The future of Australian swimming looks bright

AUSTRALIA added four more medals to the team tally on the final night of competition at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Just a week after the Pan Pacs here on the Gold Coast, Australia’s emerging swimming stars showed they’ve got what it takes on the world stage.

Yesterday, Australia finished with a total to 16 with two gold, nine silver and five bronze.


Matthew Wilson proved his potential in the pool when he set a new Australian Age record for the third time in the boy’s breaststroke events.

The 15-year-old, who set a new Australian Age record in the boy’s 100m breaststroke and also in the heats of the 200m breaststroke, re-wrote the record books once again in the final, dropping over a second from his morning swim to bag the bronze medal in a time of 2:14.71.

The gold medal went to Ryuya Mura from Japan in 2:13.55 while the silver went to Mura’s teammate Rintaro Okubo 2:13.75.

In the boy’s and girl’s splash and dash 50m freestyle finals, Australia’s sprinters proved a force to be reckoned with as Blake Jones and Lucy McJannettpicked up a silver and bronze medal respectively.

Eighteen-year-old Jones, who anchored the boy’s 4x100m freestyle relay to silver earlier in the meet, stormed past Canada’s Cameron Kidd (27.69) to steal the silver medal at the wall in a time of 27.67, while the gold medal went to Paul Powers from the USA in a meet record time of 22.20.

Australia’s Vincent Dai was just outside his best, clocking a 22.81 to finish equal fourth in the A final.

In the corresponding girl’s event, McJannett was stroke for stroke with Amy Bilquist from the USA and Menghui Zhu from China with the trio in a tight tussle for the title. The gold eventually went to Bilquist who touched in 25.04 with Zhu second in 25.12 and McJannett third in 25.38.

Four-time medallist from the meet Shayna Jack finished off a successful competition with fifth place in the A final with a time of 25.71.

At the other end of the distance spectrum Moesha Johnson pulled off a magical 1500m freestyle final to smash her personal best time by almost 28 seconds and secure the silver medal in a time of 16:31.96.

Johnson’s teammate Tamsin Cook (16:33.72), who was trying her hand at the distance event for the first time, almost swam her way onto the podium, missing the bronze medal by just 0.12 of a second.

The gold medal was awarded to Sierra Schmidt in 16:28.61 with Isabel Rongione rounding out the top three in 16:33.60.