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Crockart claims Commonwealth record

August 22, 2013
Laura Crockart (ausswim)

Laura Crockart (ausswim)

Laura Crockart has successfully defended her 1500m freestyle title on the opening night of the 2013 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships and at the same time broken a Commonwealth record.

The 18-year-old from Sydney, hit the wall in a time of 15:45.89 taking close to six seconds off the previous Commonwealth record set by Rebecca Crooke of Great Britain in 2009.

The swim was a further 12 seconds quicker than the previous best by an Australian, bettering the old Aussie mark of 15:58.61, set by Stacey Gartrell in 1992.

Fresh from a gold medal in the same event over at the US Open in California earlier this month, Crockart said dropping a massive 22 seconds off her PB long course, gave her plenty of confidence for tonight.

“It’s really exciting. I knew what the record was and I kind of really wasn’t going for it, but it was a really good swim and I’m just really stoked,” said Crockart.

“I thought I would go under 16 minutes today but not by that much. To go 15:45 is pretty awesome and my 800m tomorrow is looking good now, and hopefully only good things to come from here.”

Crockart led for the majority of the race to finish in front of world championship team member Chelsea Gubecka (15:54.69) and Sacha Downing (16.11.88), who finished second and third respectively.

Gubecka, fresh from representing Australia in Barcelona in the 10km open water swim and 1500m freestyle, continued her strong form with her personal best time of 15:54.69 also under the previous Australian record time of 15:58.61.

In the other event of the evening, Mitchell Davenport-Wright won the 800m freestyle final in a time of 8:02.82. The Victorian who finished thirdin the same event in 2012, held off Jacob Hansford (8:03.31) and Dylan Warren (8:05.41).

The Australian Short Course Swimming Championships will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from 23 – 25 August.



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