Published: Apr 13, 2012 01:09:45 PM Updated: May 1, 2012 11:31:28 AM
There looks to be no Friday 13th bad luck for Kyle Chalmers after the South Australian powered to the finish in the boy’s 12-13yrs 50m freestyle. The rest of the field played catch up as Chalmers hit the wall nearly a body length ahead in 24.45, just shy of his fourth Australian Age record.
With a seed time 0.05 faster than the 2008 record, it would seem Kyle won’t need much luck to continue on his winning-streak.
Fellow South Australian Luke Zille had to settle for second behind Chalmers in the 100m butterfly final and will be hot on his heels in the splash and dash tonight with a qualifying time of 25.53, just in front of Oliver Moody in 25.72
The age group record in the boy’s 14yrs 100m backstroke is by no means safe with Nicholas Groenewald stopping the clock at 58.01, a fraction off the 57.99 mark Groenewald set earlier this year. Half a body-length behind was Seijun Ohori in 1:00.98, who will be keen to pick up his first medal for the meet. Victorian Lachlan Angel will also progress with his time of 1:01.26.
In other events…
Girl’s 17-18yrs 200m Backstroke
2011 16yrs title holder Mikkayala Sheridan has posted the quickest time in the girl’s 17-18yrs 200m backstroke hitting the wall in 2:14.55. The 17-year-old picked up eight gold medals at the 2011 Age Championships and a win in this will Sheridan her first gold medal of the meet. Qualifying just behind Sheridan was the 17-18yrs 2011 defending champion Jordan White in 2:15.43. Kareena Lee (2:18.67) from Queensland will go through in third.
Boy’s 17-18yrs 200m Backstroke
St Peter’s Western swimmer Mitch Larkin got the edge over New Zealand’s Corey Main (2:03.79) in the heats of the boy’s 17-18yrs 200m backstroke. The London bound swimmer will go through as fastest qualifier in a time of 2:02.88. After a speedy start, Mingara’s Keelan Bridge qualified third fastest in 2:05.37.
Girl’s 12-13yrs 400m Freestyle
City of Perth swimmer Tamsin Cook (4:25.85) could be collecting a fifth medal tonight when she races in the girl’s 12-13yrs 400m freestyle final. Cook has the fastest time going into the final after hitting the wall in 4:25.85 ahead of 800m freestyle silver medallist Delainee Melia (4:27.37), Cranbrook’s Monique Rae (4:27.49) and 800m freestyle title holder Chelsea Gubecka (4:31.08).
Boy’s 12-13yrs 400m Freestyle
Visiting swimmer Brandon Yong from the USA will take a slight advantage going into the boy’s 12-13yrs 400m freestyle final tonight in 4:23.18. Swimming from lane five will be Queenslander Braiden Oates (4:23.93) looking to secure his first title for the meet. They will have to get the better of Mitchell Simmons (4:25.08) who despite qualifying in third has a competitive seed time for the event.
Girl’s 14yrs 100m Backstroke
Amy Forrester (1:04.41) is in prime position to take the backstroke double and defend her 2011 titles when she takes on the girl’s 14yrs 100m backstroke final tonight. The Clayfield Aquatics swimmer will have to beat her backstroke rival Sian Whittaker (1:04.81) for the title. Lucy McJannett (1:05.41) from Bayside and all-rounder Jemma Schlicht (1:05.52) are also in the mix for a medal.
Girl’s 15yrs 200m Freestyle
Southport Olympic swimmer Brittany McEvoy will be looking to steal some of the limelight off her Olympic bound older brother Cameron McEvoy when she races in the final of the girl’s 15yrs 200m freestyle final tonight. McEvoy managed to edge out the 400m and 800m freestyle gold medallist Remy Fairweather (2:03.83) to take top spot for the final tonight. New South Wales swimmers Sophie Taylor (2:04.53) and Ami Matsuo (2:04.54) will fight it out for a position on the dais after qualifying just 0.01 seconds apart.
Boy’s 15yrs 200m Freestyle
Magic Mack Horton looks set to claim his fourth freestyle title with a three second lead going into the final of the boy’s 15yrs 200m freestyle tonight. Horton posted a 1:54.59 to take top spot and continue his dominance in the freestyle events. New Zealand’s Michael Mincham will go through second in 1:57.29 with Western Sprint’s Andrew Walker a touch behind in 1:57.31.
Girl’s 16yrs 100m Butterfly
It will be a tussle for the title in the girl’s 16yrs 100m butterfly final with regular rivals Brianna Throssell (1:01.44) and Ellen O’Rourke (1:02.15) taking the top two spots for tonight. Joining them is 200m butterfly silver medallist Christina Licciardi in a time of 1:02.20.
Boy’s 16yrs 100m Butterfly
Regan Leong has posted the fastest time in the boy’s 16yrs 100m butterfly when he hit the wall in 54.98. With Four medals and three titles already, Leong looks set to add another medal to his collection following the final tonight. He will have to contest Nick Robertson (55.26) who was ranked second after the heats but has the fastest seed time for the event. Ben Schaffer will also progress with a time of 56.04.
Girl’s 12-13yrs 50m freestyle
Local Chandler swimmer Shayna Jack (25.89) will be the one to beat in the girl’s 12-13yrs 50m freestyle final after posting 25.89 to qualify fastest. Jack could claim the sprint double following her win in the 100m freestyle final earlier in the meet. Training partner Lucia Lassman (26.90) will go through in second but will no doubt be keen to get even with Jack who just got the better of her in the 100m freestyle. Emma Terebo from New Caledonia hit the wall in 27.26 to round out the top three.
Girl’s 14yrs 400m IM
The girl’s 14yrs 400m IM heats saw Victorian Karlene Pircher (4:59.97) and triple title holder Alanna Bowles (4:59.99) touch within 0.02 of a second to take lanes four and five into tonight’s final. Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey was the next quickest in 5:03.84.
Boy’s 14yrs 400m IM
Not long after qualifying fastest for the boy’s 100m backstroke final in close to record time Nicholas Groenewald (4:46.17) was back in the water for the boy’s 14yrs 400m IM heats. Groenewald was relegated to lane five after South Australian Joel Pearson stopped the clock at 4:45.02 to take top spot. Callum Sherington was not far off the pace, getting inside the top three with a time of 4:46.76.
Girl’s 15yrs 200m Breaststroke
Australian Age Champion in the 100m breaststroke Jenna Strauch (2:36.92) is affirming her dominance with the fastest time leading into the girl’s 15yrs 200m breaststroke final. Strauch will progress ahead of the bronze and silver medallist Maddison Dwyer (2:37.84) and Emma Handley (2:39.33).
Boy’s 15yrs 200m Breaststroke
With less than one second separating the top three qualifiers, the boy’s 15yrs 200m breaststroke title is anyone’s for the taking. Bronze medallist in the 1500m freestyle Lachlan Colqhuon has the lane four advantage with a time of 2:29.12 with Rory brown 0.4 of a second behind in 2:29.53 and James Traiforos’ time of 2:29.87 rounds out the top three.
Girl’s 16yrs 200m IM
With medals in both the breaststroke and backstroke events it is no wonder that the versatile Tianni Gilmour has the quickest time for the girl’s 15yrs 200m IM final. The 2011 silver medallist faces tough competition in the 400m IM bronze medallist Emma Beth Jensen and 2011 title holder in this event Carla Buchannan (2:22.14).
Boy’s 16yrs 200m IM
New Zealand swimmers Matthew Meyer (2:10.37) and Bradlee Ashby (2:10.62) were at it again in the medley, posting the top two times for the final of the boy’s 16yrs 200m IM. After taking home gold and silver in the 400m IM the Kiwis will be tough to beat. Looking to spoil their double will be Max Muggeridge (2:11.06) and 200m butterfly bronze medallist Jake Baggaley (2:11.07).
Girl’s 12-13yrs 100m Breaststroke
There is less than one second separating the top six qualifiers for the girl’s 12-13yrs 100m breaststroke final. Bronze medallist from the 200m breaststroke Mikayla Smith got to the wall in 1:15.13 slightly in front of Queenslander Georgia Wells in 1:15.31 and Keira Bates was next in 1:15.61.
Boy’s 12-13yrs 100m Breaststroke
It could be a clean sweep for Queensland in the boy’s 12-13yrs 100m breaststroke final tonight, with Zac Stubblety-Cook (1:09.75) touching over a second ahead of his fellow Queenslanders Hunter Stubbs (1:10.95) and Alan Gibson (1:11.29).