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Brittany sparkles ahead of Aussie swimming champs

April 23, 2013
 Australian swimmer Brittany Elmslie Matt Roberts / Getty Images

Australian swimmer Brittany Elmslie Matt Roberts / Getty Images

Burgeoning star of the pool Brittany Elmslie has struck a rich vein of form heading into this week’s Australian Swimming Championships and appears poised to book an individual berth at the world championships.

Elmslie, 18, has produced remarkable improvement in her training times heading into the nationals in Adelaide, shaving one second off her 100m freestyle mark and two seconds in the 200m free.

Elmslie said she did not want to get ahead of herself but she was heading into the meet in a buoyant mood.

The Noosa product announced her arrival when she earned three relay medals at the London Olympics, including gold in the 4x100m freestyle.

As soon as she set foot back on Australian soil, the 18-year-old set her sights on graduating to individual events.

Elmslie immediately began eyeing a spot in the 100m and 200m freestyle at this year’s FINA World Championships in Spain.

Should she translate her improved training times to competition and smash her personal bests – of 54.08 in the 100m and 1.57.2 in the 200m – she will find herself in the running for gold at the nationals.

When asked to pinpoint the massive leaps in her development, she said: “Basically just hard work and a bit of maturity that I gained from the Olympics.

“I’m learning how everything works. I’m learning about nutrition and how that ties in with training.

“I’ve started uni and I’m learning how to fit my whole life into my schedule. It’s all about growing up really.”

As well as her pet events, Elmslie has nominated for the 50m butterfly and 50m and 100m butterfly.

Elmslie is a chance to medal in the 100m butterfly but she downplayed her prospects.

She finished fourth at last year’s national championships but with Jessicah Schipper and Libby Trickett – who finished second and third respectively – missing, she is a chance of jumping into the top two.

The field has been strengthened by the inclusion of former world silver medallist and Olympian Ellen Gandy, who has defected from England to Australia following the London Games.

Elmslie said she saw the 100 fly, one of the first events at the nationals, as a warm-up event.

“I don’t really count it as one of my main events and even I was surprised at how I went last year,” she said.

“I went in ranked 17th and came fourth. I pulled up nowhere near where I expected to be. It really set up my meet and gave me confidence to get to the Olympics.”

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