Sprenger and Irvine post world’s best on night four of Aussie Champs

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.

Full, live meet results available here.


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João Gomes Jr. has a 27.20 from Maria Lenk..


Brazilians, with some quite few exceptions, can only swim these 50m non-olympics events. In 2016 Brazil won´t win a single medal, because Pereira will be too old to swim 200 medley and with Manadou, Morozov, Sedov, Adrian and others who will certanly appear in international level, Cielo has no chances. And please, do not mention Chierighini or H. Rodrigues, ok??

get your facts straight.Did you think only americans,australians and russians have age group stars?There is some guys two seconds than Cielo(at that time) down here… there is a lot of water to pass till 2016.Its an impossible prediction(right now).

Chieriguini is a big IF for me.I dont have any thoughts how far he can go…


Put Coutts in that 4×200 FR and the Australians will give USA a run for their money. That relay is very balanced.

I’m mostly surprised with Coutts back sprint though. If she improves her breast (and if she drops 100 fly from her program), she’ll make it more interesting with Shiwen. As of now, Shiwen is still the runaway favorite.


Ok, and Franca is going to rule in 100B and Joana Maranhao will dominate in IM events…poor chinese girl !!!!!

Philip Johnson

Roberts is not looking like the 47.6 swimmer he was last year, although we still have the finals. Qualified 4th in 48.83 after swimming 49.68 in the heats. That may of been a once in a lifetime swim, drafting off a near sub 47 swim .. Just goes to show you how much of swimming is mental. Some swimmers how the potential, but will never reach that plateau because they over think their capabilities. Roberts is young though, so I’m not completely counting him out.

Eager to see what Magnussen does in the final. Will he go all out like last year or will be do just enough to win and save it for Barcelona? We shall see..