‘Aussie’ Ellen makes her mark
FORMER Brit Ellen Gandy showed she was ready to make a splash for Australia with a record-breaking victory on the final night of the national short course titles in Sydney.
The 22-year-old (pictured) moved to Australia with her family when she was 16, but continued to represent Great Britain, winning medals at world, European and Commonwealth level.
She flopped at the London Olympics, however, finishing 17th in the heats of the 200m butterfly, saying afterwards, "I felt like I was in limbo - I didn't feel Australian, but I didn't feel British either".
After sitting out the past year to qualify for Australia, Gandy returned to her best with a 2:02.88 swim in the 200m fly final in Sydney, beating the Commonwealth record of 2:03.20 previously held by Canada's Audrey Lacroix, and also beating Jessica Schipper's Australian record of 2:03.27.
The final night also saw Alicia Coutts and Kenneth To notch their fifth gold medals of the meet. Coutts lowered the Commonwealth and Australian marks in the 200m IM, while To set a new Australian all-comers record with victory in the 100m IM, before also taking out the 50m freestyle.