Published: Dec 17, 2012 11:29:10 AM Updated: Mar 19, 2013 09:27:41 AM
A backstroke silver medallist at the London Olympics, Emily Seebohm showed her versatility at the 2012 McDonald’s Queensland State Championships in Brisbane last night, winning the women’s 100m butterfly in style.
The Olympic record holder for the 100m back, 20-year-old Seebohm put in season’s best butterfly swim, just half a second off her personal best, to hit the wall in 59.02 ahead of training partner Brittany Elmslie (1:00.60) and Madeline Groves (1:00.77).
A semi-finalist at the Olympic Games in the men’s 100m butterfly, Christ Wright showed he’s looking forward to another good year in 2013, winning from fellow Olympian Jayden Hadler in 54.17. Hadler finished just a touch behind in 54.60, while Japanese visitor Takaya Yasue came in third in 54.96.
London relay gold medallist Brittany Elmslie started proceedings taking out the women’s 200m freestyle title from Olympic bronze medallist Bronte Barratt in a time of 1:58.34. Barratt was a second behind in 1:59.46, while fellow St Peters Western swimmer Katie Goldman finished third in 2:00.18 ahead of Melanie Schlanger fourth in 2:00.39.
The men’s 200m freestyle saw London Olympian Thomas Fraser-Holmes take gold by almost two seconds in an impressive time of 1:47.27. The two-time individual finalist from London, who trains on the Gold Coast with Denis Cotterell, was too strong for David McKeon (1:49.40) and Ryan Napoleon (1:49.63), with fellow Olympian Cameron McEvoy finishing fourth overall in 1:49.83.
The open women’s 200m breaststroke saw Taylor McKeown take the title in 2:26.80 from Lorna Tonks (2:29.73) and Georgia Bohl (2:32.11). In the corresponding men’s event Nicholas Schafer got the better of long-time rival Buster Sykes to win in 2:15.56, with Sykes taking silver in 2:16.28, and Nikolas Pregelj close behind in 2:16.35.
The men’s 400m IM saw Mitch Larkin finish three seconds ahead of Jared Gilliland in 4:24.49 with Sykes winning bronze. Keryn McMaster won the women’s event in 4:46.19.
Emily Seebohm will be back in action tonight in the final of the women’s 100m backstroke, while the highlight event of the night will be the women’s 100m freestyle final set to feature Seebohm, Schlanger, Elmslie and a host of others.
For full results go to www.qld.swimming.org.au