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Bowles sets sights on five from five

April 12, 2013

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Rocky City swimmer Alanna Bowles will be looking for her fifth title from the meet so far, as she fights for first on night five at the 2013 Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Australian Age Championships.

South Australian local Stefanie Scherwitzel (2:03.56) could spoil Bowles perfect score with the help of the home crowd to cheer her on. Scherwitzel , who qualified ahead of Bowles, will be looking to maintain her top spot and hold off both Bowles and third ranked Victorian sprinter Jemma Schlicht (2:04.27) tonight.

Boy’s 15 years 200m Freestyle

With a silver and bronze medal from the meet so far, Mitchell Davenport-Wright could complete his collection tonight in the boy’s 15 years 200m freestyle final. Davenport-Wright clocked the fastest time from the heats with a 1:55.83 to get the better of South African visitor Kyle Van Niekerk in 1:56.15 and Damian Fyfe in 1:56.53.

Girl’s 17/18 years 200m Backstroke

Dual backstroke champion from 2012 Hayley Baker (2:16.91) will be looking to defend her double when she takes on the final of the girl’s 17/18 years 200m backstroke tonight. With a gold medal from the 100 earlier in the meet, Baker is one race away from another backstroke clean sweep. The silver medallist from 2012 Tianni Gilmour (2:17.23) will go through in second with Samantha Wilkins third in 2:18.03

Boy’s 17/18 years 200m Backstroke

The boy’s 17/18 years 200m backstroke final could be a close call with Victorian’s Mitchell Pratt and Jack Gerrard sitting in equal first, both recording a 2:04.74 in their respective heats. Sitting just a touch behind them and moving into the final ranked third is Queenslander Robert Gerlach in a time of 2:04.97.

Girl’s 12/13 years 400m Freestyle

Kawana Waters swimmer Ellen Masters was too strong in the girl’s 12/13 years 400m freestyle, finishing nearly four seconds in front of the field in a time of 4:30.90. TSS Aquatic swimmer Laura Taylor was the next best in 4:34.59 with Sarah Johnson just behind, progressing in 4:34.77.

Boy’s 12/13 years 400m Freestyle

Queenslander Jordan Lello was the clear standout in the boy’s 12/13 years 400m freestyle heats, stopping the clock in 4:15.70 to take top spot. Lello could be well on his way to his first Australian Age title with the next fastest qualifier Rhys Jones sitting second in 4:19.52 and Jack Brazier third in 4:20.20.

Girl’s 14 years 100m Backstroke

Speedy Shayna Jack (1:04.29) will progress in top spot for the girl’s 14 years 100m backstroke and fight to defend her 2012 title in the final tonight. Jack will need to keep a close eye on the 200m backstroke champion Monique Rae (1:04.35) who will have a strong final 50 and Nunawading swimmer Hayley Hogan (1:05.18).

Boy’s 14 years 100m Backstroke

The boy’s 14 years 100m backstroke saw two swimmers, James Hanson (59.58) and Benno Negri (59.61), slip under the one minute mark to take the top spots into the final. Jacob Sansom (1:00.80) and Leo Wong (1:00.86) will battle for bronze with the two hitting the wall just 0.06 of a second apart in their respective heats.

Girl’s 16 years 100m Butterfly

The top seven swimmers in the girl’s 16 years 100m butterfly will go through to the final with just over a second separating them from the 2013 title. Silver medallist from 2012 Meg Bailey (1:02.87) will swim from lane four and be looking to move up to top spot on the podium but second and third fastest qualifiers Jessica Hobbin (1:03.11) and Emily Washer (1:03.13) will be hot on her heels tonight.

Boy’s 16 years 100m Butterfly

The top three qualifiers from this event in 2012 will move through to the final of the boy’s 16 years 100m butterfly as the favourites for the second year in a row. Defending Champion Edward Marks managed to hang on to his top spot in the heats in a time of 56.78, with last year’s bronze medallist Andrew Walker (56.96) moving into second and Cameron Jones (57.02) third.

Girl’s 12/13 years 50m Freestyle

The final of the girl’s 12/13 years 50m freestyle will be a close call with fastest qualifier Julia Hawkins hitting the wall in 26.92 just ahead of Elli Mackay in 26.96. Silver medallist from the 100m freestyle Chloe Ireland will also progress in 27.08.

Boy’s 12/13 years 50m Freestyle

Triple Australian age champion from the meet so far, Miami swimmer Andrew Ryan (25.09) could potentially pick up a fourth title if he can hold onto top spot in the final of the boy’s 12/13 years 50m freestyle tonight. Nicholas Keune (25.62) silver medallist behind Ryan in the 100m free is sitting in second and will be looking to get one back on Ryan and move up to the top of the podium tonight. Brisbane Grammar’s Mark Adi rounds out the top three in a time of 25.91.

Girl’s 14 years 400m Individual Medley

The final of the girl’s 14 years 400m individual medley will see Tamsin Cook (5:05.27) and Abbey Harkin (5:05.80) racing for a place at the top of the podium after qualifying fastest from the heats. Jessica Adams from DVE Aquatic was third in 5:08.43.

Boy’s 14 years 400m Individual Medley

Springwood swimmer Matthew Wilson was too strong in the heats of the boy’s 14 years 400m individual medley, posting 4:39.64 to qualify fastest by almost six seconds. Alan Gibson and Kit DeJonge were the next through to the final in 4:45.04 and 4:51.29, respectively.

Girl’s 15 years 200m Breaststroke

St Peters Western swimmer Georgia Bohl is on a roll and in search of her second Australian Age title of the meet when she takes on the final of the girl’s 15 years 200m breaststroke. Western Sprint’s Logan Bristow is her closest competitor, securing second spot in 2:42.26 with Emma Young and Hannah Witten dead-heating for third in 2:43.67.

Boy’s 15 years 200m Breaststroke

With a bronze from the 100m breaststroke earlier in the meet, Alex Milligan could be looking to upgrade to gold in the final of the boy’s 15 years 200m breaststroke tonight. Milligan’s time of 2:26.13 was just slightly better than Joshua Zuill’s 2:26.24 and Samuel Williamson’s 2:26.70.

Girl’s 16 year’s 200m Individual Medley

Victorian Stephanie Moore (2:19.84) is looking in fine form to collect her first gold medal of the meet in the final of the girl’s 16 years 200m individual medley.  Visiting Thai swimmer Sari Suwannachet (2:21.16) snuck into second spot in 2:21.16 ahead of Caitlyn Richardson in 2:21.34.

Boy’s 16 years 200m Individual Medley

Hunter swimmer Ryan Leonard (2:08.81) will race from lane four to defend his title in the final of the boy’s 16 years 200m individual medley tonight after clocking the fastest tie from the heats. Just behind in 2:09.02 is Auburn swimmer Joachim Bardrum and threatening to move up into the mix for the title is third placed James Traiforos in 2:09.38.

Girl’s 12/13 years 100m Breaststroke

Queenslander Caitlyn McVanagh will be the one to watch in the final of the girl’s 12/13 years 100m breaststroke tonight after stopping the clock in 1:13.50 in her heat. Victorian Paris Vasta (1:15.07) and Tuggeranong Vikings swimmer Rebecca Cross (1:16.41) will battle for the remaining podium places.

Boy’s 12/13 years 100m Breaststroke

The boy’s 12/13 years 100m breaststroke will see 200m champion Heath Macleod (1:09.92) racing to complete the breaststroke double tonight. Patrick Walsh (1:10.95) and Daniel Ashcroft (1:11.29) will be chasing after finishing second and third respec

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