MELBOURNE, Australia, January 15. AFTER two days on the Ian Thorpe watch, the Victorian Open Long Course Championships came to a close with a third day of swimming.
Jessica Dickons, who finished last year ranked 12th in the world with a 2:07.68, won the women's 200 fly in 2:09.50. Ellen Gandy touched second in 2:11.39, while Megan Gianotti picked up third in 2:14.90. Gandy's top time last year was a 2:05.59 for fourth in the rankings. Chris Wright topped the men's 100 fly in 52.97, while Sam Ashby (53.45) and Ryan Pini (53.89) placed second and third.
Alicia Coutts, who stormed to a 2:09.00 to rank second in the world last year, crushed the field in the women's 200 IM tonight with a 2:12.18. Great Britain's Siobhan Marie-O'Connor touched second in 2:15.08, while Rika Omoto picked up third in 2:16.22.
Leiston Pickett claimed the women's 50 breast title in 31.34, a time that would have ranked her 20th in the world last year. Sarah Katsoulis placed second in 31.52, while Kate Haywood finished third in 31.70. Michael Jamieson won the men's 200 breast in 2:12.15. Brenton Rickard (2:12.86) and Andrew Willis (2:13.97) rounded out the top three.
Melanie Schlanger dominated the women's 200 freestyle event with a triumphant time of 1:58.07, just outside what would have placed her in the top 25 a year ago. Kelly Stubbins clocked a 2:01.17 to take second, while New Zealand's Lauren Boyle took third in 2:01.20.
Earlier in the evening, Boyle snared the women's 1500 free title with a time of 16:35.07, while Hong Kong's Natasha Tang placed second in 17:21.90. Emily Camenzuli, 14, earned third-place honors in 17:30.92.
Matt Targett threw down a 22.23 to win the men's 50 free to jump into the international mix in the event. Cameron Prosser took second in 22.60, while James Roberts tied with Kyle Richardson for third with matching 22.77s. Yuki Tezuka pocketed the men's 400 IM crown in 4:19.89, while Roberto Pavoni finished second in 4:23.78. Keishi Moritoki turned in a third-place 4:29.96.
Sophie Edington won the women's 50 back in 28.46, while Grace Loh finished second in 28.88. Tayliah Zimmer wound up third in 28.93. Ben Treffers hit the wall in 54.53 to win the men's 100 back. Ashley Delaney (54.74) and Josh Beaver (55.18) completed the podium.
Daniel Fogg clocked a 15:39.10 to win the men's 1500 free. Jack Burnell placed second in 15:41.38, while Mack Horton wound up third in 15:41.72.
In multi-class events, Matthew Levy was listed first in the men's 200 IM with a 2:40.43, while Teigan Van Roosmalen was listed first in 2:38.54. Levy doubled up with a 29.51 in the men's 50 free, while Kayla Clarke was listed first in the women's 50 free. Craig Morgan was listed first in the men's 50 back with a 30.92, while Ellie Cole was listed first in the women's 50 back with a 34.61.