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Apr 20 19

Scott steals the show again in Glasgow

by ZwemZa

Duncan Scott won six medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (Getty Images)

Local favourite Duncan Scott once again wowed the Tollcross crowd as he took gold in the 200m Individual Medley, smashing his lifetime best to come within 0.01 of the British record.

After breaking the British record to win the 100m Freestyle earlier in the week, the University of Stirling swimmer continued his red hot form in the medley event to get the better of an extremely strong field. Leading from the get-go, Scott really made his move on the breaststroke leg, admitting post-race that training with Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson is paying dividends for that stroke. Bringing it home with his trademark fast freestyle, Scott stopped the clock in 1.56.65, the European and Commonwealth champion going inside the qualifying time for the Gwangju World Championships for the second time this meet.

Afterwards a delighted Duncan said:

“I was happy with my Commonwealth Games but I was disappointed with my 200m IM time. I knew there was definitely more there so this evening is definitely a step in the right direction, a big PB by more than a second, so that’s really good. It’s good that I’ve been able to move it on and I feel like that kind of time has been in there for a while, it’s was just about getting it out and yeah I’m really happy with it.”

It took a lifetime best for young Tom Dean to win silver, the National Centre Bath swimmer going inside 1.59 for the first time, with Joe Litchfield snatching the final podium spot as he edged out Mark Szaranek and Max Litchfield, all three men going sub two.

“I’m really pleased” said Dean. “I broke that 59 and I’ve been trying to break that mark for a long time now and I’m really happy to finally break it. This is obviously one of my target meets, so a PB at a target meet is what it’s all about. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. Obviously it’s not decided, the Worlds selection, so I’m slightly unsure about what the rest of my season looks like, but I’m just really happy at the moment.”

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor was also in good form, taking the British 200m Individual Medley title and going inside the World Championship consideration time. After a disrupted build up to this meet, the Olympic medallist looked relaxed in winning her heat this morning, knocking a further second off that time this evening to ensure she’s very likely to be on the plane to South Korea this summer.

Almost a second up after the opening butterfly leg, the National Centre Bath swimmer only extended her advantage over the course of the backstroke and breaststroke legs to take a clear victory, with Alicia Wilson having a great swim for silver, whilst Abbie Wood took her second medal of the week in third.

Post-race O’Connor commented:

“Being British champion is great but I’m thinking about what’s to come in the summer and next year, so this is a stepping stone towards that, so I can take a lot from this definitely. It’s all about the next 18 months and what I can do bouncing on from this.”

“I haven’t raced really coming into this, so to be honest if I took a really unemotional look at it I have to be happy with it. It’s obviously not the time that I wanted but I got the consideration time and hopefully that gets me on the plane.”

50m man Ben Proud flew down one length of the Tollcross International Swimming Centre to take the title in a hard fought freestyle encounter. Hot favourite coming in, the 50m Butterfly world champion got a typically good start, powering home to bag the consideration time for Gwangju. Chasing him all the way were Edinburgh University’s David Cumberlidge and Jack Thorpe, that duo securing the minor medals.

Proud noted afterwards:

“After 21.5 this morning being really relaxed, I kind of thought being inside the qualification time was going to be there. In terms of my preparation, you know we’ve taken this cycle a little bit slower, just building through with Tokyo in mind. In that regard it’s actually been pretty good.

“Obviously you want to go to the World Championships and win as many gold medals as you can, but for me though really I’m going to South Korea this summer, hopefully, only with learning in mind. If I don’t get any medals this summer that’s fine as long as I do well in Tokyo next year. Obviously I want to retain my 50 fly title and better my performances from Budapest last time in the freestyle, but at the same time, I’ll just go there and do as best I can.”

After taking the 100m title earlier in the week, European champion Georgia Davies once again led from gun to take her second gold of the week here in Glasgow. With no qualifying times available for the 50m Backstroke, the gold medal was the number one priority for Davies and she did just that, coming home ahead of minor medallists Lauren Cox and Cassie Wild.

Of her performances this week, Davies said:

“The time, again, is off where I was hoping and expecting to be. I was worried I hadn’t done something quite right for the 100m, but with the 50m being off as well, maybe something has gone wrong with my taper, so I’m going to have to go back and work out what didn’t quite go right and how I can improve on that.

“I need to keep everything crossed – I don’t know where I stand in terms of being picked for the World Champs. If I have a chance to go then I’d be so thrilled and would get to correct the mistakes. Now is a better time than in the summer to do that.”

Stockport Metro’s Holly Hibbott showed her intent in the Women’s 400m Freestyle, attacking the race from the gun. The freestyler reached halfway in under two minutes, already with a sizeable lead, and in truth was never really challenged. Wrapping up her second gold of the week, Hibbott was a class above, however tired in the closing stages to just miss the consideration time. City of Leeds’ Leah Crisp finished well to take silver, with 17 year old Rachel Anderson from Millfield bagging bronze in a new lifetime best.

The final heat of the Men’s 800m Freestyle got the programme underway on Saturday evening, with the race wide open. Taking the initiative was City of Sheffield’s Samuel Budd, the 20 year old winning his first British title having already taken bronze in the 400m earlier in the week.

“The 800m was my most realistic goal of winning. I had the 400m earlier in the week but I pulled out of the 1500m so I could focus on the 800m. That just there proves I definitely made the right decision! I’m really pleased with it and sub eight is really good for me. I can’t be unhappy with a first senior gold medal at the British Champs and hopefully I’ll get to go to the World Uni Games now.”

The live stream resumes at 10am tomorrow in the Deep End Live studio, with the finals kicking off at 6.30pm. Head to the British Swimming Facebook and YouTube channels to ensure you don’t miss out.

If you’re in Glasgow, a limited number of tickets are still available on the door at the venue.

For full results from today’s action please click here

British Swimming

Apr 20 19

Australian Junior Team Hungary for success

by ZwemZa

Thirty of Australia’s most talented young swimmers will travel to the capital of Hungary in August to compete at the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships.

The team, which comprises of 14 boys and 16 girls from Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, has been finalised following the conclusion of qualifying events at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

Claiming five gold medals each at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Rackley’s Thomas Neill and Cotton Tree’s Lani Pallister have rightly earned their spot on the team. Neill nabbed national age titles across freestyle and individual medley events, while also capturing two silver medals giving him a total tally of seven awards overall.

Scoring the top honour in the girls’ 16-year 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle races, Pallister continued her momentum from a breakout 2018 season which saw her secure three gold medals at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji.

Coached by her mother, Australian Dolphin and Olympian Janelle Pallister, the 16-year-old is one of eight of members from last year’s Junior Pan Pacs team who have made the squad including, Ty Hartwell (Rocky City ), Thomas Hauck (All Saints GC), Se-Bom Lee (Carlile), Jenna Forrester (St Peters Western), Tara Kinder (DVE Aquatic), Georgia Powell (Newmarket Racers) and Michaela Ryan (St Peters Western).

Ryan and Forrester also will be joined by St Peters Western teammates Mollie O’Callaghan and Meg Harris who, under the watchful eye of experienced coach Dean Boxall, benefit from swimming alongside World Short Course record holder Ariarne Titmus, Olympian Mitch Larkin as well as Commonwealth Games medallists Jack Cartwright and Clyde Lewis.

After clocking a time of 55.01 in the Boys’ 16-year 100m Backstroke event to break Andrew Lauterstein’s Australian Age and All Comers record at Age Champs, Joshua Edwards-Smith (UWA West Coast) also has been selected and will make his international swimming debut for Australia this August.

History shows competing at this prestigious international event marks the beginning of a swimmer’s journey, as they face the ultimate test of racing against their counterparts from around the world. Two of Australia’s Rio Olympic champions had successful World Junior Campaigns, with Victoria’s Mack Horton claiming five golds in 2013 and South Australian Kyle Chalmers prevailing to win three golds two years later in 2015.

Swimming Australia’s National Youth Coach Glenn Beringen said he was looking forward to seeing the team perform against their international counterparts.

“Assembling this team over the last week was not an easy process, which speaks volumes about the depth we have coming through our pathway programs and is encouraging for the future of our sport,” Beringen said.

“In saying that, I’d like to congratulate all our junior swimmers who made the squad, they should be very proud of this achievement and excited for the opportunity they’re about to experience.

“These 30 young swimmers will now get the chance to compete on the international stage at the World Junior Swimming Championships in August, with the aim to learn and develop skills to win when it matters most, so we’re looking forward to seeing them inspire the nation.

“I have no doubt they’ll take great pride representing Australia and they’ll do their utmost to be the best they can be as individuals, team members and as representatives of the nation.”

Coaches accompanying Beringen to Hungary include: Shaun Curtis (Norwood), Brian Miller (DVE Aquatic), Steve Miller (Newmarket Racers), Janelle Pallister (Cotton Tree), Michael Shaw (UWA West Coast) and Nick Veliades (MLC Aquatic).

Swimming Australia will host a Youth Camp in Canberra from 7-13 July with a focus on team preparation and familiarisation, before heading to the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest. The competition runs from Tuesday 20 August to Sunday 25 August.

2019 Australian Junior World’s Team:

Se-Bom Lee – Carlile, NSW

Alex Quach – Auburn, NSW

Charli Brown – Manly, NSW

Jessica Madden – SLC Aquadot, NSW

Angus McDonald – Trinity Grammar, NSW

Thomas Neill – Rackley, QLD

Bronte Job – Rackley, QLD

Tahlia Thornton – Brisbane Grammar, QLD

Alexander Grant – Brisbane Grammar, QLD

Ty Hartwell – Rocky City, QLD

Thomas Hauck – All Saints GC, QLD

Rebecca Jacobson – Albany Creek QLD

Mitchell Tinsley – Chandler, QLD

Elizabeth Dekkers – Newmarket Racers, QLD

Georgia Powell – Newmarket Racers, QLD

Jenna Forrester – St Peters Western, QLD

Meg Harris – St Peters Western, QLD

Michaela Ryan – St Peters Western, QLD

Mollie O’Callaghan – St Peters Western, QLD

Lani Pallister – Cotton Tree, QLD

Emily White – Norwood, SA

Tara Kinder – DVE Aquatic, VIC

Oliver Nash – Melbourne Vicentre, VIC

Gabriella Peiniger – MLC Aquatic, VIC

Noah Millard – MLC Aquatic, VIC

Cameron Jordan – Bendigo East, VIC

Kalani Ireland – Perth City, WA

Alyssa Burgess – Arena, WA

Joshua Edwards-Smith – UWA West Coast, WA

Joshua Yong – UWA West Coast, WA

Swimming Australia

Apr 20 19

No ‘Larkin’ Matter

by ZwemZa

Mitch Larkin was among the most successful Australian swimmer at Gold Coast 2018, winning five gold medals (zimbio)

Mitch Larkin’s Australian Age and All Comers record for the Boys’ 16-year 200m Backstroke has been smashed by UWA West Coast’s Joshua Edwards-Smith on night six of the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

Clocking a time of 1:57.82, Edwards-Smith knocked a whopping three seconds off the Olympian’s record of 2:01.00 which was set in 2010. It’s the second Age and All Comers record the West Aussie has broken during the champs, after also destroying Andrew Lauterstein’s 15-year record for the Boys’ 16-year 100m Backstroke on night three.

In what was a fierce and stirring race for the 200m backstroke crown, Thomas Hauck from All Saints GC also amazingly beat Larkin’s record, logging 2:00.00 to take silver. Nunawading’s Will Sharp finished on point to nab bronze in a time of 2:04.01.

Later in the evening the crowd witnessed another record-breaking swim, with Nunawading’s William Petric securing the Boys’ 14-year 200m Breaststroke in a time of 2:19.73. The Victorian took the Australian Age title away from Dolphin Zac Stubblety-Cook, who set 2:20.16 back in 2013. Placing second for the silver medal was TSS Aquatics’ Flynn McGregor (2:22.39), while Northcote’s Issac Ballenger received bronze (2:25.62).

Meanwhile, everything Lani Pallister touches turns to gold. The Cotton Tree athlete has remarkably racked up five national age titles from her five events, after she was triumphant in the Girls’ 16-year 800m Freestyle on her final night. Powering home to touch the wall in 8:28.54, the Junior Pan Pacs champ finished ahead of SLC Aquadot’s Jessica Madden (8:45.00) and Nudgee College’s Jade Starr (8:55.88), who picked up silver and bronze respectively.

It went right down to the wire in the Boys’ 17-year 200m Butterfly, as lane four’s Lucas Humeniuk from Chandler fought it out with lane five’s Oliver Nash from Melbourne Vicentre. In the end it was the Queenslander who claimed the crown in 2:00.90 to the Victorian’s time of 2:01.49. With Se-Bom Lee (Carlile) finishing in third place (2:02.86), the bronze medal marked his sixth medal for the competition.

Lanes four, five and six, fought it out for one, two and three in the Girls’ 14-year 200m Freestyle. Charging to the wall in complete unison with 25 metres to go, it was Lucinda Macleod (Griffith Uni) in lane four who took control to snare the gold in 2:01.39. St Peters Western teammates, Ella Ramsay and Paris Burlock, battled it out for silver and bronze, with Ramsay victorious in the end – 2:01.89 to 2:03.10.

A member of the 2018 Australian Junior Pan Pacs team, Tara Kinder (DVE Aquatic) took out the Girls’ 15-year 200m Individual Medley – marking her third gold medal of the competition. As the athletes steamed home the crowd was on their feet to witness Kinder log a time of 2:14.66. Jenna Forrester from St Peters Western took the silver spoils (2:16.33), while Crystal Edwards from UWA West Coast nabbed bronze in 2:20.91.

A jubilant Angus McDonald couldn’t hide his excitement after successfully taking the national age title of Boys’ 17-year 100m Freestyle. Hitting the water post-race, the Trinity Grammar product sped to the wall in a time of 50.28 to take the gold ahead of Stuart Swinburn (Uni of NSW) who recorded a time of 50.87 and Auburn’s Alex Quach who placed third (50.89).

Smashing five seconds off her qualifying time in the Girls’ 16-year 200m Backstroke was enough for Arena’s Alyssa Burgess to conquer her opposition. After winning a bronze medal in the 100m equivalent, Burgess proudly stood atop of the podium to receive her first gold of the competition. Racing from lane three, she touched in 2:12.77 to beat out Brisbane Grammar’s Tahlia Thornton (2:13.91) and local Norwood swimmer Emilie Muir (2:14.81).

Tasmania’s Matilda Smith swam her heart out in the Girls’ 14-year 200m Breaststroke to snare her first medal of the meet. The Sandy Bay swimmer clocked a winning time of 2:32.00 however she had tough competition from those on either side, with Kalyce Pressler (Silver City) finishing narrowly behind in 2:32.61 and St Peters Western’s Ella Ramsay recording 2:33.44 to pinch bronze.

In other results of the night:

Girls’ 15-year 800m Freestyle

Gold – Emily White (Norwood) in 8:45.73

Silver – Taylor Butler (Helensvale) in 8:55.32

Bronze – Sienna Harben (Mountain Creek Mooloolaba) in 8:59.03

 

Boys’ 14-year 200m Freestyle

Gold – Thomas Connellan (Nudgee College) in 1:55.63

Silver – Evan Chee (Nunawading) in 1:56.30

Bronze – Gabriel Wilczak (Campbelltown) in 1:56.80

 

Boys’ 15-year 200m Individual Medley

Gold – TJ Chong Sue (UWA West Coast) in 2:07.10

Silver – Joshua Collett (Knox Pymble) in 2:07.62

Bronze – Joshua Staples (St Peters Western) in 2:07.70

 

Girls’ 13-year 100m Backstroke

Gold – Semra Olowoniyi (DVE Aquatic) in 1:05.00

Silver – Claveria Johnson-Tiumalu (St Peters Western) in 1:05.40

Bronze – Iona Anderson (Breakers) in 1:05.58

 

Girls’ 15-year 100m Butterfly

Gold – Maggie Skewes (Wangaratta) in 1:00.77

Silver – Bethany Dalgleish (MLC Aquatic) in 1:00.81

Bronze – Aimee Grella (Bayside) in 1:00.83

 

Boys’ 15-year 100m Butterfly

Gold – James Bayliss (Albany Creek) in 55.18

Silver – Joseph Hamson (Knox Pymble) in 55.20

Bronze – Damian Badenhorst (Rockingham) in 55.62

 

Girls’ 13-year 400m Individual Medley

Gold – Collette Lyons (Kinross Wolaroi) in 4:54.39

Silver – Sophie Martin (Brisbane Grammar) in 5:04.30

Bronze – Julia Kater (St Hilda’s QLD) in 5:07.44

 

Boys’ 16-year 1500m Freestyle

Gold – Thomas Neill (Rackley) in 15:15.95

Silver – Thomas Raymond (Nudgee College) in 15:36.67

Bronze – Seungbeen Cho (St Peters Western) in 15.52.38

 

Boys’ 17-year 1500m Freestyle

Gold – Silas Harris (Northcote) in 15:37.86

Silver – Matthew Galea (Blacktown City) in 15:50.35

Bronze – Kyle Lee (Bunbury) in 15:54.11

The 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships continues tomorrow at 10am at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre when multi-class swimmers take to the starting blocks for the morning session, while the afternoon session starts at 4pm.

Australian Swimming

 

Apr 20 19

Russia take four golds on opening day of FINA Artistic Swimming World Series in Kazan

by ZwemZa

Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenkong

Hosts Russia won all four gold medals on offer on the first day of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Artistic Swimming World Series in Kazan.

Olympic champion Svetlana Kolesnichenko earned Russia’s first gold at Aquatics Palace of Kazan.

She triumphed in the solo technical with a season’s best of 92.8144 points.

“Here, I swam with joy, I didn’t have to hold back,” Kolesnichenko said.

“The audience was great, I really appreciate them.

Austria’s Vasiliki Alexandri was second with 85.1902, while Alisa Ozhogina of Spain finished third on 83.7338.

Kolesnichenko was straight back into the pool after her first gold, competing in the duet technical with Svetlana Romashina.

The duo recorded the winning score of 96.1768, with their nearest opponents the Italian pair of Linda Cerruti and Constanza Ferro with 89.8612.

“I think it is great to have happened in Kazan, Russia, as my mother had a chance to be present and watch it with her own eyes,” Romashina said.

In third were Austrian sisters Anna-Maria and Eirini Alexandri on 87.7417.

Russia’s third gold came from Maya Gurbanberdyeva and two-time world champion Aleksandr Maltsev in the mixed duet technical.

They dominated with 89.8181, finishing well ahead of China’s Shi Haoyu and Zhang Yayi with 82.9349.

Even further behind were the third-placed Fernando Diaz del Rio and Beatriz Castano of Spain, who scored 74.3859.

Russia finished a successful day with gold in the team technical, blowing away their opponents with a season’s best of 95.3411.

Belarus took second with 83.4736, Hungary ending third on 78.4414.

The competition is set to continue tomorrow.

Nancy Gillen | Inside the Games

Apr 20 19

Italy swim star Vergani suspended after positive cannabis test

by ZwemZa

Andrea Vergani (Swim4Life)

Italian swimmer Andrea Vergani has been suspended with immediate effect after testing positive for cannabis, Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal (TNA) announced on Friday.

The 21-year-old tested positive for THC Metabolites, the active ingredient found in cannabis, during the Italian Championships at Riccione on April 2, which were trials for the world championships in Gwangju, South Korea in July.

If the B-sample confirms the positive test Vergani risks a ban of between four and six months which would rule him out of the worlds.

Vergani won bronze with the Italian team in the 50m freestyle relay at the world short course swimming championships in Hangzhou, China last year.

He also won bronze in the 50m freestyle at the European long-course swimming championships in Glasgow last year and holds the world’s fastest time of 2019 over the distance of 21.53 seconds.

AFP

Apr 20 19

Class of 2019 Honda Sport Award for Swimming & Diving finalists announced

by ZwemZa

Lilly King (USA Swimming)

Mallory Comerford from the University of Louisville, Indiana University’s Lilly King, Beata Nelson of the University of Wisconsin and Abbey Weitzeil from the University of California Berkeley are the four finalists for the Class of 2019 Honda Sport Award for Swimming & Diving as announced today by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA).

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 43 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2019 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 24, 2019, in downtown Los, Angeles.

The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the Collegiate Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of American (CSCAA). The Honda Sport award winner for swimming and diving will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.

Comerford, a senior from Kalamazoo, Mich., is the three-time ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year and a 10-time individual and 16-time relay All-American. She led her Cardinals to a best-ever fourth-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championship. She was the first woman to win both the 100 and 200 freestyle at the NCAA Championship since 2006 and is a four-time NCAA individual champion overall.

King was twice named the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year and is an eight-time NCAA Champion winning the 100 and 200 breaststroke crowns in all four years becoming the first woman in NCAA history to win eight NCAA breaststroke titles. The senior hailing from Evansville, Ind., is a 16-time All-America honoree and a 16-time Big Ten Champion. She has been named to the first-team All-Big 10 in all four seasons and is a four-time Honda Award nominee.

Nelson, a junior from Madison, Wis., is the 2019 CSCAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year and the 2019 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year. She captured three individual titles at the NCAA Championship in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 IM. She is a two-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Championship and is a seven-time All-American. She is the only woman to break 50 seconds in the 100 backstroke six times and holds the collegiate, U.S. open and American record in the event.

Weitzeil, hailing from Saugus, Calif., helped her team to a runner-up finish at the 2019 NCAA Champions. The junior was the 2019 Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year and named Cal’s Most Outstanding Swimmer. She was the NCAA Champion in the 50 free breaking her own American record and helped Cal to three NCAA relay Championships. The senior won seven All-American honors this season alone and is an 18-time All-American for her career.

Honda Sport Award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sport Award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2019 Honda Cup award presented in June.

The CWSA, celebrating its 43rd year, has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for their superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs.

collegiatewomensportsawards.com

Apr 20 19

Wilby edges Murdoch in the race of the British Championships

by ZwemZa

James Wilby won 100m breaststroke silver behind Adam Peaty (Getty Images)

James Wilby struck gold on the fourth night of the 2019 British Swimming Championships as he dug deep to produce a lifetime best performance and edge out a resurgent Ross Murdoch, in the race of the week so far.

Lining up in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke final, the pair were separated by Craig Benson, and that trio went tooth and nail the whole way. Murdoch got the better start, but Wilby was up by the first turn and by the halfway mark Benson had moved up onto Wilby’s shoulder. Locked in battle, the University of Stirling duo were chasing Wilby hard, but the Loughborough man kept his composure to strike gold by a whisker from Murdoch, with Benson having to settle for bronze.

In 2018 Wilby took Commonwealth Games gold and European Championship silver, but his time tonight, 2.07.49, was quicker than he’s ever gone before. With Murdoch also going sub 2.08, the first time he’s done that for two years, that race was the first time two Brits have ever broken that barrier in the same race. Both men also went inside the British qualifying time for the World Championships in Gwangju and coupled with victory, Wilby has automatically secured his place on the plane.

After clinching gold Wilby said:

“I’m really happy with that. It hurt on that back 50 – Ross and Benson were right there but I just focused on the wall and went for it. I’m really happy with that time.

“That’s the first time we’ve had two people go under 2.08 – we’ve got a phenomenal bit of breaststroke depth going on in Britain at the moment so it’s really exciting. We’re a year and a bit out now [from Tokyo] so it’s really exciting.”

Murdoch added:

“The race was pretty good! I probably went out a little hard in the first 50 as I was one stroke more than I wanted to be, but that doesn’t really matter as long as I execute the rest of the race correctly. I suffered in the last ten today and there are definitely things I can work on going into the summer, but I’m absolutely buzzing with that race. I’ve been looking forward to it all week! Just to see 07 on the board I’m absolutely delighted and it shows the amount of work I’m putting in. It’s looking really positive.”

Freya Anderson has won two gold and two bronze medals at the European Championships Credit: paul cooper

It was also a special night for Freya Anderson, the 100m Freestyle specialist making it a hat-trick of 100m Freestyle titles, having been crowned British champion in the event in both 2017 and 2018. Despite starting as favourite, the Ellesmere College Titans swimmer couldn’t have left it much later, only overhauling Anna Hopkin in the final five metres.

Hopkin, the Women’s 50m Freestyle champion, was always going to be quickest at halfway, but touching in 25.54 she left the rest of field with some serious work to do. With 25 metres to go few would have bet against her, but Anderson finished like a train to take it on the touch. Anderson also went inside the consideration time for the World Championships, so will hope to secure a place on the GB team when it is announced on Wednesday.

“I came to Glasgow wanting to defend my title, I’ve had it for two years now so I guess there was an expectation for me to do that, but at the same time I don’t want to put that pressure on myself. With ten meters to go I couldn’t feel my arms but I knew I needed to just keep going and finish the race.

“I can’t wait to get back to my coach and find out what I can work on. I’m always looking for little things to improve on, I like to hear those things and see if I can take them into the second swim.”

James Guy secured his second British title of the week in the Men’s 100m Butterfly, swimming a typically aggressive race to take the spoils. Having looked good in qualifying, the Jol Finck coached swimmer was over half a second clear of his nearest rival.

Despite winning gold, Guy had hoped to hit the World Championships consideration time, afterwards summarising:

“If I’m being honest with myself that wasn’t great – I was hoping to go much faster than that tonight. I feel like I’m in a great place, I’ve been training really, really well, my weight is down and my lean body mass is up. The freestyle feels good though and it’s been feeling pretty good all week warm-up wise, so hopefully it will be a bit better on Sunday [in the 200m Freestyle].

Duncan Scott continues to go from strength to strength, as after a British 100m Freestyle record last night he reduced his personal best by over six tenths in the 100m Butterfly, finishing really strongly for silver, whilst Jacob Peters doubled his bronze medal tally having already achieved that feat in the 200m Butterfly.

In the Women’s 200m Backstroke pre-race favourite Jessica Fullalove delivered when it mattered, the National Centre Bath swimmer producing a commanding backstroke performance to take the title by almost a second. Fullalove set her stall out over the first length of the pool, pushing on all the way as she chased the swim of her life, which she truly delivered going inside 2.10 for the first time.

An emotional Fullalove said afterwards:

“I’m just so over the moon. I’ve had two years of injury and upset, so I’m just so glad that it’s finally happened for me. You really don’t understand how much it means to me. I’m actually quite emotional; the period of time where I’ve had to deal with my injuries has been so hard for me, so I’m just so proud of myself.”

City of Manchester Aquatics’ Chloe Golding took silver, with Kat Greenslade starting a busy night with bronze.

The live stream resumes at 10am tomorrow in the Deep End Live studio, with the finals kicking off at 6.30pm. Head to the British Swimming Facebook and YouTube channels to ensure you don’t miss out.

If you’re up in Glasgow, a limited number of tickets are still available on the door at the venue.

For full results from today’s action please click here

British Swimming

Apr 19 19

British Swimming Championships: Adam Peaty & Sarah Vasey criticise timing error

by ZwemZa

British swimmer Sarah Vasey, who won gold in the 50m breaststroke, said the timing error was “ridiculous”

Olympic champion Adam Peaty and British champion Sarah Vasey have criticised organisers for “ridiculous” timing errors at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

British Swimming said timings in three 50m sessions were incorrect by 0.10 seconds, including Peaty’s heats and Vasey’s final on Tuesday.

The issue was fixed by Wednesday.

A similar incident at the same pool occurred at the 2018 European Championships.

Double British champion Peaty almost lost his 100m world record before seeing it readjusted as a result of the mistake at that meet in August 2018.

The 24-year-old, who won gold in the 100m breaststroke at Rio 2016, said: “Happens once then it’s a simple mistake, but when it happens twice it just becomes infuriating for the athletes.”

Vasey, who won gold in the women’s 50m breaststroke in Glasgow, tweeted: “Sorry, but this is ridiculous. Imagine becoming British Champion then finding out two days later you actually went 0.1 slower… oh wait I don’t have to imagine.”

British Swimming says it ran “extensive tests and reanalysed” race results and confirmed the issue affected times recorded in the 50m races during two sessions on Tuesday and one on Wednesday morning.

A statement said: “Whilst we are extremely disappointed to find ourselves in this position, we are pleased that this issue was able to be resolved before the evening session on day two of the championships, and we are confident that there will be no further issues during the championships. ”

Scotland’s Duncan Scott broke his own British record as he won 100m freestyle gold on Thursday, as competition at Tollcross continued.

BBC Sport

Apr 19 19

The world stage awaits – Championships and Otter Pops

by ZwemZa

SERENITY comes with a price.

There can be no quiet without noise, no comfort without pain, and no contentment without struggle. Ella Eastin knows this too well as she slips under the surface of the Avery Aquatic Center pool after practice.

Her body coasts and her heartbeat slows. There is no sound, no pressure, and no expectations in this sanctuary. She tilts her head toward the surface, admiring the reflection of the sunlight as the ripples recede into a flat plane above her.

“Sometimes, I feel like I’m working and fighting against the water so hard, and the water’s not working with me,” she said. “But, a lot of the time, I feel like the water is working with me, and I’ve always felt so comfortable in it.”

These are her favorite moments.

The simplicity that exists below the surface does not exist above it. If it did, Eastin already would own a string of global swimming accomplishments to rival those of her recently-concluded Stanford career.

She won eight NCAA individual titles and four relays and earned 20 All-America honors. She became the first woman in NCAA Division I history to capture the 400-yard individual medley championship four times and holds three American records — in the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard IM, and 400-yard IM.

At the NCAA Championships last month in Austin, Texas, Eastin took on a larger role — adding the 400 medley relay to an already full schedule that grew to six events and 10 total races. The workload may have cost her. Eastin was second in the 200 fly and 200 IM – events she won the year before.

Eastin still willed herself to the 400 IM crown, and contributed key legs on three relays that enabled Stanford to win its third consecutive NCAA title in the closest margin – 37 ½ points — of that stretch.

On the pool deck after the meet’s final event – a strong third in the 400 free relay – associate head coach Tracy Slusser approached Eastin, looked her in the eye and thanked her for all she had done. They embraced, and, with similar words from Greg Meehan, Paul A. Violich Director of Women’s Swimming, Eastin closed her Stanford career.

“I don’t know how to describe the feeling,” Eastin said. “I knew in that moment that it was like they saw more in me than just the fact that I was scoring points for our team. I try to go out of my way to thank Greg and Tracy for everything they’ve done. I never really thought I would be on the reciprocating end of gratitude from people that have done everything for me.”

Eastin embraces the next phase of her swimming career with Tokyo in sight. To plainly declare a goal like the “Olympics” used to scare her. Now, it drives her. The next hope is that the world will discover her.

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AS INTENSE AS elite swimming can be — to sharpen skill, technique, training and racing to such an edge – clarity and purpose come from a place the elite swimmer never can be again.

For Eastin, that place is the Forest Glen Pool in Irvine, California. She’s the girl eating Ritz crackers with cheese sprayed on it, and drinking a soda through a straw of Red Vine licorice.

Elizabeth and Jeff Eastin wanted their daughters Ella and Emily, born 11 months apart, to be water safe. Living in Orange County, with its pools and oceans, meant the girls would be around water constantly.

Holding her daughter close, Elizabeth stepped into the pool and Ella, not yet a month old, felt the cool water creep up her body. It didn’t seem long before Ella was jumping in herself, climbing on her dad’s shoulders and doing handstands before dropping in with a splash.

At two, Ella took her first and only formal swim lesson. Kids put on clothes and jumped in the water to learn how to handle themselves as if drowning. The class was led by an instructor with no patience for crying kids.

“My sister did not like her. She would cry with this lady,” Ella said. “But I was so up to the challenge. I’m going to be that one kid that won’t cry. You can do whatever you want to me, it won’t bother me at all.”

And it didn’t.

“Ella was pretty fearless,” Elizabeth said. “She always responded to challenges. She didn’t understand why anybody would be crying.”

The Forest Glen Pool quickly became central to Eastin family life. It was located near the home of Elizabeth’s parents and became a destination for aunts, uncles, and cousins. Swimming, playing, eating … an endless summer indeed.

“I just have really fond memories of being in the sun and being in the water and being around people that I loved,” Ella said.

The pool had a swim team, the Northpark Riptide. But because the Eastins at first weren’t residents of the neighborhood, Ella’s grandfather made a deal with the club to volunteer in exchange for Ella and Emily being able to join. Soon, the Eastins moved into the neighborhood themselves.

The Riptide was coached by Todd Larsen, a music instructor described by Ella as, “the most fun-loving, caring, energetic person I ever met. He immediately saw something in me. I was hooked.”

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Ella Eastin, Todd Larsen

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On the first day, 6-year-old Ella could barely swim across the pool. After a couple of weeks with Larsen, she had seemingly mastered all four strokes.

In her first meet, Ella swam the 100 IM. She dove in, finished quickly, and got out of the pool before officials even knew what happened. They announced the runner-up as the winner.

“I learned two things,” Ella said. “No. 1: I learned you’re supposed to wait for everyone to finish before getting out of the pool. And, No. 2: Maybe I can be pretty good at this.”

At the city league championships, there was a buzz. “I heard this 7-year-old is going 14 seconds in the 25,” a stranger told Jeff. “I’ve got to see this girl.”

Even after it was clear that Ella and Emily needed to swim on a year-round club team, they continued to spend their summers with Larsen.

“He made it fun,” Ella said. “I never looked at practice or competition as work until I was old enough to recognize the sacrifices I was making.”

In an essay on her Stanford application, Eastin described the impact of Larsen:

“Todd held a respect never matched by anyone I know … His mission was to encourage everyone to do the best they could in any area of their life. No matter what path we take in life, he enforced the importance in finding the beauty and fun in every situation.”

As Jeff Eastin observed, “He was a great coach. Every kid loved Todd. If you ever thought, That guy is a cool guy … he was. He was a good dude.”

“He taught the kids to have a passion for whatever you do,” Elizabeth said. “It doesn’t have to be swimming. It could be music, school, whatever. But you have to have fun while you’re doing it. That was the lesson Ella learned and continues to draw from today.”

After a function at the pool with Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak one night, Elizabeth had a chance to tell Larsen how much he was appreciated and what a positive influence he was. A few days later, Larsen was diagnosed with leukemia.

As Larsen underwent a variety of treatments, Elizabeth barely slept for a week as she organized a fundraiser matching Larsen’s passions of swimming and rock ‘n roll in an event called the Rock ‘n Splash Relay Bash. Ella and Emily joined Lezak and other local Olympians like Janet Evans and Kaitlin Sandeno to raise money to help defray medical costs for Larsen’s family.

Parents helped find the Larsens a house near the City of Hope cancer treatment center so he could get a bone marrow transplant, and made meals for them every day. But with his immune system in tatters, Larsen died of pneumonia and bacterial infections at age 44.

“I don’t think I could ever express to that community what they did for our family,” said Todd’s wife, Kelly Larsen. “We wanted for nothing. How do you tell people? I don’t know. I hope they know.”

The Eastin girls took it hard.

“That was the first huge loss in my life,” said Ella, who was 13. “He gave me the opportunity to be my best self.”

That was the first of many crossroads for Ella, the one that forced her to consider why she was swimming in the first place. Ultimately, it gave her more of a purpose and strengthened her commitment.

Today, Eastin prays for Larsen before each race, and points to the sky in his honor afterward.

Todd was proud of Ella. “It was a relationship of admiration and support,” Kelly said. “He respected her, pushed her, and had high expectations for her. And she had a place where she could always be accepted.”

“Losing somebody like your spouse, you grieve and a community grieves. The impact comes only when the person is missed. Todd’s legacy lives through Ella. When Ella talks about the impact he made, I get to remember him.”

After Todd died, the community presented Kelly and their 2-year-old son Garrett with books of memories and stories from the children who knew Todd.

“I have Ella’s letter in there,” she said. “When Garrett is ready, and he can understand, I will read it to him. And he can know his father.”

Todd once told Ella, “Life’s not easy, and you’re going to have to deal with whatever comes at you. But do it with a smile.”

That advice would be tested … often.

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EASTIN CALLS THE 400 individual medley, particularly the long course 400-meter version, “long, intense, and painful.”

It’s a combination of four different styles into one race. In order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.

“You have to be good at everything, or at least good enough, to stay in the race,” Eastin said. “I would say that I’m on the high end of mediocre on all of my strokes. When you put them together, it seems to work pretty well.”

“A love-hate relationship.” That’s the understanding between Eastin and the 400 IM. “I would love to hear from someone who only has love for that race. I would argue it’s one of the hardest races in swimming, if not the hardest. Long enough to be painful, short enough to be a sprint.”

There’s a different pain associated with each stroke and each stage of the race, she said. The pain begins to kick in during the butterfly and her legs begin to tire during the backstroke. It becomes hard to breathe on the breaststroke.

“I always get a bad burning sensation in my legs at that point and my arms are tired from the butterfly and backstroke,” she said. “Your body wants to slow down, but you have to force yourself not to. I feel like my insides want to come out of me because I can’t breathe so badly.”

You think you’re almost done at the turn to the freestyle, but the pain just gets worse.

“My head’s pounding,” she said. “You can hear your heart beat in your head a lot of the time.

“I forget almost how I’m feeling at the end of the race because my mind just blacks out. Muscle memory takes over. But, at the same time, you’re very aware of where everyone is. When it’s over, you have used every single muscle in your body.”

Asked to describe the event, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Maya DiRado, said:

“If you swim the 400 IM right, you should want to throw up about halfway through the race. And to be able to race it properly, you need to be getting to that point multiple times a week in training, if not more.

“You know you’re swimming the 400 IM properly when you start to lose feeling in your face in the last 100. When my lips were numb and tingly, that’s when I knew it was going to be a good one.”

DiRado had graduated from Stanford, gotten married, taken a full-time job, and never reached an Olympic Games when Meehan convinced her to give swimming one more shot. When DiRado got back in the pool in preparation for Rio in 2016, she found Eastin, a freshman.

“I got back from my honeymoon and was a little bit out of shape when I jumped into an IM workout and got my butt kicked by her,” DiRado said. “That was my first impression – she was going to be scary good.”

Eastin and DiRado pushed each other relentlessly and both benefited. DiRado won the 400-meter IM gold. And Eastin, at age 18, became the youngest ever to break four minutes in the 400-yard IM and went on to win her first NCAA title in that event and set history in motion.

The logical next step was to consider Rio.

“I had never said out loud that it was my career goal to qualify one day for the Olympic Games,” Eastin said. “My coaches forced me to say it out loud. I immediately burst into tears. That was the first time I ever had a goal that scared me more than excited me.

“People in my life had always known that it was my goal to go to the Olympics, but in conversation, it was like, ‘Oh, you want to make the Olympics, right?’ And I’d say, ‘Yeah, we’ll see.’ I was never the one to bring it up.

“I was never proud of that. It was also terrifying knowing that I had this goal I now shared out loud, that I may not achieve.”

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Ella Eastin

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WHEN SHE LINED up at the 2016 Olympic trials in Omaha, Eastin was intimidated.

“I looked up to these people my whole life – Maya, Elizabeth Beisel, Caitlin Leverenz. These were my swimming idols. At that point, I was like, I can’t beat these people, but I’m going to be devastated if I don’t. How do you resolve that conflict inside yourself?”

Eastin didn’t. She missed the final of the 400 IM and faded badly down the stretch in the 200 IM final.

In contrast to her brilliance at Stanford, Eastin continued to endure heartbreak at each attempt to reach a global long course championship. One in particular seemed utterly cruel.

At the 2017 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Eastin touched the wall in second place in the 400 IM, apparently earning her first World Championships berth. Eastin and Beisel, who placed third, hugged across the lanes and Beisel was generous in her praise.

“Girl, you are the future,” Beisel recalled saying to Eastin, in an interview with Swimming World. “I’m handing you over that 400 IM baton. Take it”

An announcement was made in the background that Eastin didn’t hear.

“Ella, look at the board,” Beisel said.

There was no time by Eastin’s name. She was disqualified.

“I had no idea why,” she said. “I was confused. No one came to tell me even after I got out of the water.”

As fans in the IUPUI Natatorium began booing, Meehan made his way to the officials to find out what happened. Eastin was among four that day victimized by the “Lochte Rule,” named after Ryan Lochte, who found he could get more speed on the freestyle leg of the IM by dolphin kicking off the wall underwater on his back.

That move was deemed illegal, but the subjective interpretation was devastating to Eastin, who sat by the warmdown pool in tears.

“Swimmers invest way too much time in this sport,” she said. “When there’s disappointment, you feel it really deep.”

In the stands, Elizabeth watched in shock as her daughter’s ordeal unfolded in front of her.

“I lost it,” Elizabeth said. “I remember running outside of the facility, trying to get it out so that I could regain my composure and face her. As a parent, you want to fix things, but there are some things you just can’t fix.”

Eastin took solace in knowing that she swam fast. The time didn’t count, but the DQ couldn’t take away from what the race said about her ability. She was there. She was good enough. The days of being too scared to perform on a big stage were replaced by steely-eyed confidence.

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SHE’S NOT A perfectionist, she says, but strives for perfection. Though she seeks the perfect training session and perfect race, Eastin understands those things are impossible. Indeed, perfection never truly can be achieved, but it sure felt like it had at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

Called “the greatest performance in an NCAA Championships in the history of our sport,” by Meehan, Eastin took five titles – three individual events and two relays – and set American records in both the 200 IM and 400 IM. She was named Swimmer of the Meet.

“Ridiculous,” was Meehan’s reaction of the way Eastin crushed those marks. Her 400 IM of 3:54.60 “may withstand a fairly long test of time,” he said.

Eastin and teammate Katie Ledecky, the four-time Rio gold medalist, traded the 400-yard IM record for two years. Two weeks before NCAA’s, Ledecky lowered it by more than a second. This time, Eastin knocked it down by two seconds more, with Ledecky three seconds in her wake.

“I remember being in awe in the middle of that race,” Ledecky said. “Just seeing how far ahead she was on the breaststroke. She just kept extending her lead.”

Eastin finally seemed poised to reach a global championship, but again misfortune struck. A few weeks before the U.S. Championships and a chance at worlds, Eastin came down with mono, missed significant training, and scratched two events, returning only for the 200 IM. That she placed third and qualified for her first major international meet, the Pan Pacs in Tokyo, was a significant achievement. But the turn of events also represented another failure that was out of her control.

Back at Forest Glen Pool, if a swimmer slipped on the pool deck or got stung by a bee, Coach Todd would say, ‘Nothing an Otter Pop can’t fix.’ And the pain would go away.

What she wouldn’t give for such wisdom, for Coach Todd, and for an Otter Pop on these days of disappointment. Sometimes, she just feels like giving up.

“Once a year,” she said, “something has come up that has challenged my willingness to continue. I’m doing everything I possibly can and putting myself out there, but then these things that are out of my control take it away from me.

“Why should I continue? I felt like I was sacrificing more than I was getting. People would be lying if they said they swam their whole career without considering quitting.

“I have considered quitting, but quitting’s not in my personality. I’ve worked way too hard and put in way too much time to stop, especially because now I’m starting to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Experiences have given her pause, but not deterred her. If nothing else, she’s learned that her control ends with the work she puts in. If nothing else, she’s going to make it very hard for someone to beat her. If that happens at the Olympic Trials or the Olympic Games, so be it.

“None of us are on the 2020 Olympic team,” said Ledecky, who continues to be a training partner. “It’s anyone’s game, and Ella’s right there with everyone else. She can really set herself up for a great 2020 if she continues on the path she’s on and continues to have fun. She’s a great racer, a great competitor, and she’s become a great trainer.”

DiRado sees it this way: “She hasn’t gotten close to hitting her potential, which is quite scary. It’s really been the confluence of the world that has kept her from unleashing the times that she’s capable of. She has so much untapped potential.”

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Ella Eastin, Katie Ledecky

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EASTIN JUST WANTS the opportunity.

“I’m just waiting for the world to have mercy on me a little bit,” she said. “To be able to prove myself in a moment where it matters.”

Eastin knows her value will not be determined by whether she reaches Tokyo or wins a gold medal, or even by swimming itself. She refuses to consider herself only a swimmer. It will always be part of what she does and who she is, but will never be everything. She won’t let it.

For role models, Eastin has DiRado, who is “one of the most caring, loving, genuine people I’ve ever met,” she said. “She never made me or anyone else feel less than her.” Swimming never consumed her.

She has Ledecky, her junior-year roommate, who wins gold medals and sets world records, but still is willing to have a go against Eastin in “Just Dance,” even after the hyper-competitive Eastin picks the song and perfects the moves beforehand.

She has her coaches, like Meehan, who will continue to guide her through the waters, and the memory of Larsen, who created Eastin’s entire foundation for the sport.

And she has her family, like her grandmother Ellen Lewis, who founded UC Irvine’s Program of Nursing Science and inspired a future career. Eastin is a human biology major who wants to be a nurse practitioner.

“As a child, I would go to work with her, watch student clinicals, sit in classes and play with the equipment used for health simulations,” Eastin said. “Ever since then, I’ve dreamed of becoming a nurse. I saw the great impact that my grandma has made and continues to make in her work.”

When Eastin allows herself to drop under the surface after practice, the water cradles her. It feels like home. She is again the girl drinking soda through a Red Vine as much as a dominant NCAA champion with Olympic aspirations.

But even in the calm, there is a storm waiting to be unleashed.

“I’ve spent my whole career waiting to see my own potential,” she said.

In a swimming career marked by both great success and colossal disappointment, there remains something out there, something that will make all the “croggling” – crying in your goggles – worth it.

Her coaches remind her of this constantly, and Eastin believes it:

When you have victory, it’s going to be sweet.

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David Kiefer | Go Standford

Apr 19 19

Pallister’s perfect Per-four-mance

by ZwemZa

Young Queensland swimmer and Junior Pac Pacs champion, Cotton Tree’s Lani Pallister, has secured another two national age titles at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Championships in Adelaide, taking her medal tally to four gold from four starts. (SwimAus)

Young Queensland swimmer and Junior Pac Pacs champion, Cotton Tree’s Lani Pallister, has secured another two national age titles at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Championships in Adelaide, taking her medal tally to four gold from four starts.

In her first event of the night – the Girls’ 16-year 200m Freestyle – the back-to-back Lorne Pier to Pub swimmer recorded sub two minutes (1:59.06) to score the top honour ahead of silver medallist, Gabriella Peiniger from MLC Aquatic (2:00.08), and bronze medallist, Manly’s Charli Brown (2:00.44).

Less than two hours later, Pallister jumped back in the pool for one of the most gruelling events – the Girls’ 16-year 1500m Freestyle. In a dominant display Pallister captured her fourth title in 16:16.91, which was more than one minute ahead of second-placed Tara Gallop (Hoppers Crossing) who came in at 17:19.59. Ashley Finegan (Uni of NSW) rounded out the top three after pinching bronze in 17:21.71.

In yet another influential display, Perth City’s Kalani Ireland notched up his third national age title at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre after flying home in the Boys’ 17-year Butterfly event. As the wall continued to draw closer, lanes three, four and five were in complete synchronicity and going stroke for stroke until Ireland showed his class with 15 metres to go. Prevailing in a time of 54.16, Kalani beat out Melbourne Vicentre’s Oliver Nash (54.39) and Auburn’s Alex Quach (54.68).

Rackley’s Thomas Neill also continues to dominate the competition, taking home his fourth medal on the fourth night of the Australian Age Championships. Proving he’s a force to be reckoned with in the water, Neill scored the top honour in the Boys’ 16-year 200m Freestyle with a time of 1:49.18, edging out MLC Aquatic’s Noah Millard (1:50.69) who nabbed silver, and

All Saints GC’s Thomas Hauck (1:51.09) who attained bronze.

Backing up her gold-medal-winning performance in the Girls’ 15-year 200m Backstroke on Wednesday night, young Mollie O’Callaghan took out the Girls’ 15-year 100m Backstroke on Thursday night. Clocking a time of 1:01.05, the St Peters Western product finished ahead of Emily Jones from Novocastrian (1:02.77) and Layla Day from Bendigo East (1:02.92).

UWA West Coast’s TJ Chong Sue was all smiles after recording his first gold medal of the meet – powering to the wall in a time of 57.00 in the Boys’ 15-year 100m Backstroke. Swimming from lane four, his neighbours in lanes three and five – James Bayliss (Albany Creek) and Brayden Miles (Flyers, VIC) – fought it out for silver and bronze. In the end it was Queenslander Bayliss who took the silver spoils, 57.28 to 57.86.

Already holding a gold, silver and bronze medal across three different disciplines – breaststroke, freestyle and the individual medley – Collette Lyons (Kinross Wolaroi) spread her wing in the Girls’ 13-year 200m Butterfly to nab another national title. Achieving a time of 2:18.94, the versatile swimmer beat Knox Pymble’s Hayley Johnston (2:21.00) and Revesby Workers’ Abbey Connor (2:21.52).

Going head-to-head in lanes three and four for the top honour in the Boys’ 16-year 200m Breaststroke, Connor Brackin (St Peters Western) and Lachlan Gilbert (Nudgee College) pulled away from the pack with 25 metres to go. With the crowd on their feet and in full voice, it was Brackin who gained space on his opponent to be named the victor in 2:18.68. Gilbert followed a fraction behind to receive silver (2:19.31), while local swimmer, Marion’s Thomas Lightfoot touched for bronze in 2:22.90.

After taking home the national age title in the Girls’ 13-years 200m Backstroke last night, Claveria Johnson-Tiumalu (St Peters Western) claimed her second gold after successfully holding off Brisbane Grammar’s Sophie Martin in the Girls’ 13-year 100m Freestyle. Recording a time of 57.11, Martin made contact with the wall moments later (57.65) to secure silver, while placing third was Newmarket Racers’ Josephine Crimmins (57.69) – the niece of Dolphin and former world record holder, Tracey Wickham.

In other results of the night:

Girls’ 13-year 1500m Freestyle

Gold – Sienna Shepherd (Bayside) in 17:43.39

Silver – Paige Siren (Helensvale) in 17:58.24

Bronze – Alexis Barnett (St Peters Western) in 18:06.24

 

Girls’ 14-year 1500m Freestyle

Gold – Tiana Kritzinger (Nudgee College) in 16:53.87

Silver – Kimberly Doyle (Warringah Aquatic) in 17:14.63

Bronze – Bailey Day (Southside Aquatic) in 17:18.71

 

Girls’ 14-year 50m Freestyle

Gold – Sydney Brown (Wests Illawarra) in 25.92

Silver – Ella Ramsay (St Peters Western) in 25.94

Bronze – Mia Collins (St Peters Western) in 26.06

 

Boys’ 14-year 50m Freestyle

Gold – Flynn McGregor (TSS Aquatics) in 24.23

Silver – Stone Ma (North-West Aquatic) in 24.28

Bronze – Jack Goyen (MCA QLD) in 24.38

 

Boys’ 17-year 200m Individual Medley

Gold – Se-Bom Lee (Carlile) in 2:02.01

Silver – Silas Harris (Northcote) in 2:04.01

Bronze – Connor Roberts (Tamworth City) in 2:05.36

 

Girls’ 16-year 200m Breaststroke 

Gold – Georgia Powell (Newmarket Racers) in 2:30.15

Silver – Reidel Smith (Nunawading) in 2:33.57

Bronze – Shikira-Lee Matheson (St Peters Western) in 2:33.63

 

Girls’ 15-year 400m Individual Medley

Gold – Jenna Forrester (St Peters Western) in 4:47.53

Silver – Tara Kinder (DVE Aquatic) in 4:51.18

Bronze – Taylor Butler (Helensvale) in 5:00.03

 

Boys’ 15-year 400m Individual Medley

Gold – Joshua Staples (St Peters Western) in 4:30.42

Silver – Cooper Phillips (Carlile) in 4:34.26

Bronze – Ruan Van der Riet (UWA West Coast) in 4:35.24

 

Girls’ 14-year 100m Breaststroke

Gold – Kalyce Pressler (Silver City) in 1:11.43

Silver – Ella Ramsay (St Peters Western) in 1:11.53

Bronze – Misha Wierzbowski (Nunawading) in 1:12.10

 

Boys’ 14-year 100m Breaststroke

Gold – William Petric (Nunawading) in 1:05.55

Silver – Haig Buckingham (Glenbrook) in 1:06.43

Bronze – Flynn McGregor (TSS Aquatics) in 1:06.60

 

Girls’ 15-year 1500m Freestyle

Gold – Emily White (Norwood) in 16:50.30

Silver – Kirralee Shepherd (MLC Aquatic) in 17:04.42

Bronze – Sienna Harben (Mountain Creek Mooloolaba) in 17:08.47

For all relay results, click here.

Day five action from the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships kicks off tomorrow at 9am at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre when swimmers take to the starting blocks for heats – finals take place at 6pm.

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