Nick Sloman Enters All-Time Aussie List Of SC 1500 Freestylers


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Day 1 of the 2020 Queensland Short Course Prep Meet taking place in Brisbane is giving both age groupers and elite athletes alike the chance to race for the first time on months.

Already through just day 1 of the 2-day affair, we saw an Australian Age Record bite the dust, courtesy of Thomas Hauck in the men’s 200m backstroke. His time of 1:54.11 knocked .52 off of the previous age mark for 17-year-olds of 1:54.63 previously held Olympian Mitch Larkin. You can read more about Hauck’s impressive outing here.

Hauck also raced the 400m free and 100m free events thus far at this short course prep meet, posting times of 3:44.81 and 49.76, respectively. The former effort renders the All Saints swimmer as the 5th fastest Aussie 17-year-old performer ever.

Next up was a head-turning swim from 22-year-old Nick Sloman in the men’s 1500m freestyle. The open water ace handily took the event title here in Brisbane, stopping the clock in a winning time of 14:42.75. That cleared the field by over a minute, with the Noosa swimmer producing a lifetime best with his dominating victory.

Sloman entered this meet with a career-quickest time of 14:59:57, a time he produced at the 2018 Queensland SC Championships. As such, tonight’s performance checks-in as just his 2nd occasion ever under the 15:00 barrier, with his outing now inserting Sloman into the list of all-time Aussie performers in this SC event at #9.

All-Time Aussie Men Short Course 1500 Freestyle Performers

  1. 14:10.10 Grant Hackett 80 Miami Aug’01 Perth
  2. 14:26.21 Jordan Harrison 95 Miami Nov’14 Adelaide
  3. 14:26.52 Kieren Perkins 73 Commercial Jul’93 Auckland
  4. 14:32.47 Robert Hurley 88 Wests Illawarra Nov’09 Singapore
  5. 14:39.84 Mack Horton 96 Melbourne Vicentre Oct’18 Budapest
  6. 14:39.95 Daniel Kowalski 75 Miami Aug’93 Melbourne
  7. 14:40.05 Matthew Levings 94 Miami Dec’12 Istanbul
  8. 14:41.84 Stephen Penfold 82 Miami Sept’02 Melbourne
  9. 14:42.75 Nick Sloman August 2020 Chandler
  10. 14:43.84 Joshua Parrish 97 TSS Aquatic Oct’18 Melbourne

Sloman also topped the men’s open 400m free here in Queensland, posting a time of 3:49.08.

Sloman won back-to-back 10k national titles for Australia and also took bronze in open water at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

18-year-old Thomas Neill was another breakout star of day 1 here, with the 4-time World Junior Championships medalist taking the 400m free in style. Neill put up a big-time 3:41.38 personal best in the event, splitting 53.56/55.84/55.67/56.31.

Entering this meet, Neill’s quickest 400m free time short course was represented by the 3:54.47 posted at the 2017 State Teams SC Championships. 3 years later, the Rackley athlete hacked nearly 13 seconds off of that previous PB, sliding him into the all-time Aussie 18-year-old list in slot #5.

All-Time Aussie 18-Year-Old Men SC 400 Free

  1. 3:35.01 Grant Hackett Miami Hong Kong FINA World Cup 01.04.99
  2. 3:36.20 Ian Thorpe SLC Aquadot Perth Australian SC 03.08.01
  3. 3:39.17 Eilijah Winnington Bond Melbourne Australian SC 25.10.18
  4. 3:40.42 Daniel Smith Miami Hobart Australian SC 08.08.09
  5. 3:41.38 Thomas Neill QLD SC Prep Meet

Neill also won the 200m IM in 1:59.61 and the 100m free in 49.18 in the 18-year-old men category.

Additional Winners:

  • Alex Graham of Bond topped the men’s 50m fly in a time of 23.91. Even faster was 18-year-old Ethan Banks who hit a time of 23.87 to win that age category.
  • Rackley’s Bronte Job beat the men’s 100m free field for the 17-year-old age set, hitting the wall in 54.25. Carla Buchanan accomplished the same feat in the 19+ category, taking the 100m free title in 53.85

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1 year ago

Kind of wild to see former 50 scm back world champ Robert Hurley on the 1500m Aussie all-time list. The dude had range!

Reply to  DCSWIM
1 year ago

Strangest event specialty for a swimmer ever? If I recall it wasn’t even just that he was a distance swimmer/backstroker; he was specifically good at the sprint backstroke. His best events were those with both the highest and lowest turnover.

1 year ago

Well, Bronte did a very good Job (also 26.42 in the 50 fly and 26.65 in the 50 back for her), but obviously she beat the Women’s 100m free field for the 17-year-old age set, hitting the wall in 54.25.
Plenty of interesting results in this first day of competition, for instance the 8.21.12 swum in the 800 free by 15 year-old Tiana Kritzinger.

Last edited 1 year ago by nuotofan
Reply to  nuotofan
1 year ago

That 800 free swim by Kritzinger was a very special swim considering she was part of Nudgee College Swim crew that had a 4hr skins training session between 5am-9am before being let loose to backup at Chandler swim Centre. It is a new Queensland age record and number 2 all time Australian age short course swim, knocking over some very impressive names and times on that all time list in the process (including current world champ Titmus). Big things on the horizon for this pocket sized dynamo.

Reply to  SHRKB8
1 year ago

Yeah I thought it was the most interesting swim of day 1 and it wasn’t even mentioned.

1 year ago

Sam Short (age 16 but racing as a 17 year old), Tom Hauck(17) and Tom Neill (18) all broke Qld allcomers records in the 400 free in the same heat. Bronte Job also broke an allcomers record in the 50 back (26.65) and Isaac Cooper (16) broke a 50 back Qld record In 25.09. Great comeback to racing in Qld.

1 year ago

Sloman… haha

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