twice as S7 in 2014 once in Australia from S9 then once in Brazil as protested swimmer. That is total four classifiers but she was upped to S8 in her swim in Brazil. We do not believe that she have Cerebal Palsy hemiplegia. It is not in her walking or posture or relaxing stance and she is symmetrical. She has fooled many classifiers. She is meant to have also Parkinsons Disease and Epilepsy but they have been dropped both to favor the Cerebal Palsy. Tonight she who has been classified with Cerebal Palsy left hemiplegia, Parkinson’s Disease and Epilepsy swam 6 seconds faster than… Read more »

Reply to  Kim
8 years ago

Take it through the official channels . Young ladies are not viciously attacked as ‘she’ 10 times in 7 lines in normal social circles.

Reply to  Gina
8 years ago

I will give Kim credit and respect for actually spelling out the concerns re Patterson; something I will not extend to the snipers who choose to rely on oblique snipes and personal attacks.

What I would say to them, given the ages of those they are attacking and the periods of reference; they substitute coaches/national para-sport officials rather than the swimmer themselves when looking at people to potentially put before the judge.

The entire IPC classification system with regards to swimming needs to be completely overhauled and whilst fingers are being pointed at AUS, quite probably with due justification, with regards to manipulation of classifications; it beggars belief to protest that they are the only ones.

Reply to  Gina
8 years ago

She is not swimming on a local or a high school team anymore. She is an international competitor. She gets funding I believe so she is basically a professional swimmer and she also promotes herself as one. She is definitely open to criticism and I also agree her coaches and parents should shoulder a lot of the blame if what is claimed is true. For myself I watched a clip on youtube of her swimming and I can tell you that I am a parent of a swimmer with hemiplegia and there were numerous things she was doing that gave her away as not legit with CP. Just look at the flip turn and secondly she for sure is swimming… Read more »

Reply to  TA
8 years ago

My point is that teenage swimmers/athletes are essentially minors and far more unquestioning of coaches/official instructions than an adult and whilst they are the one’s who will “cop it in the neck” with regards to penalties/exclusion; the real culpability lies with those in the positions of authority.

Having said that; I am not intimately acquainted with this particular case and if, as you are seemingly intimating, we have a case of someone who is essentially able bodied “impersonating” a handicap then that is a very different matter.

I DO thank you for providing an explanation for your complaint and respect what you say. Unfortunately the conduct on some forums of various “aggrieved parties” does little credit to their cause and… Read more »

Reply to  commonwombat
8 years ago

CW, I agree that it is abhorrent that Patterson is clearly being supported by numerous adults in various capacities. However this girl is 17- well and truly old enough to be fully cognizant with what she is doing and the ramifications.
The fact that the Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy and Micrographia are now gone in favour of CP Hemiplegia makes reclassification mandatory according to IPC rules.
Her gait has changed from walking on her toes to heel strike with a floppy ankle and her curled fingers in no way resemble CP.
Absolute disgrace.

Reply to  TA
8 years ago

Well you just referred to the young lady ,who is still a minor , 9 times as “she” . This is not a grammar thing but a reflection of your contempt.

Silver medal. Gold to Kim.

Reply to  Gina
8 years ago

And I should add that the “official channels” are made up of the very same people who support her.

Reply to  TA
8 years ago

This is a very concerning situation and a particularly offence one for the IPC and para swimming, not to mention persons actually living with CP. Is it only Australia? Probably not but Ausyralia iss most definitely a stand out with two of their swimmers in particular.

Mild hemiplegic CP quite simply does not present its self in the manner that this particular Australian swimmer is attempting to demonstrate.

Further, posting a time that is faster than an 18 year old classified S8 male swimmer is a huge warning bell to those who govern the sport both nationally and internationally.

The point that I would like to make that I believe is being ignored is that coaches who… Read more »

Reply to  Swimmammy
8 years ago

IF this is truly the case, and I don’t have the connects with Para swimming that I have elsewhere, then I will completely agree with your courses of action. The issue will be that of conclusively proof to substantiate the allegations. As far as I am aware of, the allegations with regards to the two “suspects” differ.

Pete, I have already stated that that my comment re age would not be applicable if we were talking straight out “impersonation” with regards to this particular “suspect”. However, if we are referring to cases of swimmers (from the beginning of their careers, say 13-14 even 15) being instructed to “soft pedal” certain races, if they’re giving a half plausible explanation they’re not… Read more »

Reply to  Swimmammy
8 years ago

This truly is the case.

The issue of conclusive proof begins with interviewing the Australian coaches involved – one a Platinum level coach. These swimmers are coached by accredited coaches, they train and compete within National tier competition along side their peers. They are funded by the Australian Tax Payer and SA sponsors. This therefor has to be dealt with at a national level. SA must sit up and take notice of these allegations instead of letting it continue to play out in swimming blogs etc, frustration always finds its own course.

This is not a case of ‘soft pedalling’ races. It is child abuse and fraud.

Concurrently, the IPC need to revoke these swimmers competition licences… Read more »

Reply to  Swimmammy
8 years ago

Thing is, CW, that there really is no facility to express concerns.
SA would appear to be completely complicit with the cheating, and we are told we are unable to approach the APC or IPC.
Australian swimmers are gagged by contract to prevent them from speaking up about cheating team mates.
Nevertheless the IPC have been presented with evidence and this is just ignored- the blanket response is “we stand by our classifiers”. It would appear that these concerns are not even given consideration despite some substantial evidence that the ‘suspects” can perform feats which should be quite beyond their capabilities.
The other issue is that classification is glaringly inconsistent for neurologically impaired athletes- it really… Read more »

Reply to  Kim
8 years ago

Can someone please explain to me how this swimmer can go from doing a 5.03.19 at World Championships in July last year to doing a 4.45.06 only 8 to 9 months later? Especially with a so called neurological condition!! That is nearly a 20 second time difference.

Kim I suggest if you are calling for review of this swimmer that you also google search photos of her and go right through them as some are very interesting to look at. Interestingly, she has gone from being able to swim open handed with her left hand (pics on google)to clenching her fist. Also, I have heard that she recently obtained her drivers licence (this was advertised on her facebook page)… Read more »

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Gina Trump or Gina Murdoch, I don’t know, for sure America was not great in 2012! 😆

Yes you’re right! USA has won only 16 gold medals out of 32 pool events in London! 😆 😆 😆 😆

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

That would be Jerry Murdoch!

8 years ago

At the current time there is no evidence that the US will be ahead on any leg. Breaststroke possibly, but certainly not by a second.

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