By Stephen J. thomas
HOBART, Australia, August 3. BREASTSTROKER Brooke Hanson showed her versatility to break the national record for the 100m IM by just 0.01 seconds, clocking 1:01.30 in a semifinal of the Australian Short Course Championships in Hobart. Her win was all the more impressive as she had injured a groin muscle just 30-minutes earlier in the final of the 200m breaststroke.
World Championship team-member Stephen Penfold became the fourth fastest Aussie performer over the 400m freestyle when he won his first national title in 3:41.85. Penfold’s training partner, world record-holder Grant Hackett, skipped this meet.
His World Championship teammate, Brenton Rickard, clocked a swift 59.34 in the 100m breaststroke semi-final tonight (2nd fastest all-time Aussie performer), just 0.27 seconds outside the national record.
Title and Australian record-holder Matt Welsh had an easy win in the 200m backstroke clocking a very solid 1:52.74 given he had just swum a semifinal of the 100m IM.
World Championships medalist Libby Lenton took two titles this evening. Her first win came in the 100m freestyle clocking 53.33 (she clocked a NR 52.97 in the semis) from fellow Queensland World Championship medalists Alice Mills (PR 54.15, 5th all-time Aussie) and Jodie Henry (PR 54.61, 8th all-time Aussie). Half an hour later she swam a PR 26.76 to take the 50m fly (4th all-time Aussie) from Felicity Galvez and Danni Miatke in a tie for silver in 26.89 (5th all-time Aussies).
Leisel Jones took out the 200m breaststroke from title-holder Brooke Hanson in a very solid 2:21.84. Giaan Rooney became only the third Aussie to go under the minute when she took out the 100m backstroke in 59.70 and title-holder Amanda Pascoe took out the 800m freestyle in 8:29.51.
In the absense of World Championships team members Geoff Huegill and Adam Pine, 19-year-old Joshua Taylor was a surprise winner of the 100m fly in a PR 52.99 to take his first national title. Sydneysider Jonathon Newton took the 50m free in 22.19 (PR 22.14 in the prelims).