Travis not short on success at swim titles

30 Oct 2017

BARELY 36 hours after an outstanding effort at the recent Australian Short Course Swimming Championships at Oaklands Park Travis Mahoney returned to the near vicinity of his success.

But it was to take in a movie at the Westfield Shoppingtown, with other athletes, before hitting the pool again.

Mahoney, 27, won gold in the 200m backstroke, 400m IM, and 4X100m medley relay with fellow SASI athletes Kyle Chalmers, Joshua Palmer and Andrew Abood.

Mahoney also won a silver medal in the 200m IM but claimed the Australian title as the first Aussie across the line behind the Japanese gold medallist Daiya Seto.

And in a quirky trifecta for Marion and SASI swimmers Mahoney finished third in the men's 100m free behind Chalmers and Abood - the trio lining up alongside each other in the lanes in the heats and final.

''That was awesome to get the top three in that event,'' he said.

''And the meet itself was great fun. I had my family over watching me. Girl friend Phoebe Bell (SASI and Australian volleyballer) and some of the other volleyballers from SASI were also there cheering in the stands.

''For me, it was good to have that confidence again to swim really close to my best times.

''While it was busy the short course events are a bit easier to back up from. Doing multiple events is not too bad.

''I would say these swims would be the best I have done since the Olympics and moving to Adelaide which has been a big, but good move.''

For the time being it is back to hard training locally for Mahoney followed by a training camp at the Gold Coast pool where the Commonwealth Games swimming will be held.

Various State championships will give him and others a chance to finetune their preparations.

Mahoney hopes to be at his best for the Australian swimming titles, which is also the selection meet for the Commonwealth Games.

The titles will be at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre between February 28 and March 3.

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