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Aussie swimmers aim to double Spanish armada

April 28, 2013
Emily Seebohm

Emily Seebohm

A further eight swimmers will have the chance to qualify for Barcelona this evening on an action packed night of finals racing at the 2013 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

With eight Australian swimmers already qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships, four finals will take centre stage tonight, with the men’s 200m freestyle likely to draw much of the attention.

London Olympian Cameron McEvoy set a new personal best time in the semi-finals to qualify in lane 4, but the 18-year-old will face a number of challenges, including defending champion and London Olympian Thomas Fraser-Holmes.

The 100m men’s backstroke final features a range of contenders for the two spots available in Spain, with former national champions Ashley Delaney, Hayden Stoeckel and Ben Treffers set to face stiff opposition from Bobby Hurley and Daniel Arnamnart.

Four-time Olympic medallist Emily Seebohm will target her sixth straight women’s 100m backstroke Australian title, while Gold Coast’s 21-year-old Leiston Pickett will aim for back-to-back titles in the women’s 100m breaststroke.

In this morning’s heats action all of the favourites in the women’s 200m freestyle comfortably progressed to the semi-finals.

2010 Youth Olympic Games gold medallist Emma McKeon ensured her brother David was not taking the entire family spotlight this week, with the 18-year-old qualifying fastest for the semi-finals in a time of 1:58.87.

Kylie Palmer (1:59.14) and Bronte Barratt (1:59.84) qualified second and fifth respectively and will look to continue their dominance of the event that has seen the 2008 Beijing relay gold medallists win four of the six last national titles.

Barratt, who won bronze in the event in London last year, will be searching for her fourth Australian crown, while current Australian record holder Palmer will be targeting her second 200m national triumph.

In other events…

Men’s 200m Butterfly
London Olympian and 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships silver medallist Christopher Wright comfortably progressed to the semi-finals of the men’s 200m butterfly, stopping the clock in 1:59.74. Wright qualified second behind 20-year-old Keiran Qaium (1:59.50), with Queensland’s Grant Irvine third fastest in 2:00.04.

Men’s 800m Freestyle
2012 London Olympian Jarrod Poort cruised through to the final of the men’s 800m freestyle. The 18-year-old Wests Illawarra swimmer set a time of 8:08.06 and will use the final as build up towards the 1500m freestyle later this week. Poort has already secured his place on the world championships team in the open water 5km race after winning the national title in a sprint finish in February.

Men’s 50m Breaststroke
Christian Sprenger and Brenton Rickard continued their duel in the men’s 50m breaststroke with Sprenger setting the quickest time in the heats this morning. 27-year-old Sprenger, who added a third 100m national title to his collection last night, recorded a time of 27.99 with Rickard (28.35) third through to the next stage of competition behind South Australian 21-year-old Joshua Palmer (28.25).

Men’s 50m Butterfly Multi Class
After being crowned the 50m freestyle Multi Class champion last night, Daniel Fox was on fire this morning clocking 27.23 to secure his place in the men’s 50m butterfly final tonight. Matthew Cowdrey finished strongly with a time of 27.84, which put him in second place and 17-year-old Mitchell Kilduff finished in third, recording a time of 27.81.

Women’s 50m Butterfly Multi Class
There was strong competition in the women’s 50m butterfly as Madeleine Scott took the number one spot with a time of 32.09, making her the swimmer to beat in the final tonight. Nelson Bay swimmer Taylor Corry finished in second place touching the wall in 31.71, with Amanda Fowler in third, swimming a steady 31.88.

Men’s 400m Freestyle Multi Class
After claiming the gold medal at the London Paralympics for the men’s 400m freestyle Multi Class Brenden Hall is the one to watch in tonight’s final, going through as favourite from the heats after touching the wall in 4:18.20. His competition tonight will be Rowan Crothers who came in with a time of 4:23.62 and Ethan Chan who stopped the clock in 4:37.30.

2013 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships (Apr 26 to May 3) – For Full Results go to swimming.org.au

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