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Chalmers and Campbell find golden hattrick at 2019 NSW State Champs

19 March 2019

SWIMMING: It was raining gold for Australia’s Olympic swimmers at the 2019 NSW State Championships, with 12 Olympians finding a place on the podium over the three-day event and Australia looking poised for Tokyo 2020 success.

Both Kyle Chalmers and Cate Campbell completed a golden hattrick for their clubs, with Chalmers finding gold in the men’s 100m and 200m freestyle along with the 100m butterfly.

Returning to his golden form, Chalmers became the first person in the world to clock under 48 seconds in the men’s 100m freestyle this season, with a blistering time of 47.89, his fastest since winning gold at Rio 2016 in 47.58. James Roberts and Cam McEvoy followed in second and third place respectively.

The Olympic champion’s 200m freestyle result of 1:47.45 places him at seventh fastest in the world, with a split of 53.43/54.02, his fastest in-season time for the event.

Cate Campbell’s trifecta came through the 100m and 50m freestyle, along with the 4x100 medley where she was accompanied by her Knox Pymble teammates Claudia Neale, Georgia Peregrina and Claudia Fydler.

Campbell’s 100m freestyle effort was her fastest this season, earning her the number two spot in the world at 53:21.Emma McKeon claimed silver at 53:73, while Cate’s sister Bronte Campbell made it four medals for the family, picking up bronze in 53:81.

Madi Wilson wasn’t far behind at 53:92, but of particular significance is her impressive transition from backstroke to freestyle ahead of Tokyo 2020.

The NSW State Championships were an exciting insight of what’s to come for Wilson, who also claimed gold in both the women’s 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

The younger generation also made their mark at the event, with Youth Olympic gold medallist Kaylee McKeown winning her own state title in the 200m Individual Medley, and finishing in second behind Wilson in the 100m backstroke,

Heading into Tokyo 2020, the 17-year-old can now add fourth fastest 200m backstroke swimmer in the world to her resume.

Eighteen-year-old Elijah Winnington claimed gold in the men’s 400m freestyle beating the likes of Sim Welson in second and Olympian Mack Horton in third.

Fellow Olympic hopeful Matt Wilson also claimed gold in the 200m breaststroke, in a time of 2:08.26, the third fastest time in the world this year.

Twenty-three-year-old Jess Hansen made waves of her own, setting a new NSW record for the 100m breaststroke of 1:06.91, also making her the third fastest swimmer in the world for the event this season, while London 2012's Leiston Pickett claimed silver and Jenna Strauch, bronze.

Rio 2016’s Emma McKeon won gold in the 100m butterfly in a time of 57.84, also placing the 24-year-old at third fastest in the world, while Commonwealth Games silver medallist Laura Taylor claimed silver and Yolane Kukla, bronze.

McKeon also claimed silver in both the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle. 

Tokyo 2020 hopeful and Australian Open Water National Championships runner-up, Kiah Melverton claimed gold in both the 800m freestyle and the 400m freestyle, ahead of Rio 2016 silver medallist, Leah Neale in second place and 19-year-old Olivia Adams in third.

You can catch your Aussie favourites next as they battle it out at the 2019 Australian Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre from April 7-12.

Liana Buratti
olympics.com.au

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