Christian Sprenger continues to look fantastic every time he hits the water at the 2013 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships. In the 50 breaststroke Sprenger dominated the final winning by a full second, posting a time of 26.90. His time is by far the fastest done in the world this year and is a new Australian record.
The previous record of 26.95 was set by Brenton Rickard in 2009.
In the men’s 200 butterfly Grant Irvine put up a 1:55.32, winning the event by over two seconds. His time is the best time in the world this year, surpassing the 1:55.51 posted by Yuki Kobori at Japanese Nationals earlier this month. At the half way point Irvine and Christopher Wright were in a tight race, but Irvine made a significant move in the third 50 to pull away from Wright and had an even stronger final 50 to win the race easily.
Grant’s splits – 25.94/29.47 (55.41)/30.05 (1:25.46)/29.86 (1:55.32)
Wright finished second in a time of 1:57.79 followed by Keiran Qaium who finished third posting a time of 1:58.10.
On the first night of competition Bronte Barratt impressed many in the 400 freestyle winning the event in a time of 4:03.52. On night fourth night of the competition she was once again very impressive in winning the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:56.05, the second fastest time in the world this year next to Camille Muffat of France who posted a 1:55.48 at the French Nationals earlier this month.
In London Barratt collected the bronze in the same event recording a time of 1:55.81. Her season’s best coming into the meet had been a 1:57.51, which she had at the New South Wales Open Championships.
Barratt was followed closely by both Kylie Palmer and Emma McKeon with all three women finishing under 1:57.
Barratt – 27.51/29.35 (56.86)/29.60 (1:26.46)/29.59 (156.05)
Palmer – 27.79/29.71 (57.50)/29.74 (1:27.24)/29.42 (1:56.66)
McKeon – 27.34/29.38 (56.72)/29.97 (1:26.69)/30.08 (1:56.77)
McKeon’s 1:56.77 breaks Blair Evans’ 18 year olds national record of 1:57.38.
Brittany Elmslie finished fourth in a time of 1:57.15.
The men’s 800 freestyle final saw three youngsters finish in the top three spots. 18 year olds Jarrod Poort and Jack McLoughlin won gold and silver in times of 8:06.71 and 8:12.53 respectively. They were followed by 16 year old Ethan Owens who posted a time of 8:14.66.
James Magnussen who clocked a 47.97 in the heats won the semi-final in a time of 48.24. He was followed by Cameron McEvoy who posted a 48.63 with Matt Targett qualifying third in a time of 48.68. Kenneth To (48.58) who had the second fastest time in preliminaries decided to bypass the semi-final to focus on the 200 IM.
The men’s 200 IM final looks to be a very exciting race with only six tenths of second separating the top three men. Daniel Tranter took top spot heading into the final posting a season’s best of 1:59.06. He was followed by Justin James, who was 1:59.64, and Kenneth To who recorded a 1:59.66.
To and Tranter had a great race at the New South Wales Open Championship earlier this year, with Tranter winning the event in a time of 1:59.18 with To finishing in a time of 1:59.52.
Alicia Coutts took top spot in the semi-finals of the women’s 50 backstroke qualifying for the final in a time of 28.12. Emily Seebohm qualified second in a time of 28.14 followed by Madison Wilson who recorded a time of 28.47.
The women’s 200 butterfly final should be a great race with the top three women separated by only 26 one-hundredths of a second.Samantha Hamill posted a time of 2:10.64 followed by Madelin Groves who recorded a time of 2:10.81 with Amy Smith qualifying third in a time of 2:10.90.
The women’s multi-class 100 breaststroke saw Tanya Huebner (S6) win the event in a time of 1:44.72.
Blake Cochrane (S8) won the men’s multi-class 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:19.24 followed by Ahmed Kelly (S4) who posted a 1:54.56 to take second with Richard Eliason (S14) finishing in third with a time of 1:08.86.
In her second race of the evening Amanda Fowler (S14) won the women’s multi-class 400 freestyle in a time of 4:56.17. Kara Leo (S14) finished second recording a time of 4:57.59 followed by Katherine Downie (S10) who finished third recording a time of 4:51.83.