Back-to-back titles, multiple gold medallists and personal bests were just a few of the highlights from the second night of the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Championships at Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC.
Off the back of her win in the 100m breaststroke last night, Jenna Strauch (Bond) claimed back-to-back national titles in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke after a strong performance from lane four, clocking 2:21.75. She had quality competition from junior national champion Tara Kinder (DVE Aquatic) who took the second spot on the podium with 2:23.31 and Pelican Waters’ Tessa Wallace claimed the bronze as the third Australian home in 2:25.05.
After claiming three individual medals on the first night of the competition, University of Queensland’s Jack Ireland (S14) backed it up on night two, taking gold in the opening event of the evening – the Men’s 100m Freestyle Multi-Class. Clocking 52.69 (966 points), Ireland finished ahead of silver medallist, North Sydney’s Matt Levy (S7) (1:02:08, 920 points) and TSS Aquatic’s Daniel Fox (S14) (54.09, 893 points).
Walking out on pool deck to a raucous reception, Melbourne Vicentre’s Ashleigh McConnell (S9) snared her second gold medal of the competition, this time in the Women’s 100m Freestyle Multi-Class. After breaking a world record in the 50m free last night, McConnell set a new personal best on night two to capture top place on the podium in 1:03.83 (914 points). Taylor Corry from Nelson Bay (S14) also scooped another medal of the meet, securing silver in 1:00.42 (878 points), while Perth City’s Katherine Downie (S10) received bronze in 1:02.32 (870 points).
TSS Aquatic dominated the podium in the Women’s 400m Freestyle as Kiah Melverton (4:03.50) claimed her second title of the meet. Moesha Johnson (4:06.84) added another silver to her collection after her swim in the 800m free last night while Laura Taylor (4:06.86) took the bronze.
Marion’s Travis Mahoney (1:51.83) took the spoils in the Men’s 200m Backstroke ahead of fellow Dolphin and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Bradley Woodward (Mingara Aquatic), who claimed the silver in 1:53.17 and Tristan Hollard (Southport Olympic) the bronze in 1:54.39.
A member of the Junior World Championship team, 17-year-old Gabriella Peiniger (56.54) claimed her first national open title as she stormed to victory in the Women’s 100m Butterfly. Peiniger went out fast and the pack were unable to chase her down as 16-year-old Olivia Collins (St Peters Western) touched for silver in 58.94 and Alice Stuart (TSS Aquatic) picking up the bronze medal in 59.23.
In her second race of the evening, Downie (S10) took home her first gold medal of the champs, taking top spot in the Women’s 100m Backstroke Multi-Class. Posting a time of 1:11.73 (847 points), the Rio Paralympian secured the honour ahead of Melbourne Torpedoes’ Jamie-Lee Getson (S14) (1:09.86, 811) and local hero, Traralgon’s Ruby Storm (S14), who clocked 1:11.92 (744 points).
In the corresponding event for the men, it was Melbourne Vicentre’s Ahmed Kelly (S3) who nabbed the spoils. Fresh from the world para champs in London, Kelly hit the wall in 1:57.78 (1050 points) to take the gold in front of Northcote’s Rod Welsh (S10) (1:00.35, 855 points) and TSS Aquatic’s Fox claiming his second bronze of the night (1:02.65, 818 points).
In the non-championship events of the night, the skins knock out exhibition race saw Melbourne Vicentre training partners Kotuku Ngawati and Elyse Woods battled it out, with Ngawati taking home the prize pool of $1,000 cash in the final splash and dash.
The men’s race came down to Dolphin Matt Temple and Olympic champion Mack Horton. The crowd were in full voice as the duo went head-to-head with Temple coming out on top by .18 of a second to claim to winner’s cheque.
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The final day of action kicks off at Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC tomorrow, with heats beginning at 10am and 4pm for finals.
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Note: All para races were swum as multi-class races, meaning athletes from all classifications competed in the same event, with the para swimmer achieving 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.