Sprint freestyle specialist Cameron McEvoy (TSS Aquatics) will head into tonight’s Men’s 50m Freestyle ‘splash and dash’ in lane four after recording the fastest time (22.39) in this morning’s heat session at the Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials.
Young 19-year-old UWA West Coast swimmer Jonte Blake (22.53) finished ever so slightly ahead of Somerset GC’s James Roberts (22.54), while Ashton Brinkworth (UWA West Coast), Kyle Chalmers (Marion) and Grayson Bell (TSS Aquatics) will also feature in the final after clocking 22.63, 22.67 and 22.72, respectively.
In the corresponding event for the women, Cate Campbell (Knox Pymble) backed up her win in the 100m freestyle last night to qualify fastest in the Women’s 50m Freestyle. Posting 24.33 – which is already under the world championship qualifying time of 24.59 – Campbell will race alongside her sister and teammate Bronte Campbell (24.60), St Peters Western’s Shayna Jack (24.80) and Griffith University’s Emma McKeon (24.83).
A brutal battle looms this evening in the Men’s 100m Butterfly, with the top four swimmers all recording sub 53 second swims this morning. UWA West Coast’s Grant Irvine (52.44), TSS Aquatics’ David Morgan (52.49), Nunawading’s Mathew Temple (52.68) and UWA West Coast’s Nicholas Brown (52.83) will all be competing to achieve the world championship qualifying time of 51.31.
Setting a statement time in the Women’s 200m Backstroke, Brisbane Grammar’s Minna Atherton hit the wall in 2:07.83 – nearly five seconds ahead of her next opponent. Her teammate, Olympian Emily Seebohm, touched for second in 2:12.01, while Kaylee McKeown (USC Spartans) clocked 2:13.06 to round out the top three lanes.
A hot field has been formed for the final of the Men’s 400m Individual Medley tonight. Although qualifying through with the fastest time (4:23.02), Nunawading’s Brendon Smith is unable to be selected for the world championship team as he has already chosen to swim at the Uni Games in July. That leaves Carlile’s Se-Bom Lee (4.23.63), Griffith University’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes (4:23.79) and Brisbane Grammar’s Jared Gilliland (4:24.61) to fight it out as the next three fastest qualifiers.
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Following the final heat session of the Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials, the Para GP event schedule once again kicked off at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre.
This is the last chance for the 2019 World Para Championship team to gain race practice ahead of their staging camp in Cairns in July, before they travel to London to compete on the international stage.
Lawnton’s Paralympic champion Brenden Hall (S9) took out the Men’s 400m Freestyle Multi-Class ahead of USC Spartan teammates Jacob Templeton (S13) and Logan Powell (S9). Clocking a time of 4:22.68 (equating to 861 points), the 26-year-old claimed top spot by 98 points, with Templeton recording 763 and Powell posting a time to equal 755 points.
The Women’s 100m Freestyle Multi-Class saw a shootout between Bay & Basin’s Jasmine Greenwood (S10) and Lawnton’s Lakeisha Patterson (S9). In the end it was Greenwood who took the top honour in 1:03.84 and 796 points, with the Paralympic gold medallist claiming second in 1:08.61 and 700 points. Keira Stephens (S10) from Fraser Coast finished in third place, clocking 1:08.32 and 650 points.
It was Auburn’s Timothy Hodge (S9) who came out on top in the Men’s 100m Backstroke Multi-Class after beating his seeded time by more than a second. The 18-year-old powered to the wall in 1:02.19, amassing 850 points. The young gun, who will represent Australia at the World Para Championships, beat out club teammate Ricky Betar (S14) and Kawana Waters’ Liam Schluter (S14), who posted 1:01.45 (746 points) and 1:01.86 (731 points), respectively.
Swimmers from Auburn continued to impress on the final day, with Jenna Jones (SM13) also claimed the spoils in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley Multi-Class. Touching in 2:40.61 and registering 688 points, the 18-year-old smashed nearly five seconds off her seeded time of 2:45.00. Following just behind was Traralgon’s Ruby Storm (SM14) and Melbourne Torpedoes Jamie-Lee Getson who posted 2:37.82 (674 points) and 2:41.73 (626 points), respectively.
Note: All para events were swum as multi-class races, meaning athletes from all classifications competed in the same event, with the para-swimmer attaining the highest point score crowned the winner. The Multi-Class Point Score (MCPS) has been developed to provide a simplified way for swimmers and coaches to measure and compare performances. The MCPS is based on the World Record (WR) times for each classification, but also takes into account weightings for non-Paralympic events that are not raced by other countries around the world.