2008 Australian Swimming Championships

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The 2008 Telstra Australian Swimming Championships were held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from 22–29 March 2008. The championships were used as the Australian trials for the 2008 Olympic Games squad.

Like all previous Australian swimming trials, the championships program mirrored the 2008 Olympic swimming program with the addition of the non-Olympic events – 50 m backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly; 800 m freestyle (men) and 1500 m freestyle (women).

Results[edit]

Highlighted swimmers achieved the qualification conditions to be included in the Olympic team in that respective event.

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 m freestyle Eamon Sullivan 21.28 Ashley Callus 22.02  ?  ?
100 m freestyle Eamon Sullivan 47.52 Matt Targett 48.36  ?  ?
200 m freestyle Grant Hackett 1:47.03 Kenrick Monk 1:47.10  ?  ?
400 m freestyle Grant Hackett 3:43.15 Craig Stevens 3:46.64  ?  ?
800 m freestyle  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
1500 m freestyle Grant Hackett 14:48.65 Craig Stevens 14:53.18  ?  ?
50 m backstroke  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
100 m backstroke Ashley Delaney 53.68 Hayden Stoeckel 53.86  ?  ?
200 m backstroke Hayden Stoeckel 1:56.75 Ashley Delaney 1:57.53  ?  ?
50 m breaststroke  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
100 m breaststroke Brenton Rickard 1:00.04 Christian Sprenger 1:00.22  ?  ?
200 m breaststroke Brenton Rickard 2:09.51 Christian Sprenger 2:11.02  ?  ?
50 m butterfly  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
100 m butterfly Andrew Lauterstein 51.91 Adam Pine 52.13  ?  ?
200 m butterfly Nick D'Arcy 1:55.10 Travis Nederpelt 1:56.06  ?  ?
200 m individual medley Leith Brodie 1:59.90  ?  ?  ?  ?
400 m individual medley Travis Nederpelt 4:16.31  ?  ?  ?  ?
4×100 m freestyle relay Andrew Lauterstein (48.57)
Ashley Callus (48.68)
Patrick Murphy (49.27)
Kirk Palmer (49.44)
 ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
4×200 m freestyle relay Nicholas Sprenger (01:47.17)
Leith Brodie (1:47.47)
Patrick Murphy (1:47.50)
Grant Brits (1:47.56)
 ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
4×100 m medley relay  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 m freestyle Libby Trickett 23.97 Cate Campbell 24.38  ?  ?
100 m freestyle Libby Trickett 52.88 Cate Campbell 53.81  ?  ?
200 m freestyle Bronte Barratt 1:56.60 Linda Mackenzie 1:56.99  ?  ?
400 m freestyle Linda Mackenzie 4:04.73 Bronte Barratt 4:05.19  ?  ?
800 m freestyle Kylie Palmer 8:24.30  ?  ?  ?  ?
1500 m freestyle  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
50 m backstroke  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
100 m backstroke Emily Seebohm 59.59 Sophie Edington 59.84  ?  ?
200 m backstroke Meagen Nay 2:08.55 Belinda Hocking 2:08.93  ?  ?
50 m breaststroke  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
100 m breaststroke Leisel Jones 1:05.75 Tarnee White 1:06.46  ?  ?
200 m breaststroke Leisel Jones 2:21.34 Sally Foster 2:25.70  ?  ?
50 m butterfly  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
100 m butterfly Libby Trickett 56.81 Jessicah Schipper 57.31  ?  ?
200 m butterfly Jessicah Schipper 2:06.82 Samantha Hamill 2:07.61  ?  ?
200 m individual medley Stephanie Rice 2:08.92 Alicia Coutts 2:11.87  ?  ?
400 m individual medley Stephanie Rice 4:31.46 Samantha Hamill 4:41.61  ?  ?
4×100 m freestyle relay Melanie Schlanger (54.20)
Alice Mills (00:54.27)
Shayne Reese (54.80)
Angie Bainbridge (55.01)
 ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
4×200 m freestyle relay Angie Bainbridge (1:58.11)
Lara Davenport (1:58.55)
Melanie Schlanger (1:58.71)
Kylie Palmer (1:58.79)
 ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
4×200 m medley relay  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?

Olympic team news[edit]

Due to strong performances, two additional members were added to the Australian Olympic swim team: Nick Ffrost and Felicity Galvez both finished seventh in their 200 m freestyle events. Additionally, Galvez finished third in the women's 200 m butterfly. It is assumed Galvez will swim the heat of the 4×100 m medley relay with Libby Trickett likely to swim the freestyle leg, elevating Jessicah Schipper into the butterfly position. This however has created controversy with freestyler Andrew Mewing appealing his non selection after finishing 8th with an A qualifying time, whilst Galvez was selected via a B qualifying time, that ranked her 9th in the 200 m freestyle. Mewing lost his appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Adam Lucas finished second in both the 200 m and 400 m individual medley events, but was not selected because he swam a B qualifying time, rather than an A qualifying time. These are the only events on the Australian roster that remain without a second qualifier.

Melissa Gorman failed to meet the qualification time for the 800 m freestyle at the championships themselves, however was included in the team to swim this event after qualifying for the 10 km marathon swimming event.[1]

During the early hours of 30 March 2008, Nick D'Arcy was involved in an altercation with a fellow Australia swimmer, Simon Cowley. Cowley was a winner of three gold medals at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. D'Arcy is now facing possible expulsion from the 2008 Olympic team. In his own decision, D'Arcy withdrew from the upcoming 2008 World Short Course Championships. He has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murdoch, Alex (24 July 2008). "Melissa Gorman to swim 800m freestyle in Beijing". The Courier-Mail. 
  2. ^ Ramachandran, Arjun (2008-03-31). "Swimmer charged". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-03-31.