Max Ackerman is a reserve for tonight's swimming semis

SWIMMING: Warwick swimmer Max Ackermann is one of two reserves for tonight's semi finals of the men's 100m backstroke at the Australian Swimming Championships and Commonwealth Games trials at the Sleeman Swimming Centre at Chandler.

Ackermann was 18th in the preliminaries in a time of 56.75 seconds to narrowly miss qualifying for the semis. He will only get the chance to swim tonight if two semi-finalists withdraw due to illness or injury.

It was a strong performance by Ackermann who went into the heats seeded with a time of 56.92 and bettered it by .17.

Commonwealth Games medallist Ashley Delaney will be the one to beat in the semi-finals qualifying half a second quicker than the rest of the field in 53.85.

Ben Treffers from the National Training Centre in Canberra was second through in 54.37 with Mitchell Larkin third overall in 54.88.

The fastest eight in the semi finals will qualify for the final tonight. WED

Ackermann has his best event to come, the 50m backstroke, with heats on Thursday.

A former The Scots PGC College student and WND/WCU Junior Sports Star of the Month and encouragement award winner, Ackermann is studying engineering at the University of Queensland.



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