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Sprinters shine at swim trials

24 June 2013

SWIMMING: Strong swims from James Magnussen and Cate Campbell highlighted Saturday's final day of the Australian time trials in Brisbane, with the focus switching to July's world championships in Barcelona.

Swimming a third time-trial session in the space of 24 hours, and having to contend with stopwatch timing on Saturday morning due to a malfunctioning scoreboard, swimmers and coaches used the meet to fine-tune their racing skills leading into Spain.

Campbell swam 52.89 seconds in the 100m freestyle to be a standout for the women, while Magnussen rounded out his two days of racing with an impressive 48.11 in the same event.

Women's team coach Michael Bohl said it was a busy couple of days of competition and team logistics, but well worth it from a performance perspective.

"Athletes and coaches have used the three sessions to trial a few different strategies and the signs are there that things are progressing nicely with less than 40 days to go until the start of the pool swimming in Spain."

A London Olympic relay gold medallist, Campbell was followed in by sister Bronte in the 100m free in 54.35, with Emma McKeon (55.06) third while, in the men's, James Roberts finished second in 49.55 from Tommaso D'Orsogna (50.40).

In the 200m freestyle, London Olympian Cameron McEvoy won in 1:47.57 ahead of world championship teammates Jarrod Killey (1:50.03) and Ned McKendry (1:52.03).

The men's 50m freestyle ended with Andrew Abood finishing in 22.62 ahead of Jamie Sturgeon in 23.02 and Roberts (23.26) while, in the 100m breaststroke, former world record holder Brenton Rickard swam 1:01.68 to win from medley swimmer Jayden Hadler (1:03.15).

Mitch Larkin continued his strong performance over the weekend with a solid 200m backstroke performance finishing in 1:58.35 over fellow London Olympian Matson Lawson.

FINA World Cup champion Kenneth To produced his second sub-two minute swim of the weekend in the men's 200m individual medley to finish in 1:59.86.

Medley swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes won the 200m butterfly in 1:59.75 from Keiran Qaium (2:02.23), while Jeremy Meyer took out the 200m breaststroke in 2:17.31.

In the 100m backstroke, Ashley Delaney took out the 100m backstroke, just 0.04 of second in front of Ben Treffers followed by Mitch Larkin (55.72).

Teenager Jordan Harrison took out the 800m freestyle in 7:54.34 with fellow distance teen Mack Horton also coming in under the eight-minute mark in 7:59.37.

London relay silver medallist Kylie Palmer breezed through the 200m freestyle in 1:58.43, with 16-year-old Ami Matsuo coming second (2:00.89).

In the 100m breaststroke, Samantha Marshall won in 1:08.26, while Alicia Coutts stepped up to take top spot in the women's 50m freestyle in a time of 25.56, then backed up with second in the 200m breaststroke, behind Sally Foster in 2:28.69.

Meagen Nay was quickest in the 200m backstroke, clocking 2:08.66 ahead of Hayley White (2:09.99) and Belinda Hocking (2:13.99).

London Olympian Jessica Ashwood won the 800m freestyle in 8:31.52 from Katie Goldman (8:33.98).

AAP

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