Warwick swimmer Max Ackermann, (left) pictured at QAS training, has qualified fourth for the final of the 50m backstroke at the Australian championships.
Warwick swimmer Max Ackermann, (left) pictured at QAS training, has qualified fourth for the final of the 50m backstroke at the Australian championships. Kevin Farmer

Max eyes Games

MAX Ackermann can now aim for the 2014 Commonwealth Games after swimming the fourth fastest time in the semi-finals of the 50m backstroke at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide on Wednesday night.

Ackermann was third in his heat in 26.03 seconds and fourth fastest qualifier for last night's final. The fastest swimmer in the semi-final was Benja Treffers in 25.13.

If it was an Olympic event, Ackermann would only have had to improve two places to make the team. While 50m freestyle events are contested in the Olympics, 50m races are not contested in other strokes.

An Australian championship was up for grabs in the 50m backstroke last night.

The event is contested at the Commonwealth Games and World Aquatic Championships.

If Ackermann can continue his hard training at Chandler in between part-time engineering studies at the University of Queensland, he can aim for the Australian team for the 2013 World Aquatic Championships in Barcelona on July 19-August 4.

His time on Wednesday night would have secured eighth spot in the final of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, so Glasgow in 2014 is also a possibility.

A past student of The Scots PGC College, Ackermann was a long-time member of the Warwick Swimming Club before moving to Brisbane to further his education and swimming.

He was 13th overall in the 100m early in the carnival.



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