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Sister act on show in Adelaide tonight

May 1, 2013
Cate and Bronte Campbell (abc.net.au)

Cate and Bronte Campbell (abc.net.au)

Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell will headline a star-studded women’s 100m freestyle final tonight at the 2013 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

London relay gold medallist Cate was electric in her semi-final on Tuesday evening, with her time of 52.83 easily the quickest in the world in 2013 and a time that would have seen her win gold in London last year, if the 20-year-old had not been struck down by pancreatitis and missed the event.

Cate, who will swim from lane four in the final, will be flanked by younger sister Bronte (53.72) and the rapidly improving Emma McKeon (54.23), with both 18-year-olds eager to lock in individual swims in the premier sprint event.

There will be a host of challenges from across all lanes in the final however, as Olympic gold medallists Brittany Elmslie (54.25), Melanie Schlanger (54.32), Alicia Coutts (54.34), Bronte Barratt (54.56) and Emily Seebohm (54.98) all challenge for spots on the relay team.

“I’ve really put in a lot of hard work with Simon (Cusack) and I credit my improvement to him,” Cate Campbell said. “He kept me in the sport when I was in a dark place and it just goes to show what an incredible coach and incredible person he is.

“I think I’m most happy about Bronte’s PB. Who knows, the Campbell’s could do it in the 100m… you never know!”

Night six of competition also offers the chance for a new generation of breaststrokers to qualify for the world championships.

Seventeen-year-old age group champion Taylor McKeown (2:27.23) and 16-year-old Jenna Strauch (2:28.79) are ranked first and third heading into the final this evening, but will be wary of the challenge posed by dual Olympian and newly crowned 100m champion Sally Foster (2:27.94).

Junior Pan Pacific Championship representative Lennard Bremer swims from lane four in the final of the men’s 200m breaststroke, with Jeremy Meyer and Nicholas Schafer his main opponents as all three chase their first national titles and a place on the world championship team.

London Olympians Matson Lawson and Mitch Larkin will have to ward off the opposition of a rejuvenated Ashley Delaney, who will be targeting his ninth backstroke national title and third over 200 metres.

In this morning’s heats action defending national champion James Magnussen recorded the quickest time in the men’s 50m freestyle.

The Olympic silver medallist, fresh off his third straight national crown in the men’s 100m freestyle, touched in 22.29 ahead of 22-year-old Andrew Abood (22.33) and dual Olympic medallist Matt Targett (22.46).

In other events…

Women’s 50m Butterfly
Versatile five-time Olympic medallist Alicia Coutts was back in the pool and the quickest qualifier in the heats of the women’s 50m butterfly. Coutts, who has won two gold medals and a silver already this week already, recorded a time of 26.47 to qualify for the semi-finals ahead of triple national champion in the event Marieke D’Cruz (26.67) and West Australian 17-year-old Brianna Throssell (26.68).

Men’s 100m Butterfly
Defending title holder Chris Wright was the fastest qualifier for the semi-finals of the men’s 100m butterfly. The London Olympian hit the wall in 52.59, almost a second clear of 26-year-old Mitchell Patterson (53.41), while London medley relay heat swimmer Tommaso D’Orsogna was third through in 53.42.

Women’s 200m Backstroke
Australian record holder Belinda Hocking cruised through to the semi-finals of the women’s 200m backstroke. The 2011 world championship silver medallist, who is aiming for a fifth consecutive national title in the event, recorded a time of 2:10.60 to qualify ahead of 2008 national champion Meagan Nay (2:10.96) and 19-year-old Cranbrook swimmer Jordan White (2:11.94).

Women’s 800m Freestyle
Two-time national champion Katie Goldman set the pace in the heats of the women’s 800m freestyle, securing lane four for the final tomorrow evening in a time of 8:33.03. With defending title holder Kylie Palmer focusing on the shorter events, the race is on for places on the Barcelona world championships team, with 19-year-old Jessica Ashwood (8:34.16) and fellow NSW distance swimmer Laura Crockhart (8:38.92) swimming either side of Goldman in the final.

Women’s 100m Freestyle Multi Class
Taylor Corry didn’t show any signs of tiredness this morning in the 100m freestyle Multi Class heats after winning the gold medal in last night’s 50m backstroke Multi Class final. Corry will go through to the final tonight in lane four after clocking a 1:02.33, with Kayla Clark looking to fight for the gold medal after she touched the wall in 1:04.34. Seventeen-year-old Paralympic gold medallist Katherine Downie was third to qualify for the final tonight, securing a time of 1:04.17.

Men’s 100m Freestyle Multi Class
After winning the 50m freestyle Multi Class final on Saturday night, Daniel Fox showed distance was no challenge after securing the top spot in the men’s 100m freestyle Multi Class final. Fox swam an impressive time of 54.22, the fastest time in the world this year for his S14 classification. In second place was Paralympic silver medallist Matthew Levy who stopped the clock in 1:01.62, while 15-year-old Age Championship multi medallist Rowan Crothers came through in third place, touching the wall in 57.22.

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