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Nov 30 15

Fullerton in fine form for Rio Olympics shot

by ZwemZa
Ellen Fullerton won the women’s 200m IM final at the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships on Saturday.(AAP)

Ellen Fullerton won the women’s 200m IM final at the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships on Saturday.(AAP)

While she’s not reading too much into the results, Ellen Fullerton says her 200m and 400m individual medley wins in Sydney over the weekend have her confidence levels soaring.

The Coast product, who still visits her parents at their Beerwah farm, even levelled her Australian record in her 400m IM success, a mark she set way back in 2009, in the era of the controversial ‘supersuits’.

“To do it six years later, in no supersuit, technically it’s a better swim,” Fullerton said.

Happy with the result, there was also a tinge of disappointment that she couldn’t have shaved even one hundredth of a second off her old mark, but the second-year Bachelor of Medical Imaging student said it was difficult to gauge the significance of her wins at the weekend’s Australian Short Course Swimming Championships in Sydney.

“Everyone’s in different stages of training,” she said.

What made Fullerton’s results more impressive was the fact she’d only pulled back her training schedule a few days before the meet, before resuming the next three-month block ahead of next year’s long course titles, which will double as Olympic trials.

“I was really happy with how I went, it’s good to see that I am improving as well,” the 23-year-old said.

“A win’s always great as it gives you that confidence and I’ll be racing all the same people for Olympic trials in three months.”

Fullerton, who took six months away from the sport after missing Olympic selection in 2012, said her studies, time away from the sport and her maturing had given her more perspective on life in and out of the pool.

“I have more to life than just swimming, that’s helped a lot,” she said.

“As I’ve matured from age group swimming and I had a bit of time off, you do get a bit of perspective.

“This is pretty much my last crack at Olympics and I’ll just give it all I’ve got.”

Meanwhile fellow Coaster, 21-year-old Jake Packard won the Men’s 100m breaststroke final.

Tessa Wallace managed fourth in the 200m breaststroke final while Melanie Wright finished fourth in the women’s 50m freestyle final, at the same Sydney meet.

Fullerton Flies:

  •  Ellen Fullerton won the 400m individual medley final in 4:28.72
  •  Won the 200m individual medley final in 2:07.26

Nov 29 15

Bronte and Cate Campbell use Williams’ sisters as benchmark

by ZwemZa

The Campbells could challenge Serena and Venus Williams as world sport’s greatest sister act by going one-two in Rio next year.

And while swimming sensations Bronte and Cate Campbell are getting closer to each other in competition their relationship out of the pool remains as strong as ever — thanks partly to the example set by the superstar American tennis duo.

Younger sibling Bronte emerged out of Cate’s shadow in stunning fashion earlier this year, taking out the 50m and 100m world titles in Kazan, Russia.

Bronte (left) and Cate (right) Campbell race at the Australian short course championships

Bronte (left) and Cate (right) Campbell race at the Australian short course championships in Sydney. (News Corp Australia)

Cate turned the tables in the 100m final at the Australian short course championship on Thursday night, the latest twist in an intriguing build-up to next year’s Olympics.

While the loving sisters are happy to see each other succeed, Bronte revealed they’d taken inspration from growing up watching Serena and Venus maintain a strong relationship while competing against each other at the highest level.

“I definitely look to them and they’ve found a way to make it work and I think we have too,” Bronte told

“We used to watch them growing up. I was always a Serena fan obviously, being the younger sister, and watched through the many years Venus was winning so it’s great to see now Serena is back on top (laughs).

Serena and Venus Williams embrace after their quarter-final at this year’s U.S. Open.

Serena and Venus Williams embrace after their quarter-final at this year’s U.S. Open. (Getty Images)

“I reckon they have it a lot tougher than we do because I line up and there’s me and Cate and six other people in the race.

“It’s not like we’re going head-to-head and I have to slowly decimate my opponent over three hours like they do. It takes a minute.

“I reckon they have it pretty rough and they do a really good job of it.”

Bronte insists “nothing has changed” in her relationship with Cate since upstaging her in Russia.

She also doesn’t consider herself favourite for Rio gold, despite winning the world 100m final in a time that would have earned victory in the London Olympic final.

“People will obviously watch what I do now and I’ll be going in (to Rio) as the reigning world champion and that’s a tough ask but it’s not really something I think about,” Bronte said.

“… I like to be the underdog and if you look at the statistics, the number of reigning world champions that win at the Olympics the next year is very small, so that way I see it I’m still the underdog now.”

Nov 29 15

James Magnussen set for New Year comeback after successful shoulder surgery

by ZwemZa

James Magnussen’s shoulder surgery has been declared a success and he will make his return to racing in the Victorian state championships in the New Year.

Magnussen sent a shockwave through Australian swimming when he withdrew from the side to compete at the World Championships in Russia because of a shoulder injury but Dolphins officials are confident he will be in peak condition for the Olympic trials in April.

The two time 100m freestyle world champion underwent surgery in June to repair damage to the sub-scapular region in his left shoulder that had caused him to lose 70 per cent of strength in the joint.

He is not competing at the national shortcourse titles in Sydney this week but has shifted his training to the Olympic aquatic centre to join his coaches Mitch and Lach Falvey.

Lach Falvey declared his star charge was in a “good space” both physically and mentally.

Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren said he had completed his rehabilitation and was back in full training now with a view to racing in Victoria in mid-January.

“His progress is going well, we can say it has been a successful rehab,’’ he said.

“He is completely cleared from all niggles and is now back in real training and is picking up in intensity.

“His first competition will be in January at the Victorian state titles.’’

James Magnussen after the 4x100m freestyle relay at the London Olympics.

Magnussen has followed the lead of Grant Hackett who has travelled to the US to train with Michael Phelps.

But rather than leave his Sydney base at the Ravenswood swimming club, he has lured US swim team member Will Copeland down under to train with him.

Copeland competed at the Aussie shortcourse titles and qualified for the finals of the 100m freestyle.

Verhaeren said the American’s presence was providing a major boost to Magnussen’s training.

“It is really good for him, I think it is good to have a sparring partner with you who swims in the same events,’’ he said.

“It happens to be with the tests they do, we see they have very similar physiology so that really means they can train approximately the same, so that is really helpful.’’

Andrew Hamilton

Nov 29 15

Nugent and ‘Australian way’ of teaching

by ZwemZa
Leigh Nugent

Leigh Nugent

Leigh Nugent was Swimming Australia’s head coach for nearly six years in two separate stints, his time in the role taking in the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games.

He does not ponder a great deal when asked to name the best swimmer he has trained. “Ian Thorpe; no doubt about that,” Nugent says. “But I’ve worked with a lot of talented swimmers — Leisel Jones was a magnificent swimmer. She doesn’t do breaststroke any more but she changed the standard of women’s breaststroke in the world.”

Nugent is now technical coaching director for Swimming Australia and is in India leading a series of workshops across the country for swim teachers and coaches.

The project, conducted on behalf of Austswim (Australia’s national organisation for the teaching of swimming), and with support from the Australia-India Council, intends to educate coaches here in ‘the Australian way’ of swim teaching.

“We’ve been to three cities (Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru). We are trying to bring in awareness of what a good stroke technique is and how to develop that among swimmers. The Australian way is to keep it simple,” Nugent said. Partnering Austswim in India is ‘Winning Matters’, a venture headed by Hakimuddin Habibulla, who swam in the men’s 200m freestyle at the Sydney Olympics.

“During his workshop in Delhi (earlier this month), Leigh met the SAI Director General, Injeti Srinivas,” he said. “A couple of coaches from the National Swimming Academy too attended the workshop in Delhi. SAI is keen on deepening its engagement with Austswim.”

Nugent believes Australian methods of coaching can work in India. “We’ve all got two arms, two legs, and two eyes,” he said. “It’s a matter of creating a system to operate in here. The standard in Australia is very high. Maybe with some restructuring here, you can make significant gains quickly if you have the knowledge.”

Nugent casts his mind back to the men’s 200m freestyle at the Athens Olympics, an event dubbed the ‘Race of the Century’.

“Forget about track and field, this was the event of the Olympics,” he said. “Because it had big names — Ian Thorpe, Michael Phelps, Pieter van den Hoogenband, and Grant Hackett. No one knew who was going to win. On day three, it all happened. And Thorpe was just way, way too good for everyone. But four years later, Michael Phelps broke the world record. People look good for a certain period, then someone else comes along and takes it to another level.”
Nov 29 15

Peaty looks to hone skills at Euros

by ZwemZa
Adam Peaty (Getty Images)

Adam Peaty (Getty Images)

Adam Peaty will use next week’s European Short Course Championships as a chance to hone his technique ahead of a huge year that will see him go on the hunt for Olympic gold.

Peaty is a triple world champion and world record holder and will head to Netanya, Israel with a strong British team that includes Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Robbie Renwick, Fran Halsall and Chris Walker-Hebborn.

The Brits are currently in the midst of a block of winter training and will be looking to make headway in Israel with Jazz Carling, Liam Tancock and Hannah Miley also included in the 12-strong lineup.

“I’m really looking forward to my second European Short Course Championships,” Peaty told British Swimming.

“I will be using the races as a focus point for my dives, turns and underwater work so it will hopefully benefit me in my long course swimming later in the season.”

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Nov 29 15

Robbie Renwick enjoying the form of his life at 27

by ZwemZa
Robbie Renwick

Robbie Renwick

Robbie Renwick appears to be the Benjamin Button of British swimming; after being on the international scene for a decade, the Aberdonian has had the best year of his career at the age of 27. At a stage in his career when many of his fellow swimmers have hung up their goggles, Renwick is continuing to improve and in August, he became world champion for the first time when he was part of the quartet that won gold in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Just weeks later, he was named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year.

Renwick is aiming to cap off a fine 2015 with a strong performance at the European Short Course Championships which begin in Netanya, Israel on Wednesday. The Scot will compete in the 100m and 200m freestyle and he admits that he cannot wait to start racing. “I’m really looking forward to the Europeans because I’m feeling really good,” he says. “I’m really happy with the shape I’m in at the moment although I’m not completely sure what my results will be because there’s so many fast guys in the 200m freestyle. I really feel like I can be up there fighting for the medals though. It’s going to be a fast meet, that’s for sure and I just want to get in there and race because that’s what I love to do- I don’t want to be worrying too much about colours of medals.”

Renwick’s current mental state is in stark contrast to how he felt this time last year. Twelve months ago, the swimmer was utterly disenchanted with the sport; at Glasgow 2014, he failed to successfully defend the Commonwealth 200m freestyle title that he had won in Delhi four years previously and his performances had plateaued somewhat. The Scot was disheartened to such an extent that he admits he even considered retiring from the sport. “After Glasgow 2014, I really wasn’t happy with my performances and how the season had gone,” he says. “It was a really pivotal moment for me- I had to decide, did I want to continue swimming or did I want to move to the University of Stirling and try that? I moved to Stirling and I’m so glad that I did.”

Renwick’s move turned out to be one of the best decisions of his career. The squad, which also includes Commonwealth champion, Ross Murdoch, Olympian, Craig Benson and the rising star of British swimming, Duncan Scott, has established itself as the pre-eminent base for elite swimmers in this country. Under the guidance of coaches Ben Higson and Steven Tigg, Renwick has flourished and while their training regime is significantly different to what he was used to, Renwick is loving every moment of it. “It’s a totally different approach to swimming- there’s a lot more recovery which, in my old age, I need,” he says. “My improvements have been quite large over the last twelve months and I’m now a lot fitter, a lot leaner and a lot better placed that I was last year. I’m training a lot smarter now so my body feels much better than it ever has and I never feel old!”

The strength-in-depth of the Stirling squad is, Renwick believes, a major factor in its success and to have such intense competition daily is something that few swimmers have the luxury of. “It’s great that there are so many good swimmers in the group and the benefit of that is we’re all in the same boat. We all know that we need to do the hard, grinding training and so it helps that we all suffer together. It’s so professional but it’s really good fun too. It’s a great team atmosphere and we all do everything we can to get the results.”

With just eight months until the Rio Olympics, Renwick’s new lease of life couldn’t have come at a better time. His leg of the gold medal-winning relay swim in Kazan was a career best 1 minute 45.98 seconds and the win leaves the British team extremely well placed for next summer. Renwick admits that the thought of an Olympic medal has crossed his mind. “It was really nice to get that gold at the World Championships because it felt like after all the hard work I’ve put in, I’ve finally got something to show for it,” he says. “It’s also hugely motivating going into Rio knowing that we can, potentially, win a gold medal and that’s so exiting. It could be my third Olympics and I’m feeling in better shape than I ever have.”

It’s not all sunshine though- while the current doping scandals have primarily focused on athletics, swimming has also fallen victim to the rumour mill. Renwick concedes that it is unfortunate to have a cloud over his sport but he also admits that he was not overly shocked by some of the revelations. “When the story broke, it wasn’t really a surprise to me that some nations had been trying to take advantage of the system,” he says. “But it’s sad that swimming has been brought into it. With some countries, especially the ones which are in the news at the moment, if wasn’t unexpected but you just really hope that it’s a limited number of countries and that they get the appropriate punishment. I have faith in WADA that they’re catching these guys and hopefully that serves as a deterrent moving forward.”

Graham Shields

Nov 29 15

Larkin: Aussie swimming back to glory days

by ZwemZa
Mitch Larkin (Ausswim)

Mitch Larkin (Ausswim)

Two world records, five Commonwealth records, and three national records all fell at the Australian Short Course Championships in Sydney.

Australia has continued its re-emergence as a leading force in the pool after a record-breaking meet at the national short course championships in Sydney.

Two world records, five Commonwealth records, and three national records all fell over four days, backing up the Dolphins’ impressive medal haul in August’s World Championships in Russia.

It all points towards a strong preparation for next year’s Olympics in Rio.

“I think people are starting to say swimming’s getting back to its glory days. I really hope it is,” said backstroke king Mitch Larkin.

“As you can see, there was some really good swims. Hopefully that’s momentum to next year.”

Larkin became the country’s first world record breaker in the post-supersuit era on the second night with a powerful swim in the 200m backstroke.

Then on the final night, Cate Campbell surprised many with her 100m record attempt in the 200m final.

Despite finishing last in the race, her 50.91 split over the first half of the race was enough to become the first woman to break the 51-second barrier.

Larkin, who became just the second swimmer in Australian history to complete the 50m, 100m, and 200m title treble, almost had a second world record on the final night.

His stunning 49.04 time in the 100m final came just short of the world record mark set by American Nick Thoman in 2009.

The 22-year-old had a second crack in the 4×100 medley relay half an hour, only to again fall agonisingly short with a 49.03.

In the end he had to settle for a new Commonwealth time, but couldn’t hide his disappointment afterwards.

“I would have liked to have cracked the 49, but I can’t complain,” he said.

Matthew Wilson, 16, got one of the warmest ovations on the final night after capturing his first national title after cutting 90 seconds off his personal best time in the 200m backstroke final.

He will aim to shed another 90 seconds off his 2:06.50 by the time Olympic trials begin in April.

“My goal when we first started the season was (Commonwealth games in) 2018, but it’s not out of the realms of possibility,” he said.


Nov 28 15

Chad le Clos : Don’t walk when you can swim

by ZwemZa
It's the week between returning from the Doha championships and Turffontein Race Course in the hectic life of Durban swimming star Chad le Clos.(Marilyn Bernard)

It’s the week between returning from the Doha championships and Turffontein Race Course in the hectic life of Durban swimming star Chad le Clos.(Marilyn Bernard)

It’s the week between returning from the Doha championships and Turffontein Race Course in the hectic life of Durban swimming star Chad le Clos.

He is sitting, sporting a Movember beard, on a comfortable couch in front of a large-screen television set in the upstairs flat that is his section of his family’s Pinetown home, nearly R700 000 richer after coming second to another South African, Cameron van der Burgh, in the Fina World Cup Series in Dubai.

The place is a hive of activity with swimming lessons in progress in the pool in the front garden, and his ever-present dad, Bert, cooking up a huge spaghetti Bolognaise “for the boys who will be hungry after swimming”.

They are Le Clos and his swimming mates who are keeping him company as he sits with his leg up with an ice pack on his knee, an inflammation he got in Doha. He didn’t get from swimming the 140km he clocked in the pool in Qatar, but from walking.

“I would always walk to the pool. It was a quicker way of getting there than taking transport through the city. Our accommodation was quite far. (The inflammation) is to do with my mechanics. I have bad feet.”

His dad expected to see him arrive in a wheelchair last Friday when he jetted into King Shaka International Airport where more walking would have been expected at the enormous airport.

But Le Clos walked in on “all twos”, slap into a welcoming crowd of youngsters from the Lamontville Swimming Club.

This week, he’s been keeping his legs still, sticking to arm training on his daily 65km at Lahee Park pool.

On Saturday, however, the Olympic gold medallist will be turning away from his swimming life and flying up to Johannesburg for a day at the races. He’ll watch Unbelievable Chad le Clos, a horse he has shares in that he calls “my baby”, on the track in the Gr 2 Investec Dingaans race.

“Dad suggested I try horses, not for the money, just for enjoyment. It gives me a different side to life.

“I am excited. I am attached to the horse. I feel the proud uncle. The trainer (Bert’s friend, Paul Lafferty) is the father.”

The jockey wears a green hat representing the cap Le Clos wears representing South Africa and his green jacket is decorated with Olympic rings on a white background.

“She won her maiden race at Scottsville (Pietermaritzburg). I want her to run in the Durban July one day. I look at her as myself. I like to win.”

“Win” is perhaps a new keyword for Le Clos, 10 months before the Rio Olympics, as he looks back on who he was 10 months before the London Olympics.

“Ten months before London I was just fine winning world titles. I wasn’t by any means a favourite for a gold and I didn’t have lots of press.

“It was a time when I needed a medal rather than to win.”

Before the London Olympics, Le Clos was 19 years old, fresh out of Westville Boys’ High.

“You beat the best and life changes,” he says, making reference to his beating arch-rival American Michael Phelps at the 2012 event.

“You become a household name in South Africa, and in the world.”

“You can’t prepare for that. Flying around the world, life changes. It comes with the territory.”

His challenge has since been to not only maintain himself but also to manage being in the media spotlight.

“I have to deal with media obligations. I was told that after the Olympics it would all be easier. It’s actually harder. The pressure of staying at the top, nursing injuries.

“There’s a lot more pressure on me this time around but I am definitely now more mature as an athlete.”

He credits his family for helping him through.

“I don’t have a sports psychologist. But I think this (a supporting family) is the best way to deal with the pressure.”

Socially, he makes an effort to stick to himself and being without a cellphone helps.

“I just keep to myself. I do what I need to do.”

At the centre of his social circle are his family and friends.

Friends are mainly swimming groups and people he was at school with – about half and half.

“I don’t have many friends,” he says. “Just close friends.”

Le Clos also believes that being South African is an asset.

“We don’t have the greatest facilities but we make it happen. We aren’t paid the same money as Americans and Australians, but we’re tougher. We want it that much more.

I attribute how we are to our history.

“I am grateful for where we come from. I am proud of what we have achieved. It’s not just because of luck.”

South Africa has also provided the opportunity to be a “people’s champion” in a diverse society.

“My support in South Africa is from fans of all races. I go into townships and other places and I am exposed to many different cultures.”

Another challenge against Phelps awaits Le Clos at next year’s Olympics.

“It’ll be the race of the century in Rio. I want to race Phelps at his best. It will be a big achievement for a young Durban boy who had a dream. Beating Michael Phelps twice will be a big honour.

“May the best man win.”

He doesn’t think his arch-rival likes him very much.

“We used to be in touch but he unfollowed me on Twitter. Maybe it’s just because he’s focused now.

“But he’ll always be a role model in terms of what he has achieved in the world.”

Swimming aside, Le Clos looks forward to experiencing the city of Rio.

“The football will be great, we’ll have a nice carnival-like time on the beach. Beach volleyball will be a cracker to watch.

“It will be hard for anywhere to beat London as a city to host the Olympics for the way it was run. Plus, there was no language barrier.

“But if any place will beat London, it will be Rio.”

And after that?

Le Clos expects to be slowing down a bit by the time the 2022 Commonwealth Games are held on home ground but there’s nonetheless time still “for me to establish myself as an all-time great”.

Nov 28 15

Still something about Cate after surprise 100m freestyle world record of 50.91

by ZwemZa
Cate Campbell (AAP)

Cate Campbell (AAP)

Sprint queen Cate Campbell created history in Sydney on Saturday evening when she became the first woman to crack 51 seconds for 100m freestyle in the final of the 200m event on a record-breaking final night of the Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Swimming Championships in Sydney.

Campbell told her competitors in the marshalling room at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre just minutes before the race that she would only swim the first 100 metres – and only her coach Simon Cusack and a handful of coaches knew the plan.

When she split 24.20 at the 50m mark even National head coach Jacco Verhaeren knew “something was on” and all eyes were on lane six as the long, fluid strokes of the 2013 world champion ploughed through the water.

Then she stopped, touched the wall at the 100m mark and looked around to see her time of 50.91 – 0.10 faster than Australian Olympic gold medallist Libby Trickett had swum in 2008 with her 51.01 –as Emma McKeon continued through the next 100m to set a new Commonwealth record for the 200m of 1:51.66.

“It is my first individual world record, I can’t believe that just happened,” Campbell told a stunned press corps.

“It doesn’t really feel real, especially because I came dead last by about 25m, so I think it is pretty unique to get a world record and finish dead-last in your race.

“Not many people can claim that but I have always been a trailblazer, so I will take it.’’

There was a total of seven records in that one race – the World, Commonwealth, Australian and Australian All-Comers records in the 100m to Campbell and the Commonwealth, Australian and Australian All-Comers records in the 200m to McKeon.

All-in-all there were 20 records broken tonight – one world, five Commonwealth, six Australian and eight Australian All-Comers and records set on the final night – taking the record tally to 40 in three days – two world, eight Commonwealth, 12 Australian and 18 Australian All-Comers.

Mitch Larkin, who set a new 200m backstroke world record last night, continued the record rage, twice setting new Commonwealth, Australian and Australian All-Comers records – first off in his individual 100m backstroke final with a sizzling 49.04 and then improving it 30 minutes later to 49.03 as he led the St Peters Western medley relay team to an Australian club relay record – just 0.09 shy of Nick Thoman’s 2009 world mark of 48.94.

Not to be out done, a revitalised, refreshed and re-loaded Tom Fraser-Holmes put his hand up, slashing his own Commonwealth and Australian records in the men’s 400m individual medley in a time of 3:57.91 – and only 3.41 outside Ryan Lochte’s 2010 world mark.

Then Emily Seebohm finished her campaign with a new Australian All-Comers record of 26.30 in the 50m backstroke final, only just out-touching her training partner, 15-year-old World junior champion Minna Atherton who clocked 26.56.

Then 24 hours after breaking Ian Thorpe’s 200m freestyle Commonwealth record, Cam McEvoy kept the records tumbling with his 20.75 in the 50 metres freestyle final to become only the second swimmer since 1982 to win the 50,100 and 200m freestyle treble to Tom Stachewicz (1988).

McEvoy analysed his race, saying: “The first 25 metres felt a bit messy because I just wanted to get out as quick as I could and the technical side of things kind of fell apart.

“I guess with the 50 short course, after the turn it’s all about trying to get into that rhythm, not trying to over-spin and just trying to get to the other end as quick as you can as well. A lot of it is a blur.

“I’ve been very close to getting the treble the past two years at the long course championships. It is an added bonus, it’s nice to finish off a competition like that and the week with three gold medals and it’s great to do be able to do something like that for the first time in a long time.”

In other events:

Kenneth To (Trinity Grammar, NSW) won his fifth 100 individual medley title in six years in 52.38, with Justin James (Mackay) second in 53.59 and defending champion Daniel Lester (Lawnton, QLD) third in 53.89. To also won the 200IM earlier in the meet.

Madeline Groves (St Peters Western, QLD) won her first 200m butterfly short course title, to match her long course gold medal from earlier in the year, hanging on to stop the clock at 2:03.08 – just 0.20 outside the Commonwealth and Australian record of 2:02.88, set by Ellen Gandy in 2013. Groves held on to beat the fast finishing Brianna Throssell (Perth City, WA) 2:03.25 and An Sehyun (Korea) 2:08.74.

David Morgan (TSS Aquatic, QLD) successfully defended his 100m butterfly title with an all-the-way win in a personal best time of 50.14 from Chris Wright (50.59) and Tommaso D’Orsogna (50.79).

World Junior Championship silver medallist in this event Matthew Wilson is proving his potential at the open level with a win in the men’s 200m breaststroke final tonight. Wilson took his first title in emphatic fashion, finishing half a body length ahead of the rest of the field. The 16-year-old clocked a 2:06.50 to relegate Canada’s Ashton Baumann (2:08.01) to second with TSS Aquatics swimmer Joshua Tierney (2:08.89) taking the bronze.

World Championship representative Jake Packard touched in second place but was later disqualified for an illegal touch.

St Peters Western swimmer Georgia Bohl is brimming with confidence after taking her second title for the meet in the 50m breaststroke tonight, only her second ever open national’s title. Bohl held on to take the win in a time of 30.03 leaving Leiston Pickett (30.11) to settle for second and Sally Hunter (30.34) with the bronze.

After taking the win and equalling her own Australian record in the 400m individual medley earlier in the week, Ellen Fullerton added the 200m IM title to her tally tonight. Sprinting home in the freestyle leg, Fullerton finished in 2:07.97 with West Australian Blair Evans (2:07.97) sneaking into second and Alicia Coutts (2:08.11) rounding out the top three.

The men’s 1500m freestyle was a fight to the finish, with both Jack McLoughlin (14:54.12) and George O’Brien (14:55.69) going stroke for stroke for the duration of the 60 laps. McLoughlin started to pull away at the 1400 metre mark and managed to touch just ahead of O’Brien and steal the national short course title. The bronze medal went to Marion’s Ethan Owens who hit the wall in 15:21.71.

IPC World Champion Tiffany Thomas-Kane (1:38.40, 992 Multi Class points) wrapped up a successful short course meet with a gold medal in the women’s 100m Multi Class breaststroke. The 14-year-old got the better of Madeleine Scott (1:18.66, 934 Multi Class points) and Paige Leonhardt (1:20.95, 857 Multi Class points).

The men’s 100m Multi Class breaststroke saw Ahmed Kelly in his element. Kelly was crowned the eventual winner with a time of 1:49.94 – giving him 936 Multi Class points. The Silver medal went to Mitchell Kilduff (1:12.92, 709 Multi Class points) with Matthew Ward taking the bronze in 1:13.28 (653 Multi Class points).

Fourteen-year-old Jenna Jones (32.75, 1111 Multi Class points) collected her first national short course title in front of a home crowd in the women’s 50m Multi Class backstroke final. The silver medal was awarded to Taylor Corry (31.07, 1029 Multi Class points) with Teigan Van Roosmalen (34.09, 985 Multi Class points) joining them on the podium for third.

In the corresponding men’s Multi Class event, Michael Anderson (26.97, 1038 Multi Class points) was too strong over the 50m backstroke, taking the title ahead of Sean Russo (27.62, 966 Multi Class points) and Joshua Alford (30.49, 835 Multi Class points).

2015 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Championships, FINALS Day 4



Saturday: 1500m freestyle J McLoughlin (Chandler QLD) 14:54.12 G O’Brien (Kawana Waters QLD) 14:55.69 E Owens (Marion SA) 15:21.71, 100m backstroke M Larkin (St Peters Western QLD) 49.04 (Aus. Commonwealth and all comers rec*) J Beaver (Nunawading VIC) 51.87 R Gerlach (Chandler QLD) 52.56, 50m freestyle C McEvoy (Bond QLD) 20.75 (Aus record) W Copeland (USA) 21.51 D Morgan (TSS Aquatics QLD) 21.64, 200m breaststroke M Wilson (SOPAC) 2:06.50 A Baumann (CAN) 2:08.01 J Tierny (TSS Aquatics QLD) 2:08.89, 100m butterfly D Morgan (TSS Aquatics QLD) 50.14 C Wright (Southport Olympic QLD) 50.59 T D’Orsogna (Commercial QLD) 50.79, 100m IM K TO (Trinity Grammar NSW) 52.38 J James (Mackay QLD) 53.59 D Lester (Lawnton QLD) 53.89, 4x100m medley relay T D’Orsogna C Sprenger J Hadler W Stockwell (Commercial QLD) 3:30.45 M Larkin (Aus and Commonwealth Record 49.03) C Fasala G Irvine C Jones (St Peters Western QLD) 3:30.67 B Edmonds J Palmer H Lewis A Abood (Marion SA) 3:33.84

Multi Class Men

Saturday: 50m breaststroke M Anderson (USC QLD) 26.97 S Russo (MLC Marlins NSW) 27.62 J Alford (Tuggeranong Vikings ACT) 30.49, 100m breaststroke A Kelly (Melbourne Vicentre VIC) 1:49.94 M Kilduff (MLC Marlins NSW) 1:12.92 M Ward (GT Aquatics NSW) 1:13.28


Saturday: 50m backstroke E Seebohm (Brisbane Grammar QLD) 26.30 M Atherton (Brisbane Grammar QLD) 26.56 M D’Cruz (SOPAC NSW) 27.09, 200m IM E Fullerton (Chandler QLD) 2:07.26 B Evans (West Coast WA) 2:07.97, A Coutts (Redlands QLD) 2:08.11, 200m freestyle E McKeon (St Peters Western QLD) 1:51.66 (Aus. Commonwealth record) B Barratt (St Peters Western QLD) 1:54.26 M Wilson (St Peters Western QLD) 1:55.17, 50m breaststroke G Bohl (St Peters Western QLD) 30.03 L Pickett (Southport Olympic QLD) 30.11 S Hunter (Marion SA) 30.34, 200m butterfly M Groves (St Peters Western QLD) 2:03.08  B Throssell (Perth City WA) 2:03.25 A Sehyun (KOR) 2:08.74, 4x100m medley relay M Wilson G Bohl M Groves B Barratt (St Peters Western QLD) 3:55.38 B Hocking J Hansen S Wilkins J Hawkins (Nunawading VIC) 4:01.05 Z Williams S Hunter M Adlem E Oldsen (Marion SA) 4:03.63

Multi Class Women

Saturday: 50m breaststroke J Jones (Springwood NSW) 32.75 T Corry (Nelson Bay NSW) 31.07 T Van Roosmalen (Mingara NSW) 34.09, 100m breaststroke T Thomas-Kane (Ravenswood NSW) 1:38.40 M Scott (Canberra ACT) 1:18.66 P Leonhardt (Wingham NSW) 1:20.95


Nov 28 15

Cate Campbell breaks 100 free world record at Aussie SC championships

by ZwemZa
Cate Campbell (Ausswim)

Cate Campbell (Ausswim)

Cate Campbell grabbed two slices of history with a stunning world record breaking performance at the national short course championships in Sydney on Saturday night.

In a dramatic 200m freestyle race 23-year-old Campbell produced a scorching 50.91 over the opening 100m, the fastest ever recorded, then with the job done eased back over the next four laps to eventually finish last.

The 100m metre time is officially recognised as a world record and breaks Aussie great Libby Trickett’s six year-old mark from the super suit era.

Emma McKoen went on to win the race and set a new Australian record in the process.

It was Campbell, a two time world champion’s, first world record and she confessed her competitors knew of her cunning plan before the race.

But even though she had coach Simon Cusack’s instructions to go all-out in the opening 100m, she was struggling to believe the plan had come off.

“I told the girls in my race, so I was a lady in that respect,’’ she said.

“It is my first individual world record, I can’t believe that just happened.

“It doesn’t really feel real, especially because I came dead last by about 25m, so I think it is pretty unique to get a world record and finish dead-last in your race.

“Not many people can claim that but I have always been a trailblazer, so I will take it.’’

The meet’s other world recorder breaker Mitch Larkin had to settle for a new Australian and Commonwealth record in the 100m backstroke with a time of 49.04.

He took one hundredth of a second off that with a time of 49.03 in the backstroke if the 4x100m medley relay but was still outside the 48.94 set by American Nicholas Thoman in 2009.

The long course world champion over 100m and 200m on Friday night became the first Australian to break a world record in six years when he blitzed the field in the 50m backstroke.

It was also a night to celebrate some new stars of swimming.

Eighteen-year-old Georgia Bohl, the daughter of St Peter’s Western coach Michael Bohl, who is the man steering Mitch Larkin’s stunning , captured her first open age national title in the 50m breaststroke.

And 16-year-old New South Welshman Matthew Wilson caused an upset by winning the men’s 200m breaststroke with a personal best time of 2.06.50.

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