Backstroke Battle for the Books in Final Finals session

20 March 2021
Mitch Larkin backstroke start at 2021 NSW State Open

Olympic Park Hub swimmer Meg Bailey (Hunter) has seized her spot as the fastest qualifier in the Women’s 200m butterfly final in a quick 2:10.85. Alice Stuart (TSS Aquatic) 2:12.35 and Tianni Gilmour (USC Spartans) 2:12.76 will give Meg some gruelling competition tomorrow. A new PB of 2:16.18 has earned ACT Hub swimmer Kayla Hardy (Ginninderra) a chance to compete for gold.

Back at it after this morning’s swift 50m butterfly final are NSW contenders for the 100m title Shaun Champion (Abbotsleigh) 53.35, Edward Marks (Carlile) 53.95, and Alex Quach (Auburn) 54.25. They’ll face off against heavyweights David Morgan (TSS Aquatic) 53.66 and Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western) 53.71.

SOPAC swimmer Matt Wilson blitzed his 200m breaststroke heat in 2:11.76 leaving his opponents metres behind him in his wake. Wilson will have left an indelible mark on his competition ahead of the finals with the closest qualifier through after him (Daniel Cave – Melbourne Vicentre) sitting a massive 5.57 seconds behind Wilson’s time.

Rising star from the NSW South Coast, Jasmine Greenwood (Bay & Basin) 1:03.18, is chasing dreams of the Paralympics at State Open. She will face off against a stacked line up of veteran Paralympians including Ellie Cole (Knox Pymble) 1:05.18, Tiffany Thomas Kane (Warringah Aquatic) 1:18.92 and Katja Dedekind (USC Spartans) 1:02.13, as well as members of the Australian Dolphins, in the Women’s 100m freestyle MC final which she’s claimed the fastest spot in.

The femmes of freestyle have not failed to deliver this meet, with another thrilling final to look forward to tomorrow in the Women’s 200m event. Madi Wilson (Marion) 1:58.77 will lead the charge ahead of Emma McKeon (Griffith University) 1:59.23, long distance specialist Kiah Melverton (TSS Aquatic) 1:59.85, Cate Campbell (Knox Pymble) 2:00.46, Griffith University’s Lani Pallister (2:00.71) and Bronte Campbell (Knox Pymble) 2:00.94.

It will be a backstroke battle to remember in the Men’s 100m event with Will Yang (Loreto Normanhurst) powering through to the final in 54.40. Defending Australian record holder Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western) 55.12 won’t give the gold away easily. Stuart Swinburn (University of NSW) 56.43, and Mingara Aquatic representatives Brad Woodward 55.24 and Shaye Booth 56.59 will also be vying for a place on the winners podium.

Long distance devotees will wrap up 2021 NSW State Open with the Men’s and Women’s 1500m freestyle events. Moreton Bay swimmer Alexander Grant and SOPAC representative Matthew Galea will feature in the men’s race while the TSS triple threat Madeleine Gough, Kiah Melverton and Moesha Johnson will face off in the women’s corresponding event.

Finals start at 10am tomorrow (Sunday, 21 March). Watch the action live from anywhere on SwimTV. Get your event pass at

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