Madeline Groves Has Special Night at Victorian Open Championships

Photo Courtesy: Swimming Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia, January 18. A day after James Magnussen threw down the gauntlet with a 47.7 in the men’s 100-meter free at the Victorian Open Championships, Madelina Groves put up a world-class time in the women’s 100-meter fly.

Groves dominated the women’s 100 fly with a 57.43, downing the Victorian record of 57.99 set by Ellen Gandy last April. Groves’ time would have put her into finals at the World Championships last summer in Barcelona. Alicia Coutts, a Worlds silver medalist, placed second in 58.11, while Gandy wound up third in 58.55.

Groves produced the sensational time just 20 minutes following a fifth-place effort in the 400 free, where she clocked a 4:12.30. She also took bronze in the 50 fly last night. Meanwhile, Bronte Barratt topped the middle-distance free with a 4:07.46. That effort smashed the Victorian record of 4:09.56 set by Haylee Reddaway back in 2005. Remy Fairweather, a rising star at 16 years old, picked up second in 4:08.17, while Kylie Palmer touched third in 4:10.72.

South Korea’s Tae Hwan Park countered the finish of the men’s 100 free from last night by downing Magnussen in the men’s 200-meter free. Park raced to a 1:48.00 for the win, while Magnussen touched second in 1:48.45. Daniel Smith rounded out the top three in 1:48.69.

Park had trailed Magnussen by more than a second at the 150, 1:20.00 to 1:21.17, but turned on the afterburners down the final 50 meters with a 26.83 split to win by nearly half-a-second.

Daniel Tranter picked up his second podium of the meet with a win in the men’s 200-meter IM this evening. Tranter stopped the clock in 1:59.86 following a silver medal in the 200 fly on night one. Travis Mahoney posted a second-place time of 2:01.84 tonight in the medley, while Justin James claimed bronze in 2:01.87 in a close contest for second.

Mack Horton, one of the top rising talents in distance freestyle at 17 years old, took home the men’s 800-meter freestyle title in 7:59.51. Meanwhile, training partners David McKeon (8:04.37) and Jarrod Poort (8:06.54) finished second and third.

Mitchell Patterson then touched out Ben Lindsay, 24.31 to 24.36, in the men’s 50-meter fly. Daniel Lester earned bronze in the sprint fly with a 24.42. Local fan favorite Joshua Beaver popped a 1:57.84 to win the men’s 200-meter backstroke title, while Mitchell Larkin wound up second in 1:58.45. Matson Lawson claimed third in 1:59.03.

In a close contest, Belinda Hocking powered by Madison Wilson in the women’s 100-meter back to win 1:00.17 to 1:00.47 in front of her home crowd. Meagen Nay posted a 1:01.06 to finish third overall. Jeremy Meyer raced his way to a 1:02.99 to win the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, while 50-meter breaststroke winner Max Ireland took second in 1:03.47. Matthew Treloar earned third in 1:03.62.

Georgia Bohl, just 16, snatched the women’s 200-meter breaststroke title with a 2:29.40. Karlene Pircher placed second in 2:33.42, while Jenna Strauch claimed third in 2:33.62. Melanie Schlanger topped the women’s 50-meter free for a sprint double following her 100 free win. She clocked a 25.25 for the win, while Brittany Elmslie touched second in 25.35. Ami Matsuo finished third overall in 25.68.

Multi-Disability Events
Courtesy of Swimming Victoria
Men’s Multi Class 100m Freestyle
In the men’s Multi Class 100m freestyle Rowan Crothers took top spot on the podium, taking the gold medal in a time of 55.46. The silver medal went to Matt Levy in 1:03.73 with Mitchell Kilduff third in 57.76.

Women’s Multi Class 100m Freestyle
In the corresponding women’s event Rakiya Thomas finished on top of the podium, taking the title in a time of 1:06.83. Megan Botha (1:09.22) was awarded the silver medal with Monique Beckwith (1:04.57) rounding out the top three.

Men’s Multi Class 50m Butterfly
After picking up a bronze medal in the men’s Multi Class 100m freestyle, Mitchell Kilduff (27.35) was back on the podium, this time taking home the gold in the Multi Class 50m butterfly. Nunawading swimmer Jeremy Tidy secured the silver in 27.49 with Andrew Pasterfield third in 27.61.

Men’s Multi Class 50m Backstroke
The men’s Multi Class 50m backstroke provided Matthew Haanappel with his third medal of the meet, this time gold, in 37.65. Nunawading swimmer Jeremy Tidy also added to his medal haul, picking up his second silver of the night in 30.51 ahead of Andrew Pasterfield (31.01) in third place.

Women’s Multi Class 50m Backstroke
Seventeen-year-old Ashleigh McConnell stepped up to top spot in the women’s Multi Class 50m backstroke claiming the title in 37.51. Monique Beckwith was left to settle for silver in 35.44 while Emily Beecroft took home the bronze in 38.54.

Men’s Multi Class 100m Breaststroke
Paralympian and IPC World Championship representative Ahmed Kelly was too strong in the final of the men’s Multi Class 100m breaststroke, hitting the wall in 1:53.57 to grab the gold. Matt Levy (1:25.66) returned to the podium in the silver medal position with Timothy Disken taking bronze in 1:18.84.

Women’s Multi Class 100m Breaststroke
Melbourne Vicentre swimmer Tanya Huebner bagged the breaststroke double following her win in the 50m breaststroke last night and the 100m Multi Class breaststroke tonight. Huebner stopped the clock at 1:44.29 to take the title ahead of a consistent Monique Beckwith in 1:27.46 and India Biesse Fitton in 1:36.85.

Results For: Victorian Open Championships: Day Two

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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