2017 AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, April 9th – Thursday, April 13th
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
- Prelims at 11am local/Finals at 7:30pm local
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While competing in the first finals session of the 2017 Australian Swimming Championships, 16-year-old Ariarne Titmus crushed the women’s 800m freestyle field en route to her first senior national long course title. Among a field that included reigning national champion and 2016 Olympian Jessica Ashwood, as well as 5k open water swimmer national championship winner Kiah Melverton, Titmus held her own in the race, leading wire-to-wire to clock a final time of 8:23.08.
Entering this meet, the St. Peters Western swimmer’s 800m freestyle personal best rested at 8:37.50, but she hacked almost 15 seconds off of that mark with tonight’s swim. In doing so, Titmus scored a new Australian National Age Group Record for 16-year-olds, overtaking the previous record of 8:24.74 held by Alanna Bowles since 2014.
Although Titmus’ huge PB fell just short of Becca Mann’s (USA) All Comers record for 16-year-olds (8:22.45), Titmus now checks-in as the 5th fastest Australian performer of all time in the event and also holds the top time in the world this season.
Australia’s Top 10 Performers of All-Time in Women’s 800m Freestyle
- 8:18.14 Jessica Ashwood 1993 Santa Clara 05.06.16
- 8:22.81 Kylie Palmer 1990 Beijing 14.08.08
- 8:22.83 Katie Goldman 1992 Sydney 19.03.10
- 8:22.93 Julie McDonald 1970 Seoul 25.09.88
- 8:23.08 Ariarne Titmus, 2017 Australian National Championships
- 8:24.15 Janelle Elford 1970 Boca Raton 30.05.88
- 8:24.62 Tracey Wickham 1962 Edmonton 05.08.78
- 8:24.74 Alanna Bowles 1997 Glasgow 28.07.14
- 8:25.74 Blair Evans 1991 Sydney 19.03.10
- 8:25.78 Michelle Ford 1962 Edmonton 05.08.78