Making a flying start to her 2021 campaign, Elizabeth Dekkers from Newmarket Racers let rip in lane four during the Girls 16-years 200m Butterfly to smash the Australian Age Record she set in December last year.
On the third night of racing at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for the 2021 Australian Age Swimming Championships, Dekkers’ time of 2:07.25 – which is around half a second faster than her pervious personal best – is already under the Tokyo Olympic qualifying time. Battling it out for silver and bronze in lanes five and three was Nudgee College’s Tiana Kritzinger and Epping’s Anneke Van Zoggel. In the end it was Kritzinger who touched ahead – 2:13.71 to 2:14.56.
Speaking after the race, Dekkers said she was thrilled with her result and added it was wonderful to be back racing.
“It feels really good to continue to bring that time down, so I’m happy with that – I just wanted to be strong in the first 100m and just try to hold on,” Dekkers said.
“I always try and swim my own race, but I was looking beside me the whole time.
“It also feels really good to be back on pool deck, I’ve really missed it, especially Australian titles.”
In the same event for the Boys, Caleb Dryer (Trinity Grammar, NSW) took the spoils in an enthralling 200m fly race. Clocking 2:02.43, Dryer beat out Daniel McLoughlin (Kincumber Pacific) who posted 2:03.33 to secure silver and Jesse Coleman (Bond) who received bronze in 2:04.39.
Transitioning from a gruelling 200m butterfly to a fast and furious splash and dash, it couldn’t have been much closer in the Boys 17-years 50m Freestyle. With only a fingernail separating first and second, Isaac Cooper (Rackley) and Edward Speller (Melbourne Vicentre) had spectators on their feet. Madly dashing to the finish line, Cooper touched in 22.86, only three one hundredths of a second in front of Speller who hit the wall in 22.89. Placing third to receive the bronze was Bryce Belcher (22.98) from Uni of Queensland.
It was all Lello in the Boys 17-years 100m Breaststroke, as Churchie’s Bailey Lello edged out Knox Pymble’s Joshua Collett and Yannik Zwolsman to claim the Australian Age title. The race came down to the wire with Lello pushing himself in 1:02.23, to Collett’s 1:02.59 and Zwolsman’s 1:03.52.
MCA QLD’s Hannah Casey – who qualified fastest heading into the final – prevailed in the Girls 14-year 100m Butterfly, taking the top honour in 1:01.13. Sally Vagg from Rocky City snared silver in 1:01.56 while Giselle Davey from Firbank Aquastars snuck in from lane one to bag bronze in 1:02.63.
MLC Flippers squad mates Ella Ramsay (St Peters Western) and Sydney Brown (Wests Illawarra) went stroke for stroke in the Girls 16-years 100m Freestyle. In a gripping contest it was Ramsay who managed to take the gold in 55.30 ahead of Brown (55.87). Rounding out the podium was Madeleine Hardy from Trinity Grammar, NSW who jagged bronze in 56.81.
Sprinting in unison for the majority of the race and with hardly a stroke separating the pack at the first turn, the Boys 16-year 100m Freestyle was a blistering final. With only .21 of a second separating first and third, Jamie Mooney from Wagga Wagga managed to narrowly claim the title in a time of 51.43, beating out lane two’s Hugh Dolle (St Peters Western) who posted 51.51 and local Bond athlete, Jesse Coleman (51.64).
The night concluded with a host of epic relay events, access the results here.
Meanwhile, the final six Multi-Class Age races were completed earlier this afternoon. Click here to view the results.
More results from night three:
Girls 14-years 200m Individual Medley
Gold – Taryn Roberts, Rocky City, 2:18.84
Silver – Olivia Wunsch, Carlile, 2:20.43
Bronze – Francesca Chitukudza, Moreton Bay, 2:23.26
Boys 14-years 200m Individual Medley
Gold – Ike Martinez, Tas Swimming, 2:12.47
Silver – Hayden Hoang, MLC Marlins, 2:12.79
Bronze – Bailey Screen, Willoughby, 2:13.92
Girls 13-years 200m Freestyle
Gold – Zara Kasprowicz, Warringah Aquatic, 2:05.83
Silver – Zoe Ammundsen, Rackley, 2:06.22
Bronze – Mikayla Bird, Bond, 2:07.50
Girls 14-years 400m Freestyle
Gold – Taryn Roberts, Rocky City, 4:17.06
Silver – Milla Jansen, Bond, 4:21.95
Bronze – Hannah Allen, Rackley, 4:24.76
Boys 14-years 200m Backstroke
Gold – Hayden Hoang, MLC Marlins, 2:07.09
Silver – Nicholas Gladen, Macquarie Uni, 2:12.28
Bronze – Cooper Portlock, SOPAC, 2:12.39
Girls 15-years 200m Backstroke
Gold – Claveria Johnson-Tiumalu, St Peters Western, 2:17.45
Silver – Semra Olowoniyi, St Peters Western, 2:19.26
Bronze – Bella Grant, Trinity Grammar, NSW, 2:19.77
Boys 15-years 200m Backstroke
Gold – Flynn Southam, Bond, 2:02.44
Silver – Clancy Luscomb, Marion, 2:06.62
Bronze – Jy Parkison, Cannonvale Cannons, 2:10.09
Boys 14-years 100m Butterfly
Gold – Ike Martinez, Tas Swimming, 57.30
Silver – Marcus Da Silva, City of Sydney, 58.31
Bronze – James Gauci, SOPAC, 58.69
Girls 13-years 200m Breaststroke
Gold – Julia Remington, Palm Beach Currumbin, 2:40.58
Silver – Meghan Guthrie-Quinn, Acqua Rosa Clayfield, 2:42.20
Bronze – Holly Hembling, Bond, 2:42.29
Boys 14-15-years 1500 Freestyle
Gold – Xavier Metcalfe, Fraser Coast, 16:47.66
Silver – Samuel Thorpe, St Peters Western, 16:48.85
Bronze – Kieran Lees, Uni of Queensland, 16:50.78