Swimming Western Australia
Published: Sep 13, 2012 01:45:48 AM
The 2012 EnergyAustralia Short Course Championships marks the first competition post Olympics and will undoubtedly unveil a new generation of young Australian Swimmers.
Competition throughout the week is fueled with the added accelerant of the Championships doubling as a selection event for the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in December 2012.
WA has waited patiently in anticipation of the arrival of the 2012 Australian Olympic Swimming Team members, as well as the return of old favourites Sally Foster and Tommaso D’Orsogna.
The men’s 200m Freestyle officially opened the 2012 EnergyAustralia Short Course Championships at Challenge Stadium, with World Championship representative Jarrod Killey proving too strong in the men’s 200m freestyle final, chasing down London Olympian Tommaso D’Orsogna to claim the Australian title
West Coast’s D’Orsogna set the pace early and led the field to the 150-metre mark before Killey (1:42.20) and silver medallist Bobby Hurley (1:43.49) chased down the West Australian, who finishing in a time of 1:43.87.
World Championship silver medallist Sarah Katsoulis has qualified fastest for the final of the women’s 50m breaststroke. Katsoulis touched in a time of 30.56, just over second outside her Commonwealth record time of 29.50, to finish ahead of World Cup Short Course silver medallist Olivia Halicek (31.23) and World Championship gold medallist Sally Foster (31.28) in their semi-final.
Arena’s Bobby Jovanovich has overcome recent illness to claim his stake in the final of the men’s 100m backstroke. Jovanovich touched in 7th position (52.80) behind Beijing Olympian Ashley Delaney.
Queensland’s Amy Smith claimed the women’s 200m butterfly title by overcoming popular Perth local and crowd favourite Brianna Throssell. Despite qualifying second fastest for the final in a time of 2:09.81 – 0.73 seconds behind Throssell, Smith stole the lead from the four-time Junior Pan Pac silver medallist at the 75-metre mark and could not be headed.
It’s full steam ahead for West Coast’s Ryan Steencamp as he qualifies sixth fastest for the final of the men’s 100m butterfly with a time of 52.68. Ryan will face off with Olympian Chris Wright and dual World Cup Short Course medalist Kenneth To in tomorrow nights session.
WA athletes excelled in the heats of the men’s 100m breaststroke with Lennard Bremer, Tommy Sucipto and Robert Evans all qualifying for tonight’s semi-final. Bremer put the challenge to Olympic silver medalist Christian Sprenger in the first sem, finishing in a stellar time of 1:01.42, and progressing to tomorrow night’s finals. Tommy Sucipto wasn’t far off the pace, touching 1:01.48 but ending his 100m breaststroke campaign for the competition. Robert Evans of Peel Aquatic finished in a very respectable 14th position in the semis collecting a time of 1:02.14.
Relay favourite’s Nunawading got off to a flying start courtesy of Ashley Delaney and were untouchable. A gallant effort from Tommaso D’Orsonga saw the West Coast superstar anchor the team consisting of Steencamp, Chin and Lindsay, from fourth position into the silver medal winning position in 3:19.17. The team from Nudgee Brothers put up a courageous fight but was narrowly touched out to finish with the bronze medal (3:19.94).
WA’s golden girls Brianna Throssell and Blair Evans have captained the City of Perth relay team into the gold medal winning position. The team of Tamsin Cook, Kate Bird, Throssell and came from behind to overtake Nunawading A (8:09.71) to finish in 8:05.50. The Carlisle Club from New South Wales finished strongly in third to take home the bronze (8:15.45).
Madeleine Scott has won the 50m breaststroke multi-class in a time of 38.57.
Scott, who was a bronze medalist at this year’s National Swimming Championships, claimed the gold medal ahead of Teneale Houghton (39.91) with Dianne Saunders claiming the bronze in 47.65
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