Published: Mar 16, 2013 05:36:20 PM Updated: Apr 22, 2013 01:43:13 PM
Night two of the NSW State Open Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre will feature a re-match between the silver and bronze medallists from the women’s 100m backstroke at the London Olympic Games.
With a star-studded field, the final will have three finalists from this event in London fighting for first place.
London Olympic bronze medallist in this event, 28-year-old Aya Terakawa (1:00.74) from Japan, recorded the fastest time of the morning with fellow Olympic finalist Belinda Hocking (1:00.97) ranked second and Olympic silver medallist in this event Emily Seebohm (1:01.54) third.
With a total of three finals on her schedule tonight, Alicia Coutts will also be in the mix for a medal after clocking the fourth fastest time, just behind Seebohm in 1:01.84.
The men’s 200m freestyle final will be another one to watch with six Olympians vying for the title following a strong set of heat swims this morning.
London Olympic finalist from this event Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:49.37) will take the top spot, just getting the better of his Olympic 4x200m relay teammate David McKeon (1:49.65) with Jarrod Killey rounding out the top three (1:49.81)
With less than a second separating the top six qualifiers, the race is anyone’s for the taking.
In other events…
Women’s 400m Freestyle:
Dual Olympians Bronte Barratt (4:11.89) and Kylie Palmer (4:12.52) have set the top two times in the heats of the women’s 400m freestyle ahead of the final tonight. Barratt, the 2012 NSW title holder and Palmer, the current Australian record holder in this event will both be looking to take the top spots again tonight but they will have to keep an eye on third ranked Remy Fairweather (4:12.95) who will be hot on their heels.
Men’s 50m Butterfly:
Lane cover swimmer Andrew Smith has sprinted ahead of Olympian Jayden Hadler to take lane four for the men’s 50m butterfly final tonight. Smith hit the wall in 24.25, too quick for Hadler in 24.32 and Sydney University swimmer Sam McConnell who will go through ranked third in 24.38. Backstroker Ben Treffers is sitting at fourth and could sneak his way onto the podium if he can better his 24.42 from this morning heats.
Women’s 100m Butterfly:
Following her impressive performance last night, Alicia Coutts (58.56) will be keen to add a third NSW title to her name in the women’s 100m butterfly. The bronze medallist from this event in London has qualified fastest for the final ahead of eighth place getter from London Ellen Gandy (58.84) who recently made the switch from British to Australian swimming and Arena swimmer Yolane Kukla in 59.58.
Men’s 100m Multi Class Butterfly:
Twenty-two year old Aaron Rhind took out the title in the men’s 100m Multi Class butterfly, stopping the clock at 1:14.82.
Paralympian Mitchell Kilduff picked up the silver in 1:05.49 with Matthew Levy third in 1:15.56.
Women’s 100m Multi Class Butterfly:
Sydney University swimmer Sarah Rose has won the women’s 100m Multi Class butterfly, picking up the gold medal in a time of 1:32.40. Paralympians Amanda Fowler (1:13.35) and Teigan Van Roosmalen (1:11.43) made their way on to the podium taking silver and bronze respectively.
Men’s 200m Backstroke:
Japan stole the show in the heats of the men’s 200m backstroke with Ryosuke Irie (1:58.76) and Kosuke Hagino (2:00.14) going through in first and second ahead of the final tonight. London Olympian Matson Lawson (2:00.52) finished a close third with Beijing Olympian Ashley Delaney (2:01.63) progressing in fourth spot.
Men’s 100m Breaststroke:
The Japanese have taken the top two spots through to the final of the men’s 100m breaststroke with the silver medallist from the 50m breaststroke Akihiro Yamaguchi (1:02.03) taking lane four and breaststroke legend Kosuke Kitajima (1:02.59) in lane five tonight. Traralgon swimmer Jeremy Meyer was the best ranked Australian in third with a time of 1:03.41.
Women’s 200m Breaststroke:
London Olympic finalist in this event, Sally Foster will be looking to take the breaststroke double tonight as she moves through as fastest qualifier for the women’s 200m breaststroke final. Following her win in the 100m final last night, Foster is looking in fine form ahead of the EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships next month.
Japanese swimmers Miku Kanasashi (2:31.97) and Reona Aoki (2:34.16) will progress in second and third respectively.
Men’s 400m Multi Class Freestyle:
Eighteen-year-old Regan Wickens swam to victory in the men’s Multi Class 400m freestyle, hitting the wall in 5:28.64 to take the gold. Oliver Cox collected the silver in 4:51.20 and 37-year-old Troy Puttergill (5:05.89) picked up the bronze.
Women’s 400m Multi Class Freestyle:
Paralympian Jacqueline Freney (5:00.67) was back on top of the podium with a win in the women’s Multi Class 400m freestyle. Fellow Paralympians Taylor Corry (4:49.45) and Amanda Fowler (4:55.06) were second and third respectively.
Women’s 50m Freestyle:
Five-time Olympic medallist Alicia Coutts will add the 50m freestyle final to her program tonight after setting the standard in the heats this morning. The 25-year-old sprinted to the wall in 25.68 to edge out Wests Illawarra swimmer Emma McKeon in 25.70 and Cherrybrook Carlile swimmer Ellen O’Rourke in 25.80.
Men’s 200m Individual Medley:
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino is proving a force to be reckoned with across a number of events, following his win in the 400m freestyle last night, Hagino will aim to add two more titles to his collection as he takes on the men’s 100m breaststroke and the men’s 200m individual medley.
The 18-year-old swimmer stopped the clock at 2:00.38 in the heats of the men’s 200m IM, just ahead of Olympian Daniel Tranter in 2:00.80 and FINA World Cup Champion Kenneth To in 2:01.02.
Finals begin at 6:00pm tonight with live results available at http://www.nswswimming.com.au/