Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Update from Sydney

The second day of prelims at the Aussie trials is completed. Some notes from the meet:
- Belinda Hocking led qualifiers in the Women's 100 Back with a 59.95, her personal best and the first swim under 1:00 this year. Second and third went to 100 Back Olympians Emily Seebohm and Sophie Edington, who were well off the pace but appear to have cruised.
- Christian Sprenger swam the second fastest time in the world in the Men's 100 Breast (1:00.27), well ahead of New Zealand's Glenn Snyders and a cruising Brenton Rickard.
- Libby Trickett led the way in the Women's 100 Free with a solid 54.04. However, the big story is Cate Campbell. The 16-year old superstar finished prelims in a relatively slow 56.47. This time puts her into a three-way tie for fifteenth place. Now, she will have to get first or second out of three in a swim-off to have a chance of making semi-finals, let alone a the top 2, which most people have predicted. Therese Alshammar has a personal best 54.58 to qualify second ahead of Sally Foster, Shane Reese, and Marieke Guehrer. Another favorite, Alice Mills, was also "off" in prelims, finishing 12th in 56.14; however, she still has semis and hopefully finals. Following her was triple gold medalist Stephanie Rice, 56.20.
- Matt Targett and Nick Ffrost lead highly competitive fields in the Men's 50 Fly and 200 Free, respectively. Both will have highly competitive battles for the top 2 spots.

Go to Swimming Australia (http://www.clubsonline.com.au/uploads/swimresults/National/2009AUS/index.htm) for full results.

Just a comment: I predicted Marieke Guehrer to set an Australian record in the 50 Fly of 25.76 (in the finals). Today in semis, she swam 25.76. Considering I took educated guesses on the times, not bad! (I did the same thing in Beijing; I predicted Matt Grevers to win silver in the 100 Back in 52.99 - indeed he won silver and swam 52.99 in the semi-finals!)

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