Jess Ashwood Adds Australia Short-Course 1500m Free Mark Of 15:43 To Fine Season

Jessica Ashwood, courtesy of Swimming Australia

Jessica Ashwood, a breakthrough long-course season behind her, took down the national 1500m freestyle mark of 15:43.83 at the Australian short-course championships in Sydney this evening.

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Jessica Ashwood, a breakthrough long-course season behind her, took down the national 1500m freestyle mark of 15:43.83 at the Australian short-course championships in Sydney this evening.

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for33

Really great news for Ms. Ashwood. Hopefully she can continue making progress steadily, as well as continue strengthening her character and resolve for the more challenging environment of international competition.

It’s great that both Campbell sisters will challenge themselves in the 200m freestyle. I’m very curious as to where they are in this race. Although it’s probably just wishful thinking, it’d be great if they both could help in the 4x200m freestyle relay, which has to face the seemingly unbeatable American team. Also hoping that Sweden can put up a surprise in that race.

commonwombat

Realistically “nothing to report about” with tonight’s results. Ashwood’s time is excellent but she is several levels above anyone else in that field.

Doubt the Campbell entry in the 200free (if they actually swim it) is anything more than a training exercise. Bronte in the 50back is maybe less of a shock. She did have a World Cup outing over this distance a little while back and knocked out a 28.39; nothing earth-shattering but probably a time that would see her make the final at Nationals should she ever dip her toe in the water.

Craig Lord

An Australian record in swimming is always “something to report about”, commonwombat 🙂

commonwombat

Fair point, Craig and taking nothing away from what was clearly a quality swim by Ashwood. It is indeed a promising omen that she can take it further from her 2015 international outings.

It just seems that these longer distance events at this meet will be “non events” with either substandard entrants or purely time trial exercises for any “quality” entrant such as Ashwood.

Craig Lord

Yes, I see what you mean, Commonwombat… we see similar far and wide for various reasons – 50m events stacked high with numbers – few doing the 1500s etc. And that is encouraged not only at elite level but at the level of developing nations that send their token representatives to swim the 1 and 2 lappets, rarely is development stretched to a 400 or upwards because genuine development of swimming is not taking hold in the majority of FINA members nations – and that’s been the cases for many years now, despite some good efforts in terms of knowledge transfer and local people making a go of it in difficult circumstances, political and otherwise.

Crannman

Larkin went a new PB in the 50m bk prelims this morning (23.31) expect him to break 23 tonight !

Crannman

Correction; Larkins PB is 23.18

Craig Lord

Correct, Crannman: world titles last year.

Wez

Marvelous swimming by the Aussie woman tonight in particular.
51.3, 1:59.4 200 back. Stand out swimming.

Great time from Mitch Larkin. 22.91.
An effort that i think should be applauded was Cam Macevoy in the 400 free.

I am very pleased with these swims. Christian Sprenger was great on 26.7 – looking promising but not challenging Peaty and VDB just yet..
http://www.swimvortex.com/emily-seebohm-riding-golden-wave-to-rio-with-a-159-australian-200-back-record/

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