Medals Elusive on Night Four of Finals
Swimming | Published:
Thu 11 April 2019
Medals proved elusive for WA’s elite swimmers on night
four of finals at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide.
But there were some near misses with three athletes
falling narrowly shy of acquiring competition bling.
Ashton Brinkworth’s breakout performance continued with
19 year-old qualifying for the final of the men’s 200m freestyle race.
Having already made an impact in the men’s 100m final, he
proved just as impressive in the four-lap race, qualifying safely in 1:49.24,
before dipping well below that mark in the final for fourth place in a quick
Kyle Chalmers earned a third individual gold medal,
stopping in 1:46.30 ahead of another young gun in Elijah Winnington (1:46.91)
with Clyde Lewis (1:47.92) in third.
Brinkworth’s efforts secured him another qualifying time
for the World University Games.
The depth of talent in the women’s freestyle ranks was
well evidenced in the 50m final with the Campbell sisters sharing the podium with
second placed Shayna Jack.
The race was won by Cate Campbell in 24.30, with younger
sister Bronte in third (24.51). Jack was mighty close to Campbell’s winning
time in 24.38, whilst Barratt kept herself in the hunt throughout with a 24.91
for fourth place.
Blair Evans enjoyed a hitout in the women’s 200m
breaststroke final and swam well for fifth place in 2:30.01.
Evans was this week named as one of three Western
Australian high performance athletes who are lending their support to a new
Australian Institute of Sport initiative in tandem with Lifelife through the Community
Custodians Program. You can read more about that announcement here.
Jenna Strauch won the women’s 200m breaststroke national
title in 2:24.88 with Abbey Harkin (2:25.12) and Zoe Deacon (2:27.66) rounding
out the podium.