Paralympic golden girls Jacqueline Freney and Maddison Elliott have qualified for Commonwealth Games selection with two strong swims in the women’s 100m freestyle S8 Para Sport.
Elliott won the race in an impressive 1:06.14 with eight-time London Paralympic gold medallist Freney a shade behind in 1:09.83. Fifteen-year-old Lakeisha Patterson finished strongly in third place hitting the wall in 1:13.89 with Georgina Bishop-Cash (1:20.02) in fourth place.
The girls then matched up again for the multi-class 100m freestyle national title, and while Freney and Elliott both had strong starts, it was reigning champion Taylor Corry who took the gold touching the wall in 1:02.35. Freney maintained her speed to claim the silver in 1:09.53 with Elliot (1:08.43) taking the bronze.
Only two days into the Australian Swimming Championships and 16-year-old Rowan Crothers (54.95) continued to make a splash in the pool, taking the gold medal in the men’s 100m freestyle multi-class in another world record time. Crothers knocked 0.1 of a second off his mark from last night’s Para Sport race with Matthew Cowdrey second in 56.02 seconds. Eighteen-year-old Mitchell Kilduff held his position stopping the clock in 55.42 to take home the bronze.
2013 IPC World Championship team mates Kayla Clarke, Amanda Fowler and Taylor Corry battled it out in the women’s 200m individual medley multi-class final for the national title. Eyes were glued to the pool as the girls headed for the finish, and in the end it was Clarke who took the gold medal in a fast 2:33.13. Fowler and Corry were fighting right up to the finish for the silver and bronze. In the end Fowler (2:39.17) finished with the silver and Corry took home the bronze in 2:39.30.
After qualifying as the top contender in this morning’s heat session Rick Pendleton showed no sign of slowing down as he glided through the pool in the men’s 200m IM Multi-Class final. Pendleton touched the wall in 2:14.93 to take home the gold medal, Cranbrook Eastern Edge swimmer Matthew Levy finished with the silver in 2:41.66 and Brenden Hall (2:22.36) with the bronze.
Today’s racing will see S14 swimmers Daniel Fox and Mitchell Kilduff go head to head for a place on the Commonwealth Games team in the men’s S14 200m freestyle, Brenden Hall will attempt to retain his title in the men’s multi-class 400m freestyle and the likes of Jacqueline Freney, Maddison Elliott, Taylor Corry, Michael Anderson and Grant Patterson will line up for the multi-class 50m backstroke national title.
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By Swimming Australia