On the third day of prelims at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships Ben Treffers recorded a 24.91 to qualify first in the men’s 50 backstroke and in the processtaking over the top position in the world rankings. That spot was held by Frenchman Camille Lacourt who recorded a 24.97 in January.
Josh Beaver qualified second in the event in a time of 25.37 while last year’s Australian national champion in the event Daniel Arnamnart qualified third in a time of 25.65. Bobby Hurley who held down the second place position in the 50 backstroke (25.10) world rankings going into the day qualified in fourth with a time of 25.76.
18 year old Mitchell Pratt was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 butterfly posting a time of 1:56.92, just off his season’s best of 1:56.41 which currently ranks second in the world. Grant Irvine qualified second in a time of 1:58.28.
Thomas Fraser-Holmes continued on with his busy weekend qualifying fourth with a 1:58.61. Daniel Tranter, who has a season’s best of 1:57.83 which ranks eighth in the world qualified in seventh in a time of 1:59.25.
In the women’s 200 breaststroke Taylor McKeown and Sally Hunter qualified for the top two spots with what appeared to be incredibly easy swims. McKeown, whose season’s best of 2:23.94 ranks second in the world, qualified first in a time of 2:27.41. Hunter, who finished second in the 50 breaststroke and has a season’s best of 2:25.79, qualified second in a time of 2:29.41.
Brittany Elmslie qualified with the top time in the women’s 50 butterfly posting a 26.55. Marieke D’Cruz qualified second in a time of 26.87. Alicia Coutts, who won the 100 butterfly earlier in the competition qualified in fourth with a time of 27.03.
James Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy currently hold down the top two spots in the world rankings for the men’s 100 freestyle and the two men put up the top two times in prelims this morning. Magnussen recorded a time of 48.36 followed by McEvoy who posted a 48.88.
Men’s 200m Freestyle Multi-Class
Daniel Fox broke his second world record this week in the men’s 200m freestyle Para Sport S14 finishing in a time of 1:58.35.
Fox will go through to the finals tonight hoping to secure a place on the Commonwealth Games team. New South Wales swimmers Mitchell Kilduff finished in 2:03.15 taking him through to the finals in second place and Joshua Alford (2:06.06) in third.
Women’s 50m Backstroke Multi-Class
Fifteen-year-old up and comer Lakeisha Patterson made a splash in the pool this morning in the women’s 50m backstroke Multi-Class breaking the S7 world record clocking a fast 39.00 seconds. Patterson will go through to the finals tonight up against Madison Elliott (37.04) and last year’s reigning champion Taylor Corry (32.93).
Men’s 50m Backstroke Multi-Class
Timothy Disken has come a long way in a year, after finishing sixth last year in the men’s 50m backstroke Multi-Class. Disken will now go through to the finals in the fast lane after touching the wall in 30.75 seconds. London Paralympian Sean Russo (28.76) goes through in second place and Michael Anderson in third place clocking 29.10 seconds.
Men’s 400m Freestyle Multi-Class
In the men’s 400m freestyle Multi-Class heats Brenden Hall showed his competitors why he holds the title making it through to the fast lane in tonight’s final hitting the wall in 4:19.94. Young gun Rowan Crothers (4:26.08) showed his diversity going head to head with Hall coming in second place and Joshua Alford heading into the finals in third place with a time of 4:37.20.
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