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Mixed fortunes in Adelaide

May 1, 2013

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World champion and Olympic silver medallist James Magnussen will swim for his third consecutive 100m freestyle crown on Tuesday at the 2013 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

The 22-year-old, who is the second quickest Australian of all time in the blue ribband sprinting event, qualified for the final in lane four last night but will look to take his performance to a new level this evening.

Magnussen’s best time of 47.10 was set in the final at the 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships where he beat home fellow London Olympian James Roberts by half a second.

Roberts, 22, will again feature in the final this evening but Magnussen’s main challenges for a place on the Barcelona world championships team look set to come from 18-year-old Cameron McEvoy and the evergreen Matt Targett.

McEvoy secured an individual swim on his first world championship team earlier in the meet when he won silver in the men’s 200m freestyle, while 27-year-old Targett is in good form after picking up the men’s 50m butterfly on night 2.

London Olympian Daniel Tranter will face stiff competition in defending his men’s 200m Individual Medley national title from rising stars Justin James and Kenneth To.

With two Barcelona places up for grabs, 21-year-old Tranter will look to keep 20-year-olds James and To at bay, with all three swimmers having qualified for the final in sub-two-minute time.

Meanwhile London Olympian Samantha Hamill will need to drop her women’s 200m butterfly semi-final time by three seconds to secure her Spanish berth. Hamill’s competition will come from St Peters Western training partners Madeline Groves and Amy Smith.

London gold medallist Cate Campbell stamped her authority on the women’s 100m freestyle with the world’s best time for the year in her heat swim.

Campbell, 20, stopped the clock in 53.47, an even second clear of 18-year-old Emma McKeon (54.47), who qualified for the semi-finals in second place.

“It’s just great to be racing,” Campbell said. “I’ve been here for six days and I hadn’t even swum in the competition pool.

“I was really relaxed this morning. There wasn’t much pressure and so tonight I’m just going to concentrate on relaxing.”

The semi-finals tonight provide a whole new challenge however with a host of big names looking to keep the 2013 world championship dream alive.

Campbell’s Olympic gold medal winning relay team mates from London, Alicia Coutts (54.50), Brittany Elmslie (54.71) and Melanie Schlanger (54.78) will all be chasing a finals berth, while London relay heat swimmers Emily Seebohm (55.10) and Yolane Kukla (55.02) are also right in contention.

In other events…

Men’s 200m Backstroke
Matson Lawson qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 200m backstroke in first place after a composed swim of 1:58.33 in his heat. The 20-year-old London Olympian qualified ahead of 100m backstroke champion Ashley Delaney (2:00.54) and Olympic finalist Mitch Larkin (2:00.71).

Women’s 200m Breaststroke
Taylor McKeown set the pace in the women’s 200m breaststroke heats, hitting the wall in a time of 2:28.50. The seventh ranked Australian of all time finished third in the 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships and will look for further improvement and a place on the Barcelona team. Melbourne Vicentre’s 16-year-old Jenna Strauch (2:29.73) and dual national champion in the event Sally Foster (2:30.93) are next fastest.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Queensland’s Buster Sykes was the fastest qualifier for the semi-finals of the men’s 200m breaststroke with the 19-year-old Nudgee Brothers swimmer hitting the wall in 2:15.79. He qualified ahead of 18-year-old Lennard Bremer (2:16.00), while 2012 national bronze medallist Nicholas Schafer (2:17.44) was third through.

Women’s 50m Backstroke Multi Class
After winning the silver medal in the 100m backstroke at the London Paralympics, Taylor Corry took first place in the women’s 50m backstroke Multi Class heats this morning stopping the clock in 33.63. With Corry securing lane four she will be tough competition forParalympic team mate Maddison Elliott who touched the wall in second place with a time of 38.83, while Kara Leo finished third with a time of 35.83.

Men’s 50m Backstroke Multi Class
Somerset Queensland swimmer Michael Anderson finished with the fastest time this year for his S10 classification hitting the wall in 31.21. Stopping the clock in second place was Michael Auprince in 31.21 and going through in third place to the final tonight was Sean Russo with 28.90.

Men’s 200m Freestyle Multi Class Time Trial
Paralympic silver medallist Daniel Fox blitzed the men’s 200m freestyle Multi Class time trial in a world record time for his S14 classification in 1:58.42. Ethan Chan stopped the clock in second place with a time of 2:08.17 and Paralympian Mitchell Kilduff hit the wall in 2:10.35.

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