2004 Telstra Australian Champs and Olympic Trials - Day 7 Finals
2004-04-02
Paul Quinlan - Swimnews - Photos by Andrew Ringland
Women's 200 backstroke
Three swimmers from South Austrlia sweeped the top places in the 200 backstroke with Melissa Morgan taking first in

Women's 200 backstroke
Three swimmers from South Austrlia sweeped the top places in the 200 backstroke with Melissa Morgan taking first in 2:12.90, after trailing for three of the four lengths behind Frances Adcock in second with 2:13.46. Karina Leane in this with 2:14.46.

Men's 100 butterfly
Adam Pine was the leader turning first in 24.73 and still in the lead wth 25m remaining, but Geoff Huegill finished strong to touch in 52.92, with Pine in 53.26, both repeat Olympic qualifyers. Justin Norris in third with 53.44. Michael Klim was sixth after the semis but scratched from the finals to concentrate on the 50 free later this session.

Women's 800 free
With wins in the 200 and 400 free already in the bag, pocket-rocket Linda Mackenzie took the lead from the start (4:15.05) and won in 8:32.13, the fastest winning time in Australia in recent years but still 10 second off the national record from 1988. Sarah Paton in second with 8:34.70 and Briody Murphy third in 8:37.07.

Men's 50 freestyle
As the saying goes,'When the going gets tough, the tough get going'. Brett Hawke, 28, won his first race at this meet, the important one, in 22.37, In second Ashley Callus in 22.39, both Olympic qualifyers. David Carter in third with 22.67 and Michael Klim seventh.



Non Olympic event finals
Brenton Rickard won the 50 breaststroke in with 28.16 just 3/100ths off his Australian record. Petria Thomas won the 50 butterfly in 26.29, lowering her own day old Commonwealth record of 26.41.

Semi-finals
Michelle Engelsman was top qualifyer in the 50 freestyle in 24.92, with an even faster 24.83 in the prelims for an Australian record. Brooke Hanson was fastest in the 50 breaststroke semis in 30,99 and an Austrlain record in the prelims with 30.92.

Matt Welsh was top qualifyer in the men's 50 backstroke in 25.80.

In the prelims of the men's 1500 freestyle Canadian Kurtis MacGillivary had the fastest time of 15:11.38, but will not advance to the finals. Grant Hackett was top Australian in 15:23.05.

MacGillivary bettered the 14-year-old Canadian record of 15:12.63 by Harry Taylor. MacGillivary moved to Australia two years ago and joined Hackett's program at Miami in Queensland. He will have to qualify for Olympic selection in Canada next July.