Bronte Campbell Returns to Winners Circle At NSW State Short Course Championships
Next stop the Australian Short Course Championships at the Sydney Sprints Meet for dual Olympic gold medallist Bronte Campbell after returning to the winners circle yesterday.
The 29-year-old took out the 100m freestyle at the NSW State Short Course Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, clocking 52.52.
Swimming for the ACT-based Cruiz Swimming Club under Olympic gold medal coach Shannon Rollason, Campbell was out in 24.98 and home in 27.54, pleasing Rollason, who later confirmed she would start at the Australian Championships in two weeks – September 13-16.
The four-day Nationals will also be swum at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Campbell, who beat Sydney Brown (Wests Illawarra) 54.12 and Clare Robertson (Warringah Aquatic) 55.75, will line up in the 50m freestyle today.
Brown went on to win the 50m butterfly in 26.69 ahead of Claudia Fydler (Knox Pymble) 27.31 and Commonwealth Youth Games silver medallist Lillie McPherson (Manly) 27.53 before finishing second to Campbell’s Cruiz teammate Abbey Webb in the 200m freestyle – who won the title in 1:56.67 to Brown’s 1.58.11 with Sarah Locke (Wests Illawarra) third in 1:59.79.
Campbell, the five-time World Championship gold medallist made her return to swimming after the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 at the Sydney Open Meet in May this year, after linking with Rollason in Canberra – dividing her sessions between the ACT and Sydney.
Another to catch the eye in Sydney has been Campbell’s Olympic teammate, distance specialist Madeleine Gough (Carlile; Chris Nesbit) who won the 400m freestyle in 4:06.73 and who is entered to swim the 800m today.