Pallister Surges To 4:08 In 400 On Day 2 of Australian Age Championships


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16-year-old Lani Pallister went 4:08.37 in the 400 free, dominating the second day of Australia’s Age Championships.

Pallister, the standout distance swimmer of the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, won the race by six and a half seconds this week. Pallister was six seconds faster than last year’s winner in the 16-year-old girls event. She’s been a tick faster (4:07.76 last year) in her career, but this is still one of the Cotton Tree swimmer’s better races.

Perth City’s Kalani Ireland also had a great day 2, winning his second gold medal. The 17-year-old was 55.93 to win the 100 backstroke, finishing about a second off the Australian age record. Ireland also won the 50 free on day 1.

Meanwhile Rackley’s Thomas Neill broke through with a 400 free win for the 16-year-old boys. Neill was 3:50.99, winning by more than three seconds. Neill was second in last night’s 100 free, showing great range between a 50.75 100 and a 3:50.99 400.

In the girls 15-year-olds 100 free, Mollie O’Callaghan of St. Peters Western was 55.58 for the win.

You can see full-session race videos below:



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Good solid swims by Pallister in the 400 free, Neill in the men’s 400 free for 16 year olds & Molly O’Callaghan @ 55.58 for 15 year old, Australia still producing freestylers but struggling for depth in other strokes.

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