Dolphins take on final day of heats in Hangzhou

16 December 2018

The Dolphins took to the water for the final morning of racing at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou.

Jorden Merrilees waited until the final day of competition to get his first swim as an Australian Dolphin in the men’s 200m backstroke.

The Melbourne Vicentre swimmer finished fourth in his heat and 12th overall.

After his swim he said: “I was definitely stoked to get out there finally. There are a lot of us that have finished racing, so it was cool to be on the other end today after supporting in the stands.

“I’m pretty stoked with the race and it is a really good experience to be honest,” he added.

Joining Merrilees in the men’s 200m backstroke was current world record holder Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western) (1:49.55), who touched first in his heat and will head into tonight’s final in lane five, just behind American Ryan Murphy.

Jenna Strauch (Bond) (2:22.12) and Jess Hansen (Nunawading) (2.23.36) lined up in the women’s 200m breaststroke, finishing 11th and 13th respectively.

The relay teams were in action on the final day with the women’s 4x50m freestyle the first heat to dive into the pool this morning. The quartet of Holly Barratt (Rockingham) (23.97), Ariarne Titmus (St Peters Western) (24.71), Minna Atherton (Brisbane Grammar) (24.61) and Carla Buchanan (Acacia Bayside) (24.58) qualified third for tonight’s final in 1:37.87.

The men’s 4x100m medley relay (3:25.74) of Larkin (50.64), Grayson Bell (TSS Aquatic) (58.34), Nic Brown (UWA West Coast) (50.55) and Cam McEvoy (TSS Aquatic) (46.21) finished sixth in their heat to qualify in eighth for the final this evening.

The last race of the morning was the women’s 4x100m medley relay, with the Dolphins team of Atherton (57.38), Hansen (1:05.28), Emily Seebohm (Brisbane Grammar) (57.51), and Titmus (52.92) winning their heat in 3:53.09 to qualify third for the last race of competition tonight.

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