Saturday, 20 March 2010

Australian Championships - Day 4 Finals

Men's 100 LC Meter Butterfly Final

Andrew Lauterstein put in an impressive performance in the 100m Fly with a world leading time of 51.79. Christopher Wright, 21, moves into second in the world rankings after his 52.49 effort. Adam Pine, 34, took third just behind Wright in 52.57.

Lauterstein, 5th in the Rome World final last year with 50.85, was clearly fired up for the final. Just before the 100 Fly event began he posted on Twitter '...I'm ready to let loose in the 100 fly.'

Women's 50 LC Meter Freestyle Final

Yolane Kukla continued her breakout meet in impressive fashion with victory in 25.08. The 14-year-old beat out Alice Mills (25.13) and Cate Campbell (25.15) for the top spot. Campbell, 17, who was widely tipped to win the 50 and 100 events here will at least have a chance to impress at the Pan Pacs and Commonwealths following her third place here and may even be able to get onto the Aussie 4 x 100 Free relay.

Men's 50 LC Meter Breaststroke Final

Brenton Rickard won the 50 Breast in a lightning fast time of 27.40. The best time swum in a full textile suit was set by Oleg Lisogor in 2002 with his effort of 27.18. Rickard will now have 2 major meets to have a shot at that time and will benefit from strong competition. At the Commonwealths he will potentially face world record holder Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) and at Pan Pacs he may face Kosuke Kitajima (JAP) and Mark Gangloff (USA). Christian Sprenger (27.93) and Karl Wurzer (28.40) rounded out the top 3.

Women's 200 LC Meter Backstroke Final

Belinda Hocking broke Emily Seebohm's dominance in the Backstroke events at this meet with a strong victory in 2:07.89. In a tightly contested final Meagan Nay, 21, took second in 2:08.02 with Seebohm third in 2:08.19.

All three women will go to the Commonwealth Games with high hopes but will have a tough time up against England's Elizabeth Simmonds (world leading 2:06.90 this year) and Gemma Spofforth (fourth in Rome in this event).

Men's 50 LC Meter Freestyle Semi-Finals

Ashley Callus set his fastest time of 2010 with a strong effort of 22.16 in the semis of the 50m Free. Cameron Prosser (22.36) and Matthew Abood (22.39) qualified second and third fastest respectively. 100 Free winner Eamon Sullivan qualified fifth for the final in 22.61.

Women's 100 LC Meter Breaststroke Final

Leisel Jones chipped 0.06 seconds off her world leading time this year with victory in the 100 Breast. Jones set a time of 1:05.79 to beat out Samantha Marshall (1:07.45) and Sarah Katsoulis (1:07.89). Jones is now 0.64 seconds faster than second ranked in the world Rebecca Soni (1:06.43 at the Austin Grand Prix). The 100 Breast at Pan Pacs is shaping up to be fantastic contest with Jones, Soni and Jessica Hardy all in with a shot at the title.

Men's 100 LC Meter Backstroke Final

Hayden Stoeckel completed a clean sweep of the Backstroke events with victory in the 100 Back. Stoeckel posted an impressive 53.61, though still a little way off Matt Grevers world leading (and textile best) time of 53.05. Ashley Delaney took second in 54.07 with Ben Treffers, 18, taking his second third place finish of the meet in a time of 55.00.

Women's 400 LC Meter Freestyle Final

Bronte Barratt took victory in the 400m Free in a time of 4:05.50. The time puts Barratt at the top of the world rankings and also ensured that there have been different winners in each of the women's 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 Free events at this meet. Kylie Palmer took second in 4:06.36 with last night's revelation in the 800 Free, Katie Goldman, taking third in 4:07.12. Barratt, Palmer and Goldman may well be up against England's Rebecca Adlington and Jo Jackson, Wales' Jaz Carlin and Scotland's Caitlin McClatchey at the Commonwealth Games as well as USA's Chloe Sutton, Katie Hoff and Allison Schmitt at Pan Pacs. This event is definitely one to watch at both Commonwealth's and Pan Pacs this year.

Women's 50 LC Meter Backstroke Final

Emily Seebohm bounced back from her third place in the 200m Back earlier tonight to win the 50m Back in a new textile best time of 27.95. Seebohm becomes the first women under 28 seconds in a 100% textile suit. Li Yang's 28.09 held the world record on the eve of the techsuit era. Sophie Edington took second in 28.20 with Grace Loh third in 28.52.

Men's 200 LC Meter IM Final

Leith Brodie joined Eric Shanteau as the only men under 2 minutes in 2010 recording a time of 1:59.60. Teenagers Thomas Fraser-Holmes, 18, and Tommaso D'Orsagna, 19, took second and third in times of 2:00.84 and 2:00.90 respectively.

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