National and Commonwealth records broken at Australian Swimming Championships
11 April 2019
SWIMMING: Both National and Commonwealth records continued to be broken at the 2019 Australian Swimming Championships, with the competition due to wrap up on Friday 12 April.
Three-time Olympic medalist Kyle Chalmers was victorious in the Men’s 200m Freestyle, where he defeated Elijah Winnington by .61 seconds. Clyde Lewis finished just over one second behind Winnington to claim third.
In the Women’s 50m Freestyle, Cate Campbell narrowly defeated Shayna Jack and Bronte Campbell. The triple Olympian edged Jack and Campbell in a tight race, with all three swimmers finishing within .21 seconds of each other.
Meanwhile, Jenna Strauch set a personal best time in the 200m Women’s Breaststroke in victory over Abby Harkin who claimed silver and Zoe Deacon who won bronze.
Minna Atherton won her first national title in the 200m backstroke, finishing first with a time of 2:11:18. In an extremely tight race, Atherton defeated Calypso Sheridan by just .05 seconds with Mikkayla Sheridan finishing in third.
In another close race, Mitch Larkin won his 17th national title, winning gold in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley. Larkin defeated Brendon Smith by .29 seconds with Kieran Breakers earning bronze.
Larkin then was atop the podium once again in the 200m Individual Medley, his third national title at the championships. The Rio Olympian broke away from the pack with more than 25 meters to go. Larkin would end up defeating Matthew Wilson by more than two seconds with Jared Gilliland placing third.
Wilson would get a victory though, in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, pulling away from Zac Stubblety-Cook and Daniel Cave about a quarter of the way through the race.
It was a clean sweep for St. Peters Western in the Men’s and Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay. The Women’s team, consisting of Shayna Jack, Abby Harkin, Youth Olympian Michaela Ryan and Ariane Titmus set an Australian record of 7:57.03 en route to victory, while their male teammates of Larkin, Lewis, Max Carleton & Jacob Hansford also claimed gold.
TSS Aquatic's Cameron McEvoy, David Morgan, Max Osborn and Joshua Paris along with Madeleine Gough, Laura Taylor, Charlotte Mitchell and Kiah Melverton swept the silvers while St. Peters Western added a bronze as their second team of Meg Harris, Sienna McDonald, Nicola Hoskin and Elly O'Donoghue finished third in the Women’s edition.
St. Peters Western continued its dominance in the team events, winning both the men’s and women’s on consecutive nights.
It was a convincing performance from Ariane Titmus in Women’s 200m freestyle, as she set an Australian and Commonwealth record by finishing in 1:54.30. The 18-year-old, having already won the 800m and 4x100m Freestyle Relays, won the race over Emma McKeon by 1.7 seconds and Madison Wilson by 2.6.
In the Women’s 1500m Freestyle, Kiah Melverton beat Maddy Gough in the final few strokes, winning by .17 seconds. Sophie Caldwell touched in third for bronze about 30 seconds behind the leaders.
Seventeen-year-old Youth Olympian Kaylee McKeown added another victory to her 2018 national championships’ campaign, finishing first in the Women’s 50m Backstroke. Minna Atherton and Holly Barratt finished second and third, respectively.