March 23, 2008
SYDNEY, Australia - Auburn's Matt Targett and Rachel Goh were back in action Sunday at the 2008 Telestra Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney, Australia. The meet is being used as a selection meet for the Australian National Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Both swimmers are taking the year off from the Auburn swimming and diving team as the Olympic selection meet conflicts with the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The women's championships are currently in their final day with the men's NCAA Championships slated for March 27-29.
Targett had the top finish of the day as he won the 50m butterfly with a time of 23.51, beating out his nearest competition by a tenth of a second. Targett swam a 23.44 in the semi-finals to advance to the final round.
Goh's top swim came in the 50m backstroke as she finished third in the finals with a time of 29.42, finishing behind first-place Sophie Edington (27.67). Goh swam a 29.62 in the semi-finals to advance to the finals.
She also earned another finals appearance on Sunday as she finished eighth in the 100m backstroke semi-finals with a time of 1:02.38. The top eight swimmers from the semis advance to the finals.
In the final round, she will have to out-swim Emily Seebohm as she posted the fastest semi-final time of 59.78. Goh advanced to the semi-finals after swimming a 1:02.67 in prelims.
Action in the meet continues Monday and goes through next Saturday, March 29.