Barratt Takes Third at Australian Swimming Trials
Swimming | Published:
Tue 11 June 2019
Holly Barratt took third place in the final of the women’s
100m backstroke on night two of finals at the Australian Swimming Trials in
The 31 year-old was up against a crack field and the final
delivered on that promise with two athletes dipping under the automatic
qualifying time (59.82sec) for the 2019 World Championships.
Fastest qualifier Minna Atherton backed up on her heat
effort, to take victory in 59.20 where she was closely followed by Kaylee
Barratt’s 1:00.24 was good enough for third place, in front
of champion swimmer and 200m specialist Emily Seebohm.
WA had two competitors in the men’s 100m back final, but
neither could match the pace at the front, with Mitch Larkin setting an
impressive 52.38 to comfortably finish under the required time of 53.76. Kevin Kalember was sixth in 56.44
whilst Zac Incerti took eighth place
Night three of finals will see two events with strong WA
chances, with the already qualified Brianna
Throssell looking to press her credentials in the women’s 200m free, before Grant Irvine and Nicholas Brown take centre lanes as
fastest qualifiers in the men’s 200m fly final.
Throssell was third fastest qualifier in 1:57.90 behind Emma
McKeon (1:56.76) and Shayna Jack (1:57.50). The packed final will also feature
Commonwealth Games record holder Ariarne Titmus – who was fifth fastest through
A top six finish would put Throssell right in the frame for
the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team in Korea.
The men’s 200m fly final appears a race between three,
although the spectre of qualifying time will add further intrigue.
1:55.58 is the magic mark required, with Irvine hitting the
wall in 1:57.50 and Brown in 1:57.56 during heats. David Morgan was third
fastest in qualification in 1:58.55.