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Kukla and Licciardi to fight for first in fly final

April 11, 2013
Yolane Kukla

Yolane Kukla

London Olympian Yolane Kukla will be looking to slip under the minute mark and steal the girl’s 17/18 years 100m butterfly title from equal fastest qualifier Christina Licciardi as the duo fight for first on night three of finals at the Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Australian Age Championships.

Kukla, a gold medallist from the meet so far, and Licciardi, a bronze medallist from this event last year, both took out their respective heats in a time of 1:00.14 to share the top ranking for tonight’s showdown. University of New South Wales swimmer Samantha Abbott hit the wall in 1:01.97 to round out the top three.

In the corresponding boy’s event, Victorian Alexander Graham is in fine form and could pick up his third gold medal of the meet from three different strokes. After taking out the title in the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle earlier in the meet and this morning qualifying fastest through to the final of the boy’s 17/18 years 100m butterfly, Graham’s time of 53.81 was enough to relegate fellow Victorian Mitchell Pratt (54.77) to second spot and New South Wales swimmer Nick Robertson (55.17) to third.

The finals will begin at 6:00pm (Adelaide time) at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre with results and information available at

In other events…

Girl’s 16 years 200m Freestyle

After playing second fiddle to Ami Matsuo in both the 50 and 100m freestyle finals, Chelsea Gillett will be looking to spoil Matsuo’s trifecta in the girl’s 16 years 200m freestyle tonight. Gillett posted the fastest times from the heat, stopping the clock in 2:01.95 to Matsuo’s 2:03.25. Natalie Vercher’s time of 2:04.76 saw her progress in third spot.

Boy’s 16 years 200m Freestyle

Melbourne’s Mack Horton (1:53.64) continued his attack on the freestyle events as he cruised to victory in the heats of the boy’s 16 years 200m freestyle. Horton’s smooth stroke made the sprint look effortless with the teenager stopping the clock nearly two seconds in front of his closet rival.

Hayden Hinds-Sydenham and Bryton Heiniger will have a much closer battle on their hands after finishing in 1:55.07 and 1:55.40 respectively, to take the next two spots.

Girl’ 14 years 50m Freestyle

Chandler swimmer Shayna Jack is proving a force to be reckoned with the in girl’s 14 years freestyle sprints, with a win in the 100 last night, Jack leads the rankings and will dive from lane four in the final of the 50m freestyle tonight after posting a 25.57 in the heats. Ella Cossill and Elly-Rose Martin were the next best ranked swimmers coming in at 26.60 and 26.93 respectively.

Boy’s 14 years 50m Freestyle

Following a convincing win and new Australian Age record in the boy’s 100m freestyle last night, local boy Kyle Chalmers won’t have it so easy in the final of the boy’s 14 years 50m freestyle tonight. Chalmers and MLC Aquatic swimmer Benno Negri dead-heated for top spot in the heats, clocking a 24.27, just ahead of Caiden Gill in 24.57. The title looks like it will be won in the touch with less than one second separating the top seven finalists.

Girl’s 15 years 100m Backstroke

Gold medallist from the 200m backstroke Sian Whittaker will tonight be eyeing off her second title, this time in the girl’s 15 years 100m backstroke. Stopping the clock in 1:03.00 on the dot, Whittaker was too quick for Lucy McJannett (1:04.27) and sprint specialist Jemma Schlicht (1:04.67) who are sitting in second third after the heats.

Boy’s 15 years 100m Backstroke

Damian Fyfe (58.97) finished the heats in second spot ahead of Tristan Ludlow (59.02) in third.Six-time Australian Age Champion from 2012 Nicholas Groenewald was back to the top, this time in the boy’s 15 years 100m backstroke. The versatile Victorian went well under the minute mark stopping the clock in 57.38 to take lane four tonight. Never one to back down from a ch

Girl’s 12/13 years 100m Butterfly

New South Wales swimmers Hailey Blatchford (2:23.40) and Ebony Norris (2:23.84) will battle for bragging rights in the final of the girl’s 12/13 years 200m butterfly final tonight after taking the top two spots from this morning’s heats. Laura Taylor will also progress,  finishing two seconds back in 2:25.91.

Boy’s 12/13 years 100m Butterfly

The boy’s 12/13 years will see a tight tussle for the title as top qualifiers Jesse Goodyear (2:16.81), Jordan Lello (2:17.51), Satori Dobbie (2:17.67) and Joshua Kennedy (2:17.73) all fight for first place after recording solid times from this morning’s heats.

Girl’s 17/18 years 200m Individual Medley

After blitzing the field in the 200m breaststroke last night, Queenslander Taylor McKeown (2:17.88) is riding a wave of success and won’t want to get off before taking out the girl’s 17/18 years 200m individual medley final tonight. Going in to the final as the one to beat, McKeown will need to keep an eye out for a fast finishing Kotuku Ngawati who is sitting just behind in 2:18.13 and backstroker Hayley Baker third in 2:18.96.

Boy’s 17/18 years 200m Individual Medley                   

There is little separating the top two ranked swimmers in the boy’s 17/18 years 200m individual medley with Trinity Grammar swimmer Tomas Elliott and New Zealander Bradlee Ashby both taking stopping the clock at 2:06.41 and 2:06.67 respectively. Atlantis swimmer Liam Cunneen will also be in the mix after posting a 2:07.17 this morning to take third spot.

Girl’s 14 years 400m Freestyle

Silver medallist from the 800m freestyle Grace Hull (4:24.34) doesn’t look like she will settle for second spot again after cruising through to the finals in the girl’s 400m freestyle, almost three seconds ahead of 200m butterfly age champion Tamsin Cook (4:27.11).Olivia Adams will no doubt be looking to challenge Hull and Cook after recording a 4:27.36 to sit just behind the duo after the heats.

Boy’s 14 years 400m Freestyle

Breakers swimmer Brody McGowan clocked a 4:11.80 in the heats of the boy’s 14 years 400m freestyle, relegating the 1500m freestyle age champion Jacob Vincent (4:12.95) to second and bronze medallist from the 1500m freestyle Elliott Mitchell (4:13.19) to third.

Girl’s 16 years 200m Breaststroke

Victorian swimmer Jenna Strauch is on track to take her second breaststroke gold for the meet with a five second lead going into the final of the girl’s 16 years 200m breaststroke. Strauch hit the wall in 2:30.11, too fast for her fellow competitors Emma Harris (2:35.88) and Emily Crawshaw (2:39.39) who are sitting in second and third after the heats.

Boy’s 16 years 200m Breaststroke

After snatching the 100m backstroke title in the final lap last night, Trinity Grammar swimmer James Traiforos has finished ahead of the field in the heats of the boy’s 16 years 200m breaststroke clocking a 2:24.25 to advance in top spot. TSS Aquatic swimmers Lachlan Colqhuon (2:26.29) and Grayson Bell (2:26.31) will be chasing him down tonight.

Girl’s 15 years 400m Individual Medley

Rocky City swimmer Alanna Bowles is looking in good shape to take a fourth Australian Age title tonight as she takes on the girl’s 15 years 400m individual medley. Bowles has a seed time seven seconds faster than the 4:55.98 she posted this morning and will be expected to get close to that again tonight. Backstroker Sian Whittaker was second in 4:59.84 with Micaela Habib rounding out the top three in 5:01.56.

Boy’s 15 years 400m Individual Medley

The boy’s 15 years 400m individual medley final has a number of swimmers in the mix for a medal with Callum Sherington (4:36.30), Joel Pearson (4:36.72) and Wilrich Coetzee (4:36.89) all posting competitive times from the heats.

Girl’s 12/13 years 100m Freestyle

Sydney Olympic Park youngster Chloe Yoo has sprinted her way to the top of the rankings for the girl’s 12/13 years 100m freestyle final, after clocking a 58.30 in the heats this morning. But another Chloe, Chloe Ireland could grab the gold, securing a spot just behind Yoo in 58.73. Fellow SOPAC swimmer Emily Racki (58.89) will go through in third.

Boy’s 12/13 years 100m Freestyle

Miami swimmer Andrew Ryan was streets ahead in the heats of the boy’s 12/13 years 100m freestyle; recording a time of 53.82 the 13-year-old was too good for Rory Scott and Dylan Harper who came in second and third with a 56.18 and a 56.63 respectively.

Girl’s 14 years 100m Breaststroke

Bronze medallist from the 200m individual medley Ella Bond (1:13.31) has set the standard in the girl’s 14 years 100m breaststroke heats and will be looking to step up to the top of the podium following the final tonight. Kiera Bates won’t let Bond take the title too easily, the Waterlions swimmer will go through second in 1:13.97 and will need to hold off  a fast finishing Calypso Sheridan who was third in 1:14.42.

Boy’s 14 years 100m Breaststroke

Defending champion Zac Stubblety-Cook looks set to successfully take the title for a second year running after clocking a 1:07.52 from this morning’s heats. Looking to spoil his reign on top will be Springwood swimmer Matthew Wilson (1:08.18) and Acacia Bayside’s Andrew Cumming (1:08.44).


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