Felicity Galvez has upstaged 2009 Australian Swimmer of the Year and world champion Jessicah Schipper on the opening night of the national short course championships in Brisbane.
Galvez won the 200m butterfly in 2:04.76.
The reigning 50m and 100m FINA World Short Course champion went out in 58.74 before storming home in 1:06.02, to beat Sam Hamill (2:06.18) and Schipper, who had to settle for bronze in 2:07.12.
In ominous signs for her competition the 25-year-old Galvez, who is set to contest her fourth FINA World Short Course championship in Dubai in December if selected, didn’t nominate the 200m butterfly as a priority coming into the event.
“I don’t really train for the 200m butterfly so to get the win gives me great confidence going into the rest of the meet,” Galvez said.
“It’s a great honour to win a national title. We are so strong as a swimming nation, so to get up and win gold is just fantastic.”
With less than a second between the entire field, the men’s 200m freestyle lived up to all the hype as Olympian Nick Ffrost from the Queensland touched first in 1:45.12, to be only 0.10 in front of last year’s champion Tommaso D’Orsogna (1:45.22), while Kyle Richardson was third in 1:45.50.
The 23-year-old Ffrost, who late last year moved from the AIS in Canberra to train under Glenn Baker at Southport Olympic on the Gold Coast, was excited at claiming the long and short course 200m freestyle double, but would love to add a Commonwealth Game gold to his collection.
“At the most I’m sitting sixth fastest in the world and fastest in the Commonwealth. I’ve never been in this position before so I’m really looking forward to capitalising on it come October,” he said.
In the women’s 400m IM final teenager Sam Hamill backed up after securing silver in the 200m butterfly earlier in the night to trounce the field and win gold in emphatic fashion, stopping the clock at 4:32.58.
The Peter Gartrell coached Hamill led at every turn to dominate fellow Queensland teenagers Amy Levings (4:36.27) and 15-year-old Mikkayla Masselli-Sheridan, who snuck onto the dais with a 4:36.29.