World Class competition at State Open

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World class competition at the NSW State Open Swimming Championships on the weekend enabled Sydney University swimmers to produce some top quality performances of their own.

Competitors from New Zealand, Brazil, Sweden and Hong Kong plus the majority of Australia’s FINA World Championship hopefuls converged on Sydney Olympic park in what will be their last opportunity to compete before the Australian Championships and World Championship Trials in March.

The three day meet showed that the Sydney Uni swim stars, Matt Jaukovic and Jono Newton are up for the task ahead. Both were impressive in their respective 50 meter races.

Matt Jaukovic was in a NSWIS hat-trick in the men’s 50m butterfly with Olympic bronze medallist Lauterstein taking the gold in a new NSW record time of 23.65.  Jaukovic, the world short course record holder clocked a personal best of 23.86 and comeback king Geoff Huegill who was third in 24.05.

Jono Newton was a close third in the 50m Free and stopped the clock in 22.72 behind World Record holder Eamon Sullivan.

“The results of the meet are indicative of what can be expected at the Trials” said coach Steve Alderman. He added, “Both Matt and Jono are on track for a fast meet at the trials”. The Australian Swimming Championships are on between the 17th and 22nd of March and hopefully both will gain selection in the Australian Swimming Team for Rome.

Other SUSC Finalists:

Matt Jaukovic

4th 100m Fly 53.61

Kate Johnson

6th 200m Fly 2.17.66

17th 100m Fly 1.04.30

David Schnabl

= 9th 50m Back 27.69

David Wise

=9th 50m Back 27.69

18th 50m Fly 26.01

Alistair Pickles

13th 50m Breast 30.57

14th 100m Breast 1.08.42

Sam McConnell 14th 50m Fly 25.60

Andrew D’Ambrosio

16th 200m IM 2.10.37

James Etter

17th 100m Breast 1.09.27 PB!

16th 200m Breast 2.35.61

Gordon Willis

20th 100m Free 51.55 PB!