SYDNEY, Australia, August 22. SWIMMING in her home town, Ryde-Carlile’s Laura Crockart turned up the heat in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle to take down the Commonwealth record in the event at the Australian Short Course Championships.
Crockart, 18, stopped the clock in 15:45.89, crushing nearly six seconds off the previous record previously owned by Rebecca Crooke of Great Britain since 2009. The swim also smashed the Australian record of 15:58.61 set by Stacey Gartrell way back in 1992.
Crockart, who just dropped a stunning 22 seconds off her personal best in the long course 1500 free at the U.S. Open this summer, came into tonight with much more confidence.
“It’s really exciting. I knew what the record was and I kind of really wasn’t going for it, but it was a really good swim and I’m just really stoked,” said Crockart. “I thought I would go under 16 minutes today but not by that much. To go 15:45 is pretty awesome and my 800m tomorrow is looking good now, and hopefully only good things to come from here.”
Meanwhile, Mountain Creek’s Chelsea Gubecka, 14, took second in 15:54.69, while Uniswim’s Sacha Downing wound up third in 16:11.88.
In other action, Mitchell Davenport-Wright topped the men’s 800-meter free in 8:02.82, while Atlantics’ Jacob Hansford clinched second in 8:03.31. Nunawading’s Dylan Warren rounded out the podium with a third-place time of 8:05.41.