Melanie Schlanger
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Swim stars fall short of the podium at nationals

RISING star Brittany Elmslie and old stager Melanie Schlanger both failed to fire in the 200m freestyle final at the national championships in Adelaide last night.

Elmslie, 18, went into the race as the fastest qualifier, but was swamped by fellow Queenslanders Bronte Barrett and Kylie Palmer and New South Wales' Emma McKeon.

Barrett won in 1:56.05sec, with Coast product Elmslie fourth in 1:57.15.

Palmer (1:56.66) and McKeon (1:56.77) were second and third respectively, while Coast export Schlanger was fifth (1:58.07).

Much was expected of Elmslie - who won the 100m butterfly final on Saturday night - after her semi-final time.

She was the third-ranked Australian going into the event behind McKeon and Palmer.

BRISBANE-based Elmslie gets a chance to redeem herself when the 100m freestyle heats begin this morning.

Schlanger will also contest the 100m freestyle, her pet event.

Elmslie, who overcame a five-week bout of sinusitis prior to the nationals, is the fifth seed for the 100m freestyle while Schlanger is seeded No.2.

Schlanger finished fourth in that event at the London Olympics, but is yet to recapture that type of form this year.

Meanwhile, Kawana Waters' London Olympian Samantha Hamill has qualified fastest for tonight's 200m butterfly semi-final.

Hamill, who last Friday missed a spot in the 100m butterfly final, clocked 2:08.92.

Fellow Queenslander Amy Smith was second fastest (2:10.71).

Sunshine Coast teenagers Remy Fairweather (2:16.16) and Tianni Gilmore (2:16.90) missed a spot in the semis after finishing 17th and 18th respectively.

In the 100m freestyle, Pelican Waters' Isaiah Nelson was eliminated in the heats with the 38th-fastest time.


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