Rising Australian Dolphins star Lani Pallister has headlined a series of impressive results from the opening night of the 2022 Australian Short Course Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Pallister produced one of the more dominant displays in recent domestic short course history to shave more than 4 seconds off her own Australian Record in the Women’s 1500m Freestyle, setting a new mark of 15:24.63 and finishing more than a minute clear of her closest competitor.
The performance was made even more impressive with the 20-year-old Griffith University athlete also securing a Bronze medal in the 200m freestyle earlier in the night.
Pallister’s Australian record was one of many standout performances from the opening night of competition, including:
- Kyle Chalmers becoming the second fastest Australian male in history over 200m Short Course with a time of 1:40.98
- Chelsea Hodges breaking the 1:05.00 barrier for the first time to claim the Women’s 100m Breaststroke title.
- 13-year-old Holly Warn announcing herself as a star of the future with victory in the Women’s 400m Freestyle Multi-Class Final.
- Personal best times for Australian Dolphins Madi Wilson, Matt Temple and Jack Ireland to claim the Women’s 200m Freestyle, Men’s 50m Butterfly and Men’s 200m Freestyle Multi-Class titles respectively.
The opening night of competition also had a distinctly international flavour, with a number of visiting athletes topping the podium.
American Beata Nelson and Russian Mark Nikolaev claimed the opening two races of the night in the Women’s and Men’s 100m Backstroke, before Singapore’s Pin Xiu Yip proved too strong in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Multi-Class Final.
The most notable international performance though came in the penultimate event of the night, with American David Johnston setting a new US Record of 7:30.41 to take Gold in the Men’s 800m Freestyle.
Night 2 of Finals commences at SOPAC from 6pm this evening.
You can catch all the Heats and Finals action streamed LIVE on News Corp’s KommunityTV platform.
Women’s 100m Backstroke
|Kaylee McKeown||Griffith University||55.81|
|Mollie O’Callaghan||St Peters Western||56.02|
Men’s 100m Backstroke
Women’s 400m Freestyle Multi-Class
|Holly Warn (S7)||St Hildas||5:28.66 (827)|
|Hannah Price (S9)||Campbelltown||4:59.77 (797)|
|Chloe Osborn (S7)||Aquablitz Toongabbie||5:36.79 (769)|
Men’s 400m Freestyle Multi-Class
|Alexander Tuckfield (S10)||SLC Aquadot||4:05.98 (867)|
|Joshua Alford (S14)||University of Queensland||4:22.58 (788)|
|Alex Saffy (S10)||Bunbury||4:27.80 (672)|
Women’s 200m Freestyle
|Lani Pallister||Griffith University||1:53.81|
Men’s 200m Freestyle
Women’s 200m Freestyle Multi-Class
|Pin Xiu Yip (S2)||Singapore||4:57.81 (2221 – WORLD RECORD)|
|Alexa Leary (S9)||St Hildas||2:09.66 (1181)|
|Jade Lucy (S14)||SLC Aquadot||2:18.03 (720)|
Men’s 200m Freestyle Multi-Class
|Jack Ireland (S14)||University of Queensland||1:52.49 (1022)|
|Ricky Betar (S14)||Cruiz||1:52.95 (1009)|
|Alexander Tuckfield (S10)||SLC Aquadot||1:59.48 (842)|
Women’s 100m breaststroke
|Talara-Jade Dixon||St Hildas WA||1:05.30|
Men’s 100m Breaststroke
|Sam Williamson||Melbourne Vicentre||57.01|
|Joshua Yong||USC Spartans||57.63|
Women’s 50m Butterfly
|Alex Perkins||USC Spartans||25.52|
Men’s 50m Butterfly
Women’s 50m Butterfly Multi-Class
|Yasmine-Bella Younes (S14)||Bankstown Sports||31.87 (955)|
|Montana Atkinson (S14)||Helensvale||32.13 (932)|
|Yan Ting Danielle Moi (S14)||Singapore||32.99 (861)|
Men’s 50m Butterfly Multi-Class
|Jarred Dyer (S14)||Wollongong||27.45 (971)|
|Joshua Alford (S14)||University of Queensland||27.68 (947)|
|Dylan Logan (S15)||Geelong||25.12 (932)|
Women’s 1500m Freestyle
|Lani Pallister||Griffith University||15:24.63 (new Australian Record)|
|Jacquelin Davison-McGovern||Yeronga Park||16:35.06|
|Sienna Deurloo||Toowoomba Grammar||16:52.04|
Men’s 800m Freestyle
|Mack Horton||Griffith University||7:39.71|
Mixed 4 x 50m Relay
|University of Queensland||1:45.11|