Night 3 finals
The third and final day of the Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide was a successful one for the team, with the standout swims coming for Kaz Boskovic.
Kaz was crowned Australian Champion in the 100IM, his first gold medal at an Open National level. Kaz then added a bronze to his medal tally in one of the sports toughest events, the 400IM. Kaz’s time of 4.09.57 was a 2.21sec PB.
Jess Hansen won her 3rd medal from the meet finishing as second Australian in the 50 breaststroke timed finals in 30.86. Mikayla Smith finished as 6th Australian in the same event in a time of 31.95.
Other finalists on the night were;
Matt Temple, 4th (51.67) 100 fly & 10th 50 free (22.51)
Andrew Rice 6th 50 free (22.30) & 10th 100 back (54.23)
Bowen Gough 7th (53.05) 100 fly
Well done to all the Nunawading swimmers on a great meet and thank you to Scott Talbot for his leadership of the team.
The focus for the group now switches to State Championships as preparation as they head towards Commonwealth Games trials in the Gold Coast at the end of February 2018.
Day 3 heats
In the final day of heats at the 2017 Australian Short Course Championships, Nunawading had a number of swimmers compete and qualify for finals that evening;
Kaz Boskovic has another great chance to climb up onto the medal dais tonight, qualifying in 3rd place for the 400IM final.
Matthew Temple (4th) and Bowen Gough (8th) both qualified for the 100 fly final.
Matt Temple also qualified for the 50 free final in 7th place, he will be joined by Andrew Rice in 6th place. Caiden Gill narrowly missed qualifying for the final, finishing in 11th.
In other events, Jess Hansen finished in 15th place in the 200IM heats and Mikayla Smith 18th in the 200 fly.
Night 2 finals
Night 2 in Adelaide saw the Nunawading team earn 4 medals in a great day of racing.
Jess Hansen added a silver in the 200 breaststroke final to her gold won on night one. Jess’s time of 2.23.50 was right on her PB and she will head into the next phase of Commonwealth Games trial preparations with lots of confidence from her swims at the meet. Mikayla Smith gained more valuable open level experience placing 5th (4th Australian) in the same race in 2.25.57.
Kaz Boskovic had a great day in the water picking up 2 medals. His 1.55.77 in the 200IM earned him a silver medal, with his bronze medal coming in the 200 backstroke in a time of 1.54.06. Bowen Gough placed 7th (6th Australian) in the 200 backstroke in 1.56.58
Caiden Gill was the last finalist on the evening placing 7th in the 200 free final.
Non Olympic events are swum as timed finals at this meet with all heats being swum in the morning sessions.
Earlier in the day;
Matt Temple continued his strong form from the Victorian Short Course Championships finishing 2nd (23.62) in the 50 fly winning him his first Open National medal, a great feat for an 18 year old. Bowen Gough finished in 12th (24.75) in the same event.
Showing that she can swim more than just breaststroke , Jess Hanson finished in 10th place for the 100IM (1.03.47), with Mikayla Smith finishing in 14th place (1.04.52)
Day 2 heats
Day 2 of the heats at the Australian Short Course finals saw some more great swims from the Nunawading team.
After winning gold in the 100 breaststroke last night, Jess Hansen was back in the pool qualifying 3rd (2.26.63) for the 200 breaststroke final. Jess will be joined by Mikayla Smith who qualified in 7th place (2.28.37).
Bowen Gough, 5th in 1.56.45 and Kaz Boskovic, 6th in 1.56.59 qualified for the 200 backstroke final with Andrew Rice narrowly missing the final finishing in 11th in 1.58.23.
Kaz will be in for a big night of racing as he also qualified for the 200IM final in 5th place (1.58.69)
Caiden Gill will swim in the 200 free final after finishing 7th in 1.49.29), Bowen Gough placed 14th (1.51.84) in the same event.
Good luck to all the Nuna swimmers!
Night 1 finals
The first night of finals action in Adelaide saw Nunawading’s Jessica Hansen take the gold medal in the Women’s 100 breaststroke final in a time of 1.05.61.
In a closely contested race Jess beat out world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte (1.05.69) and Olympian Taylor McKeown (1.06.56) to take the gold medal. This is Jess’s first gold medal in an Open Australian Championships and will give her great confidence leading into the Commonwealth Games trials in February next year.
Mikayla Smith also swam well in the final placing 6th (5th Australian) in 1.08.37, beating her pre-meet personal best time for the season.
Bowen Gough was the second Nunawading swimmer to stand up on the medal dais on Thursday night, taking home a bronze medal as 3rd Australian in the Mens 200 fly final. Bowen finished in 1.55.59, 1.84sec ahead of his entry time. In the same event, Matt Temple finished 9th in 1.58.39. It was a big night of racing for Matt as he also competed in the 100 free final finishing 9th in 49.51.
In the Men’s 400 free final, Kaz Boskovic swam a personal best time of 3.50.46 to finish in 9th place.
Day 2 heats will be a busy one in the pool with the team competing in;
200 backstroke- Bowen Gough, Kaz Boskovic & Andrew Rice
200 breaststroke- Jess Hansen & Mikayla Smith
200 free- Caiden Gill & Bowen Gough
200IM- Kaz Boskovic
100IM- Mikayla Smith & Jess Hansen
50 fly- Matt Temple & Bowen Gough
The meet is live streamed on the Swimming Australian website with heats from 11.30am (Melb time) and finals from 7.30pm (Melb time)
Day 1 Heats
The first morning of heats at the 2017 Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide saw all of our Nuna team competing.
Kaz Boskovic swam a PB in the 400m freestyle in 3:51.22 to qualify 9th into the final.
Bowen Gough swam a 1 sec PB to be ranked 3rd into the 200m butterfly final in a time of 1:56.42. Matt Temple also swam a 1 sec PB in the same event to qualify 10th for the final in 1:58.21.
Jess Hansen and Mikayla Smith were up next in the 100m breaststroke with Jess swimming a 1:06.40 to be ranked 2nd into the final and Mikayla swam a PB 1:08.28 to be ranked 7th for the final.
The girls were followed by Matt Temple in the 100m freestyle. Matt swam a great race to qualify 6th for the final in 49.08. Matt is the youngest swimmer in the final. In the same event, Andrew Rice swam a great race to finish 12th in a PB of 49.69 (first time under 50sec). Caiden Gill also finished 18th in 50.27 and Bowen Gough finished 23rd in 51.14.
In the 50m backstroke, Andrew Rice finished 16th in 25.78.
Finals begin at 7.00pm (Adelaide time) and are being live streamed at https://www.swimming.org.au/LIVE-streaming.aspx