2018 OCEANIA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 25-29, 2018
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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- Day 3 Finals Results
The third day of the 2018 Oceania Swimming Championships in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea is in the books, and several of the winners from days 1 and 2 found themselves back on top of the podium.
Highlighting the action was 15-year-old Australian Joshua Edwards-Smith, who broke his own Australian Age Record to win the men’s 200 back. Edwards-Smith clocked in at 2:01.95, dipping below his previous record for 15-year-olds of 2:02.04, set in April. 18-year-old Kiwi Andrew Jeffcoat finished as the runner-up to Edwards-Smith in 2:04.19, just as he did in the 100 back.
The 14-year-old Monahan had wins in the 50 fly and 400 IM on days 1 and 2, and added a third on Thursday in the 100 fly. She went 1:01.84, getting under her previous best of 1:02.22 set less than two weeks ago at the Hawaiian Senior Championships. 15-year-old Aussie Emily White (1:03.48) took 2nd.
Ryan, who is 25, won the 100 breast on day 2, and followed it up with the 50 breast title on day 3 in 32.88. 200 breast champ Lauren Gastevich of Australia was 2nd in 33.40.
- 19-year-old Epeli Rabua of Fiji won the men’s 50 breast in 29.34, prevailing in an insanely close final. Runner-up Jonathan Rutter of New Zealand was just .01 back for silver in 29.35, and another Fijan, Taichi Vakasama, was another hundredth back for 3rd (29.36).
- The women’s 400 freestyle was a 1-2 for Australia, with 15-year-old Sharni Robinson (4:14.84) claiming the title and 5k open water gold medalist Phoebe Hines (4:19.50) taking 2nd.
- Wesley Roberts of the Cook Islands won the men’s 400 in 3:56.01, less than a second off his national record, while open water and 1500 winner Ethan Owens (3:57.41) of Australia was the runner-up.
- 17-year-old Australian Oliver Nash (54.68) managed to hold off Kiwi Wilrich Coetzee (54.85) for the victory in the men’s 100 fly.
- 16-year-old Gina McCarthy led a 1-2 finish for New Zealand in the women’s 200 back, clocking 2:17.74 with teammate Caitlin Deans (2:21.31) 2nd and Monahan 3rd (2:21.85).
- The Australian women topped New Zealand by over four seconds in the 400 free relay, as Rebecca Jacobson (who won both the 100 and 200 free on days 1 and 2) led off in 56.51 and they eased to victory in 3:50.55.
- The New Zealand men got the better of Australia in their race, however, with Carter Swift getting them off to a lead they would never relinquish (leading off in 50.74). They came in at 3:25.38, with the other three swimmers splitting 51-point, while the Aussies were 3:28.05 for silver.