Records galore: Spartans clean up at virtual short course
USC Spartans have rocketed out of the blocks to claim several world records during the Hancock Prospecting Australian Virtual Short Course.
Swimmers from all over the country rejoiced as they dived back into the pool in five different states.
Kicking off in Melbourne on Thursday night, followed by Perth and Sydney on Friday, the results became apparent as the first events were concluded in Hobart and Brisbane on Saturday morning.
Kaylee McKeown, Madeleine McTernan (S14), Katja Dedekind (S13), Braedan Jason (S12), Jacob Templeton (S13) and Blake Cochrane (SB7) all took out world records during the first session in Brisbane.
USC Spartan's McKeown knocked off Hungarian Katinka Hosszu's 2014 world record (1:59.23) when she set a blistering time of 1:58.94 in the Women's 200m backstroke.
"Short course is something we don't get to very often so I was excited to see what I could put up after some solid training this year," McKeown said.
"I headed over to my teammates and my coach and they said, you just got a world-record, and I was like, what? I didn't actually know till a few minutes later."
St Hilda's McTernan (S14) took out first place in the Women's 400m Freestyle Multi-class with a world-record time of 4:35.56.
USC Spartan's Katja Dedekind (S13) came in second, also in a world record time of 4:30.66.
USC Spartan teammates Jason (4:05.05) and Templeton (4:06.62) both picked up world records in the Men's 400m Freestyle Multi-class.
Jason, who is now in the S12 class, won the event on points with Templeton second and Kawana's Waters Liam Schulter (S14) picking up third.
It was a very successful session for USC Spartans as Cochrane also claimed a world record in the Men's 50m Breaststroke Multi-class in a time of 34.45.
The three top spots all came from the Brisbane leg of the meet as Central Cairns Grant Patterson (SB2,1:01.03) and Carina League's Jake Michel (SB14, 30.00) touched in second and third, respectively.
"I wanted to post a pretty good time, my goal for this race was to focus on the things we have been targeting for the last couple of weeks," said Cochrane.
"A world record is one of the unique things you get to experience as an athlete and I have been very grateful that I have been lucky enough to achieve a couple of the years.
"Short course is certainly a completely different beast to what long course is, so to be able to step up this weekend after all the things that have happened this year - we wanted to post really fast times and we have been able to do that."
Young gun Lani Pallister (Cotton Tree) knocked off her own Australian record when she won the Women's 800m Freestyle in a time of 8:10.12.
She was joined in the podium positions by current Olympic team member Kareena Lee (Noosa) and Phoebe Hines (USC Spartans) who swam 8:14.13 and 8:16.32 respectively.
Full results of all raced in the first session from all five states can be found here.