Stubblety-Cook Takes 2 Golds, 13-Yr-Old Kolenbet Scores Record At QLD Prep Meet


The 2023 Queensland Preparation Meet got underway today at Brisbane Aquatic Center with World Record holder Zac Stubblety-Cook in the water.

The Olympic gold medalist from Chandler took on the men’s 100m breast and 50m breast events today, reaping gold in each. ZSC got his hand on the wall in a time of 1:00.77 in the former while he clocked a result of 28.59 in the latter.

He was also set to take on his bread-and-butter 200m breast but wound up not swimming the event.

Among the younger set, 13-year-old Oscar Kolenbet wowed once again, producing a new Queensland Record in the boys’ 50m breaststroke.

Kolenbet posted a super quick 30.59 to top the podium for his age group, scorching his previous state record of 31.00 in the process. That old mark was logged just this past February when he overtook ZSC’s state record of 31.28 which had been on the books since 2012.

Additional winners on the day included 18-year-old Ella Ramsay scoring gold in two events, taking the 200m free in 2:02.59 and the 200m breast in 2:28.33.

Olympian Leah Neale put up an effort of 4:16.36 in the 400m free while Ty Hartwell earned gold in 55.09 for men’s 100m backstroke gold. Thomas Nowakowski was another winner on the night, topping the men’s 50m free podium in a result of 22.63.

The action continues tomorrow at this in-season competition offering racers another tune-up opportunity ahead of April’s Australian National Championships, as well as June’s Australian World Trials meet.

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Kay Playforth
4 days ago

What A Blast 👏👏👏 Fabulous Times and efforts. Congratulations To All Competitors! 🏊🏊🏊

Emily Se-Bom Lee
4 days ago

dekkers with a solid 2:07.86

Reply to  Emily Se-Bom Lee
4 days ago

Excellent in-season time, only 0.8 off her PB. Hopefully we’ll see a significant PB at National Champs or trials.

Still shocked that Emma went a 2:07.7 while clearly unrested. Didn’t think we’d ever see a 200 fly from her again.

5 days ago

That swim by Kolenbet would also be a national record if age records for stroke 50s were tracked by SA.

5 days ago

T.G.L.C.!! I’m at NCs, enjoying the amazing show as much as anyone, but…It’s been making me really hungry for long course!!

…OK get ready with your down votes, I think I can handle it…I’m about to do the work our two French posters have been neglecting for the past year [since the emergence of Marchand…a coincidence? I think not]…scy = bathtub.

Now that someone had the courage to say it, doesn’t it make NCs feel complete.

Last edited 5 days ago by Chas

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