World champion James Magnussen (AUS) stamped his authority on the 100m free on the third evening of action at the Queensland State Championships in Brisbane, 48.63 the time on the clock at a moment of training for bigger things.
The race was the 20-year-old's first serious outing over 100m free since he lifted the world crown in Shanghai last July. Those closest to feeling the impact of The Missile were Matt Targett (49.15) and the 17-year-old who beat Magnussen over 200m on day 1, Cameron McEvoy, whose 49.19 established an Australian 17-years age record inside Ian Thorpe’s 49.45 from 2000.
Magnussen's coach Brant Best was non too pleased by his pupil's performance, according to the swimmer, who said: "I was pretty happy with that swim, though I can’t really say the same for my coach, he wasn’t too pleased. But that’s what this meet was about, finding little things that I needed to work on ahead of next year’s trials in Adelaide."
Olympic 50m freestyle bronze medallist Cate Campbell, 19, took the women's 100m free in 53.82 ahead of fast-finishing Melanie Schlanger (53.85) and Yolane Kukla (55.22). The victory confirmed a good recovery for Campbell who suffered chronic fatigue and post viral fatigue earlier this year but has packed the muscle on since.
“I have put on ten kilo’s since this year’s trials and am starting to reap the rewards of a better diet,” said Campbell. “That was my best swim in a textile suit, so I am not only happy but very surprised, especially to do it at a state meet.”
At the other end of the spectrum, Katie Goldman took the 800m freestyle in 8:24.71, silver and bronze going to Jessica Ashwood (8:31.21) and 10km ace Melissa Gorman (8:33.07). The men took on the 1500m, victory going to Olympic 400m champion Park Tae Hwan (KOR) in 15:17.37, ahead of Wally Eggleton, on 15:23.45 and Jordan Harrison, on 15:27.54.
In other action, Chris Wright claimed the 200m butterfly in 1:57.94 ahead of Jayden Hadler (2:00.37) and Travis Nederpelt (2:00.40); Australia-based Brit Ellen Gandy took the women's equivalent (2:09.13) ahead of former world champion Jess Schipper (2:10.48) and Amy Smith (2:11.65); Emily Seebohm took the 200m backstroke in 2:10.59 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyo Fukuda (2:12.91), with Jenni O’Neill and Ellen Fullerton joint third in 2:13.57; and the men's long backstroke went to Matt Hawes in 1:59.29, 18-year-old Josh Beaver (2:00.04) and Australian record holder Ashley Delaney (2:00.90) taking the minor spoils.