Australian Short Course Champs - Day 3
Sep 4, 1999
In the absence of the titleholder Matt Dunn, Justin Norris (55.85) who represened at his first international at the 99 Pan Pacs fought out a very close finish to head off a fast finishing Robert van der Zant (56.01).
Lori Munz coached by Rohan Taylor at Shoalhaven on the NSW south coast was too strong for this field (1:01.34). Lori is a relay gold medallist from the 98 Commonwealth Games, a minor medallist from WSC in Hong Kong and the 99 Pan Pacs.
The silver medal went to the Jim Fowlie trained swimmer Jacinta Van Lint (1:02.84) who hails from Albury in NSW; the bronze went to experienced Anna Windsor (1:03.19) who is coached by Graeme Dunn.
Anna is contemplating medical studies at the University of Sydney and hoping to make her second Olympic team in 2000.
Lori and Jacinta make the cut for Athens.
The early leader was Jade Winter QLD who represented in Atlanta in 96 without actually getting a swim. As they approached the 50m turn Mitchell and Cowley were closing fast and truned ahead of Winter (1:01.06) who held on to take out the bronze.
The Doug Frost coached Simon Cowley (1:00.21) held his usual strong steady breaststroke to take the gold from 96 Olympian Ryan Mitchell (1:00.63).
Cowley took both the 100 and 200m gold medals in breaststroke at the 99 Pan Pacs.
All three medallists made the cut with only two to be selected.
In a slow final there were no qualifiers for Athens. Harris (4:09.79) has however made the team via her 800m win.
Medley swimmer Zane King, in lane 7, led the early laps in a slow pace, with Greg Shaw in second position.
Justin Norris challenged in the third 50m and held on to take his second gold medal (1:57.10) of the night and will rely on his medley gold medal earlier tonight to make it to the Athens team in 2000 for the WSC - none of the other place getters made the cut.