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Swimming Australia qualifying time cruels winner Elmslie

April 28, 2013
Brittany Elmslie (image : zimbio.com)

Brittany Elmslie (image : zimbio.com)

Sunshine Coast product Brittany Elmslie finished second in the 100m butterfly final at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide last night, but could miss the event at the World Championships because of a contentious qualifying standard.

On a night when Mountain Creek swimmer Chelsea Gubecka won the 1500m title, Elmslie agonisingly missed out on booking a berth to Barcelona.

The 18-year-old London Olympics gold medallist touched the wall in 58.02 seconds, behind winner Alicia Coutts (57.18).

Although Elmslie’s time was inside the internationally recognised FINA A-qualifying mark of 58.08, it was 0.05 of a second outside Swimming Australia‘s required time of 57.97.

So Elmslie will need the national swimming body to grant her a special exemption to contest the event.

Glenn Baker, the coach of Sunshine Coast product and Olympic gold medallist Melanie Schlanger, told the Daily on Friday that he supported the tough stance and hoped the organisation would not backflip on it.

However, Kawana Waters coach Peter Gartrell – Olympian Samantha Hamill‘s mentor – said last week the quicker times set by Swimming Australia were “ridiculous” and the national team could be too small as a result.

Elmslie, a member of Australia’s victorious 4x100m freestyle relay team at London, still has four more events on her schedule at the national titles.

Sunshine Coast young gun Chelsea Gubecka starred in the heats of the 1500m freestyle last night to qualify fastest for tonight’s final.

The 14-year-old clocked a time of 16:48.07, ahead of Bonn Macdonald (16:54.09).

The women’s 1500m freestyle is not a world championships event but Gubecka has already booked her spot in Barcelona after sensationally winning the 10km race at the Australian Open Water Swimming Championships in February.

Pelican Waters teenager Tianni Gilmour missed out on the women’s 100m backstroke semi-finals after finishing with the 19th fastest time during the heats (1.04.35).

Fellow Pelican Waters swimmer Isaiah Nelson also missed out on the semis, in the men’s 100m backstroke, after recording the 27th fastest time (57.86). Noosa’s Kerryn Spinks was in the same boat in the 100m breaststroke after recording the 51st fastest time (1:17.13).

Schlanger gets her campaign under way today in the 200m free-style, along with Elmslie and promising Kawana Waters teenager Remy Fairweather.

sunshinecoastdaily

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