Relays will have to do for swimmers who fail to place well
SUNSHINE Coast products and Olympic gold medallists Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger have again failed to secure individual berths for the World Championships, falling short at the Australian Championships in Adelaide last night.
Elmslie and Schlanger were forced to settle for fifth and sixth place respectively in the final of the women's 100m freestyle, which was won by Brisbane's Cate Campbell.
Campbell touched the wall in 52.92sec, ahead of her sister Bronte (53.85) and Alicia Coutts (54.09).
The performances of Elmslie (54.20) and 2012 champion Schlanger (54.29) should be enough to get them in Australia's 100m freestyle relay squad at Barcelona.
They are also expected to be in Australia's 200m free
style relay squad after finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the final of that event on Monday.
But both swimmers, who were part of Australia's victorious 100m freestyle relay squad in London, had been eager to make their mark at an individual level.
Elmslie could still claim an individual berth at Barcelona if granted special exemption from Swimming Australia to compete in the 100m butterfly.
She finished second behind Coutts in that final last Saturday night and her time of 58.02 was quicker than FINA's A-qualifying mark, but 0.05 second slower than the national body's own strict standard.
Elmslie, 18, and Schlanger, 26, still have the 50m freestyle on their schedule at Adelaide, but it is not known if Schlanger will compete as she has been troubled by a fractured rib during the meet.
That event starts today and among the contenders is Sunshine Coast surf lifesaver and 1998 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rebecca Creedy.
Also yesterday, Mountain Creek's Chelsea Gubecka earned a spot in tonight's 800m final when she logged the fifth-fastest qualifying time (8:42.28).
The 14-year-old already has a berth in the national team, having won the open-water 10km race at Lake Macquarie in January.
She also won the 1500m freestyle final (in 16:22.35) on Sunday night.
Pelican Waters swimmer Isaiah Nelson just missed out on a spot in the 50m freestyle semis after clocking the 19th-fastest time (23.40) in yesterday's heats.
Elmslie withdrew from the 50m butterfly and Kawana Waters' Remy Fairweather pulled out of the 800m freestyle.