Swimming Western Australia
Published: Sep 14, 2012 03:38:56 PM
Paralympian Madeline Scott has claimed her second gold in as many nights, taking out the 50m butterfly multi-class event.
Scott, who won last night’s 50m breaststroke final, touched in a time of 32.30, ahead of Helen Hasoloff (34.98) in second. Teneale Houghton (32.66), who finished second to Scott last night, took the bronze. Nicole Scott of Kwinana was unlucky to finish out of the medals in 38.52, a two second improvement on he qualifying time.
Women’s 100 Freestyle
Junior Pan Pacs silver medallist Brianna Throssell (54.46) and Swan Hill’s Holly Barratt (54.66) are through to the final of the women’s 100m freestyle. Breaststroke specialist Sally Foster (54.17) displayed her diversity by finishing ninth in the semi-final.
Women’s 50m breaststroke
World Championship silver medallist Sarah Katsoulis has won her second 50m breaststroke short course crown in a time of 30.68.
Katsoulis, who won the event in 2009, took the gold ahead of Oceanic Championship gold medallist Lorna Tonks (30.90), who touched fourth at the turn but recorded the fastest second lap to claim silver.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Samantha Marshall (31.15) and World Cup Short Course silver medallist Olivia Halicek (31.26) were unable to hold out the fast-finishing Tonks, touching the wall in third and fourth respectively. Hometown hero and dual Olympian Sally Foster finished 7th in 31.42.
Men’s 100m Backstroke
World Championship bronze medallist Bobby Hurley has claimed his third national 100m backstroke short course title and, in doing so, will join Loh, Goh and To as an eligible swimmer for the World Short Course Championships.
Hurley led Ashley Delaney (51.27) by half a body length leading into the final turn before going on to win in 50.98 – precisely the qualifying time.
Delaney, the Australian record holder over the distance, was forced to settle for silver with four-time Oceania Championship gold medallist Ben Edmonds (52.30) taking the bronze. Arena’s Bobby Jovanovich exerted a gallant effort to claim seventh position in 52.59.
Women’s 50 Butterfly
London Olympic gold medallist Brittany Elmslie is the first qualifier through to tomorrow night’s final of the women’s 50m butterfly.
The Queensland sprinter narrowly claimed lane four ahead of 14-year-old Lucia Lassman (26.82) while Jemma Schlicht and Christina Licciardi shared the third fastest time of 26.96. In a display of great form, Denae Okulicz of Arena finished fast in 27.87.
Men’s 50m freestyle
Australian record holder Matthew Abood has booked lane four for tomorrow night’s final of the men’s 50m freestyle.
The 2010 titleholder was the fastest qualifier of the evening in a time of 21.48, ahead of Olympic sprinter Cameron McEvoy (21.77).
Triple Australian Age Champion, McEvoy interrupted an Abood brother double, edging out Andrew Abood (21.88), who was relegated to third fastest for the final. With only one second separating the top 16 finishers, Hamish Rose (22.47) and Patrick Hoey (22.61) held their own in a strong field.
Women’s 100 Backstroke
Junior World Championship gold medallist Grace Loh has overcome defending champion Rachel Goh to win the national 100m backstroke title at the EnergyAustralia Short Course Championships in Perth tonight.
Loh, who won the event in 2008, touched the wall in a time of 57.52 making her eligible for selection for the Australian team for December’s World Short Course Championships in Turkey. Goh and Loh went stroke for stroke throughout the race with no more than 0.5 seconds separating the two over the four laps, with Goh’s final time of 57.92 also within the qualifying mark. Swan Hills golden girl Holly Barratt successfully backed up for her second race of the night to touch in 6th position.
Men’s 100m breaststroke
Olympic silver medallist Christian Sprenger has clinched the Australian title in the men’s 100m breaststroke in a time of 58.70.
While outside the World Short Course qualifying time of 58.37, the win gives Sprenger his second title over the distance, backing up his 2010 crown.
Former Australian Short Course bronze medallist Jeremy Meyer (59.64) went one better this time around in claiming silver while Queenslander Nikolas Pregelj (59.83) took just over 0.3 seconds off his personal best time to take bronze. Rising star Lennerd Bremer had a great last 50 to finish in 1:01.39.
Men’s 100m Butterfly
World Cup Short Course gold medallist Kenneth To has also qualified for the World Short Course Championships after to charging to victory in the men’s 100m butterfly.
The 20-year-old finished 0.54 seconds under the qualifying time and more than a second clear of silver medallist Grant Irvine (51.63), who narrowly touched out New South Welshman Joseph Carty (51.69) for second place. Olympic debutant Christopher Wright finished out of the medals in 51.79. Ryan Steenkamp is the name on everyone’s lips, having finished on the tail of Wright in 52.58.
Women’s 200m IM MC
Last night’s silver medallist Teneale Houghton (2:34.29) has won gold in tonight’s 200m IM multi-class event.
Houghton turned the tables on last night’s winner WA’s Madeleine Scott (2:42.67), who finished second while Hellen Hasseloff (2:51.46) took the bronze medal. Dianne Saunders of Superfins knocked an outstanding 7 seconds off her qualifying time to place fourth.