Local favourite Leiston Pickett has qualified for the Commonwealth Games, after claiming her sixth national title on night three of the Australian Swimming Trials at the Optus Aquatic Centre in Southport.
She won the 50m breaststroke in a B qualifying time of 30.60 on Friday night, to give herself a chance of winning a third consecutive Commonwealth Games title.
While Ariarne Titmus kicked her way into swimming’s history books – becoming the first swimmer in 14 years and only the sixth Australian ever to take out the 200, 400 and 800 metres freestyle treble.
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The 17-year-old also claimed a personal best time in the 800m event, hitting the wall in 8:20.08 – the second fastest time ever by an Australian.
“I’m really happy I’m on the team now and I get to do those three swims (200m free, 400m free, 800m free at the Commonwealth Games),” Titmus said.
“I obviously have some things to work on leading into the Games, so it’s something I can look forward to.”
Olympic silver medallist Mitch Larkin showed why he will again be a force to be reckoned with at his second Commonwealth Games – winning the 200m backstroke in 1:56.60 and then finishing second (in 1:59.01) to team mate Clyde Lewis (1:58.36) in the 200m individual medley.
And in the closest finish of the night 16-year-old Kaylee McKeown out-touched two-time world champion Emily Seebohm in the 200m backstroke by the narrowest of margins 2:08.23 to 2:08.24.
Day four of the trials is underway with the last of the finals to be held tonight.