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2017 Australian Swimming Championships

Team Selection

At the end of the final night of racing Nunawading’s Josh Beaver and Jess Hansen were named onto the Australian Team to compete at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in August and Madi Scott was selected onto the Australian team to compete in the Para World Swimming Championships in Mexico City in September/October.
High Performance Coach Scott Talbot, was also selected as a member of the coaching team for the World Championships.

Congratulations to Jess, Josh, Madi and Scott and to all of the Nunawading team for their efforts at the Championships.

Day Five

In the final night of action, the Nunawading team picked up a further 3 bronze medals to complete a successful 2017 Australian Championships.

The 3 bronze medals went to Madi Scott in 50 fly MC final, Josh Beaver in the 50 back and the Womens 4 x 100 medley relay team of Sam Wilkins, Jess Hansen, Mikayla Smith and Julia Hawkins.

Finishing off a great meet, Andrew Rice swam in the 50 backstroke final finishing in 7th place.

There were also a number of B finalists on the final night, congratulations to Sam Wilkins (13th 200IM), Sophie Caldwell (15th 200IM), Kate Brooks (16th 200IM) and Julia Hawkins (14th 50 free)

Day Four

Jess Hansen was back in the water on day four for her last individual swim of the meet. Competing in the 200 breaststroke final, Jess swam to a bronze medal in a time of 2.30.62, adding to the silver she won in the 100 breaststroke earlier in the meet.

Madi Scott continued her quest for IPC Championship selection placing 4th in the 200IM MC final.

Kaz Boskovic finished 5th in the Mens 400IM final in a time of 4.23.39 and 18 year olds Mikayla Smith (7th 200 brst) and Bowen Gough (5th 200 fly) gained more Open finals experience in 2 great swims.

Day Three

Madi Scott was the stand out performer on night 3 of competition, winning a silver medal in the 100 fly MC final. After swimming a career PB in the heat that morning, Madi backed up her swim with another sub 1.10 swim in the final to claim second spot.

Josh Beaver added a bronze to his silver earned earlier in the meet finishing in third place in the Mens 100 backstroke final in 54.03.
Andrew Rice swam in his first Open National final in the same event finishing in 7th place in a pre-meet PB time of 56.63.

Kaz Boskovic continued his good form in the meet finishing in 4th place in the Mens 200IM final and Bowen Gough competed in the 100 back B final earlier in the evening finishing in 12th place over all.

Former Nunawading swimmer Brooke Hanson also took to the pool last night in a legends relay. Great to see Olympic silver medalist Brooke back in action on the big stage again!

Day One and Two- Josh is off to Budapest!

The first two days of the 2017 Australian Championships have been swum and it’s been a great start for the Nunawading team with Joshua Beaver qualifying for the World Championships.
Josh’s qualification came in the 200 backstroke final on night one where he raced current World Champion Mitch Larkin all the way to the wall, narrowly finishing in 2nd place. Most importantly, Josh’s time of 1.56.95 was under the qualification time for Budapest ensuring his first final for the meet booked his place on the team. Josh will hope to qualify for a second swim in the 100 backstroke final being held on Tuesday.

In another extremely close race Jessica Hansen earned a silver medal in the Womens 100 breaststroke final on Monday night, just 0.10sec behind winner Taylor McKeown. Unfortunately Jess’s time of 1.07.33 was just outside the automatic qualifying time for the World Championships, but the swim certainly shows that come Commonwealth Games trials in 2018, Jess will be one to watch.
Jess will be back in the pool on Wednesday for the 200 breaststroke.

Madi Scott also won a silver medal on night one as she aims to qualify for the IPC World Championship team. With a number of other priority swims remaining in the week, Madi’s 1.18.87 swim in the 100 breaststroke MC final was a positive start to the meet. Multi class team selection is not based on placings, so Madi will need to wait until the end of the meet to see if she has gained selection.

While the main focus of the Championships has been on team selection, there have been many positive swims from Nunawading athletes in finals over the first 2 days of competition.

Kaz Boskovic swam a big PB in the 200 backstroke final. His 5th placing time of 2.00.45 was over 4 seconds faster than his entry time and puts him in a great position leading into the 400IM and 200IM events over the next few days.

18 year old Bowen Gough took a big step forward in his transition from Age group to Open level swimming finishing 6th in the Mens 100 fly final in 53.49.  Bowen will be looking to build on this result for the rest of the meet and into Age Championships next week.

In one of the hardest events in swimming Samantha Wilkins competed in the 400IM final on Monday night finishing in 8th place in 4.58.22.

There have also been a number of ”B” finalists at the meet.
Well done to Andrew Rice (14th overall 200 backstroke), Mikayla Smith (10th overall 100 breaststroke) and Josh Hargreaves (15th overall 200 breaststroke).

The meet continues through till Thursday evening with finals broadcast nightly on channel 7 from 8.30pm.

Meet preview

The 2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships begin this Sunday 9th April and run through to Thursday 13th April in Brisbane.

This years National Championships also double as selection trials for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, the 2017 IPC World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico and the 2017 World University Games in Taipei City, Taiwan.

Nunawading has 13 athletes competing at the meet who will all be aiming to succeed on the National stage.

Some of the athletes to watch at the meet include;

Madeleine Scott– After a successful Paralympics in Rio where she won a relay bronze medal, Madi will be aiming to make the IPC World Championships in her first National meet as a Nunawading athlete. Madi’s best chances to make the team will be in the 100 breaststroke (Sunday), 100 fly and 200 IM (Tuesday).

Josh Beaver– The 200 backstroke final on night one (Sunday), will be Josh’s first chance to try and secure a spot on the World Championships team with the second being the 100 back  on Tuesday night. Josh competed in both events in Rio and will be hoping to do the same in Budapest. Josh will also compete in the 50 back on Thursday.

Jess Hansen– After showing some great form throughout this season, Jess will be looking to qualify for her first World Championships  and build on her experience from the 2016 World Short Course Championships. Jess’s first swim will be in Sunday in the 50 breaststroke, with her favored event the 100 breaststroke being swum on Monday. Jess’s final swim will be the 200 breaststroke on Wednesday.

Kazimir Boskovic– Kaz will be looking to mix it with the best  in the individual medley events as he swims for a place on the podium in the 200IM on Tuesday and the 400IM on Wednesday

Bowen Gough– 18 year old Bowen will be looking to gain valuable experience at the meet as he makes the transition from Age group to Open level swimming. Events to watch for Bowen include the 200 backstroke and the 200 fly. Following the National Championships Bowen will be straight back into the water to compete in his last Age Nationals the following week.

There will be Nunawading athletes in action everyday at the National Championships and we wish Josh Beaver, Kaz Boskovic, Kate Brooks, Sophie Caldwell, Bowen Gough, Jess Hansen, Josh Hargreaves, Julia Hawkins, Stephanie Moore, Andrew Rice, Madi Scott, Mikayla Smith and Sam Wilkins the best of luck over the 5 days of competition.

The team is supported by High Performance Coach Scott Talbot, Team Manager Iain Watson and cook Lib Cleal.

Finals each night will be broadcast live on channel 7 from 8.30pm with a daily wrap up on the Nunawading website and live results of heats and finals available HERE