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Coutts takes two from three at NSW Championships

March 15, 2013
Alicia Coutts

Alicia Coutts

Backing up for her third swim of the night at the 2013 NSW State Championships, AIS swimmer Alicia Coutts finished on top of the podium for the second time in less than an hour, in the final of the women’s 100m freestyle.

With barely enough time to take a breather between events, Coutts managed to keep calm and in control of her hectic schedule finishing the night with a win in both the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle as well as a bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

In the 100m free, the five-time Olympic medallist from London hit the wall in 54.73 just over half a second off the Australian qualifying time (54.26) for this year’s FINA World Championships, proving she has the skills and the fitness to back-up and post impressive times.

Finishing in second place, also a sub 55-second swim was 16-year-old Ami Matsuo who hit the wall in 54.95 ahead of Wests Illawarra swimmer Emma McKeon and London Olympian Yolane Kukla who finished equal third in 55.11.

In final of the men’s 100m freestyle James Magnussen managed to defend his 2012 title and secure the win in a time of 48.61, edging him ever closer to the 48.46 required for World Championship qualification.

The 21-year-old was too strong for his  London Olympic teammate Cameron McEvoy (49.31) who posted a fast final 50m to pick up the silver, ahead of second fastest qualifier from the morning Kenneth To (49.44) in third.

Regular rivals Meagen Nay and Belinda Hocking battled for bragging rights in the women’s 200m backstroke, leaving the rest of the field behind to finish first and second respectively.

A finalist from London in this event, Nay’s 2:08.41 eclipsed the 2:08.79 qualifying standard for Barcelona, putting her in fine form ahead of next month’s EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships in Adelaide

A silver medallist at the 2011 World Championships, Hocking’s time of 2:08.55 also snuck under the qualifying time ahead of Melbourne Vicentre swimmer Hayley Baker who took third in 2:12.45.

In other events…

Men’s 400m Freestyle:

Following a strong performance at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in January, London Olympian David McKeon has set another solid time for the men’s 400m freestyle hitting the wall in 3:47.14 – just shy of the 3:46.88 qualifying time required to make the team for this year’s FINA World Championships.

Leading for the majority of the race, McKeon was just out-touched for the title by a fast finishing Kosuke Hagino (3:46.89). Seventeen-year-old Jordan Harrison (3:48.43) got the better of training partner Thomas Fraser-Holmes (3:48.56) to round out the top three.

Women’s 50m Butterfly:

With three finals within two hours, Alicia Coutts began her evening with a win in the women’s 50m butterfly final in an impressive time of 26.36. Coutts’ London Olympic relay teammate Brittany Elmslie was relegated to second in 26.72 with Japan’s Yuka Kato third in a time of 26.81.

Men’s 200m Butterfly:

The Japanese swimmers continued their assault on the podium with Takeshi Matsuda (1:56.68) and Yuta Kimura (1:58.47) taking first and third respectively in the final of the men’s 200m butterfly. Splitting the two and taking second place was Victorian Tiger Sharks swimmer Mitchel Pratt in a time of 1:58.47.

Men’s 50m Breaststroke:

Nunawading swimmer Max Ireland (28.32) sprinted to victory in the men’s 50m breaststroke, relegating Japanese swimmers Akihiro Yamaguchi (28.45) to second and former Olympic breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima (28.50) to third.

Women’s 400m Individual Medley:

Dual Olympian Samantha Hamill (4:44.31) cruised to victory in the women’s 400m IM, stopping the clock over three seconds ahead of her nearest rival, 19-year-old Keryn McMaster (4:47.60).  Japan’s Namiki Ueda was third in 4:48.18.

Women’s 100m Breaststroke:

The switch to Adelaide seems to have suited dual Olympian Sally Foster with the 27-year-old taking the 100m breaststroke title in a time of 1:08.16. Foster was followed closely by World Short Course representative and up-and-comer Samantha Marshall in 1:08.82, and swimming in her second final for the night, Alicia Coutts took third in 1:09.08.

Men’s Multi Class 50m Freestyle:

Seventeen-year-old Paralympian Mitchell Kilduff (25.82) has taken out the men’s Multi Class 50m freestyle final ahead of his older rivals, 26-year-old Matthew Levy (28.94) in second and 29-year-old Patrick Donachie (27.25) third.

Women’s Multi Class 50m Freestyle:

Paralympic medallist Taylor Corry has overcome her London teammates Jacqui Freney and Maddison Elliott to steal the win in the women’s Multi Class 50m freestyle final. Corry’s time of 28.91 was quick enough to secure her the win ahead of Freney’s 32.40 and Elliott’s 31.69.

Men’s 50m Backstroke:

London Olympian Daniel Arnamnart (25.17) was too quick for Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (25.42) in the final of the men’s 50m backstroke stealing the win in 25.17. AIS based swimmer Benjamin Treffers finished a touch behind in third with his time of 25.47.

Women’s 800m Freestyle:

St Peters Western swimmer Katie Goldman (8:31.30) has proven she is back in form with a narrow win in the women’s 800m freestyle ahead of London Olympian Jessica Ashwood (8:32.60). Ryde-Carlile swimmer Laura Crockart took third in 8:33.42.


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