Swimming Australia - 24 January 2016
Just three races in following shoulder surgery and a nine month break from competing, former world championJames Magnussen will leave the Victorian Open Championships with both the 50 and 100m freestyle titles to his name. The 24-year-old posted impressive early season times and will be able to take confidence from his form this weekend.
In the 50m freestyle tonight at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Magnussen out-touched his American training partner William Copeland (22.57) to grab gold in 22.51 with Daniel Hunter (22.66) rounding out the top three.
Magnussen had a positive outlook on the year ahead but downplayed his results over the weekend saying his international rivals wouldn’t be too worried just yet.
“They probably wouldn’t be too worried with those times just yet,” Magnussen joked.
“I’m hoping to get a swim in Perth and get more racing experience before the lead into trials. I was just 21-years-old at the London Olympics and in Rio I’ll be 25 and probably at the peak of my career. So I am trying to do everything to get back to my best.”
In the men’s backstroke, no one could get close to Mitch Larkin who took the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke trifecta with his win in the 100m final tonight.
Larkin, who also won the 200m individual medley this weekend, was half a body length ahead as he touched the wall in a time of 52.85, fast enough to set a new Victorian all-comers record, lowering Aaron Peirsol’s 52.98 from the world championships in 2007.
The 22-year-old was surprised with his time and said he was aiming for around 53-mid.
“I had to ask Bohly (Coach, Michael Bohl), is it okay that I keep swimming this fast in season?” Larkin said.
“A 52 point in season time is really good for me, sort of right on the money and I’m surprised, but good surprised.”
The silver medal went to Joshua Beaver from Nunawading in 54.02 with Ben Treffers third in 54.60
Rising star Georgia Bohl continued her run of success in the women’s breaststroke events, picking up the win in the 50m final ahead of World Champion in this event Jennie Johansson and Australian Dolphin, Lorna Tonks.
Bohl was too quick, completing the one lap dash in 30.92 with Johansson second in 31.16 and Tonks third in 31.45.
Olympian Alicia Coutts announced her return to form with a win in the women’s 200m individual medley. Coutts dug deep to hold off a chase from fellow London Olympic teammate Blair Evans (2:12.58) and take first place in a time of 2:12.05 with both girls only just off the Olympic A qualifying time of 2:11.39. Third place went to Kotuku Ngawati in 2:14.28.
The women’s 200m freestyle was a battle between St Peters Western training partners Emma McKeon andBronte Barratt. McKeon was too strong and took the win at the wall in a time of 1:56.29 with Barratt settling for second in 1:56.66. Third place went to Sydney Olympic Park swimmer Mikkayla Sheridan in 1:59.80.
Top three results…
Women’s 1500m Freestyle
Men’s 200m IM Multi Class
Women’s 200m IM Multi Class
Women’s 200m Butterfly
Men’s 100m Butterfly
Women’s 50m Breaststroke
Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Women’s 200m Freestyle
Men’s 100m Backstroke Multi Class
Women’s 100m Backstroke Multi Class
Men’s 50m Freestyle
Women’s 200m IM
Men’s 400m IM
Women’s 50m Backstroke
Men’s 100m Backstroke
Men’s 100m Freestyle Multi Class
Women’s 100m Freestyle Multi Class
Men’s 1500m Freestyle
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