2019 AUSTRALIAN WORLD SWIMMING TRIALS
- Sunday, June 9th – Friday, June 14th
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
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WOMEN’S 100 BACK – PRELIM
- Australian National Record – 58.23, Emily Seebohm 2012
- Worlds QT – 59.82
- Top 8:
There’s quite the age spread of the top 8 women headed into tonight’s final in the 100m backstroke, with 15-year-old Molly O’Callaghan representing the youngest and 31-year-old Holly Barratt representing the oldest competitor.
First, taking the top seed, is World Junior Record holder Minna Atherton, the 19-year-old Brisbane Grammar training partner of World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Emily Seebohm. Atherton punched the wall in a time of 59.25 to represent the only swimmer of the morning under the minute, mark, but she’ll need to repeat the feat in tonight’s final to qualify for the World Championships.
Seeobhm was right behind in 1:00.26, while last night’s qualifier in the 200m IM, Kaylee McKeown, is in the mix with a mark of 1:00.74. Olympian Madi Wilson of Marion is sitting 4th in 1:01.34, while Barratt earned a finals slot in 1:01.48.
Atherton has already been as fast as 59.71 this season, having taken the Aussie National title in April. McKeown was 59.88 at that same meet, while Wilson has yet to be under the minute threshold this year.
Seebohm can never be counted out, holding the Aussie National Record in the 58.23 logged back in 2012, while her quickest in recent months was the 58.72 registered at last year’s Pan Pacs for silver behind Canada’s Kylie Masse.
MEN’S 100 BACK – PRELIM
- Australian National Record – 52.11, Mitch Larkin 2015
- Worlds QT – 53.76
- Top 8:
- Mitch Larkin, 53.18
- Bradley Woodward, 54.75
- Travis Mahoney, 55.04
- William Yang, 55.11
- Jordan Merrilees, 55.99
- Kevin Kalember, 56.29
- Zac Incerti, 56.33
- Tom Jeffires, 56.41
The men’s 100m backstroke saw its expected leader, Mitch Larkin, take to the top seed of the morning, but perhaps the surprise was the 25-year-old’s time. Entering this meet, Larkin’s season-fastest was the 53.51 produced at April’s Aussie National Championships, but tonight he laid waste to that outing with a big-time 53.18.
Splitting 26.16/27.02, Larkin manhandled tonight’s field, with his 53.18 holding over a second and a half advantage over the next closest competitor of Bradley Woodward. Woodward clocked 54.75 to mark the only other sub-55 second swimmer of the field, with veteran Travis Mahoney of Marion earning the 3rd seed tonight in 54.75.
Larkin’s time this morning now checks the St. Peters Western athlete in as the 7th fastest performer in the world this season, giving us a preview into what the 2-time World Champion may have in store come tonight’s final.
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST – PRELIM
- Australian National Record – 1:05.09, Leisel Jones, 2006
- Worlds QT – 1:06.81
- Top 8:
- Jessica Hansen, 1:07.33
- Georgia Bohl, 1:07.94
- Jenna Strauch, 1:08.73
- Leiston Pickett, 1:08.77
- Abbey Harkin, 1:09.08
- Tessa Wallace, 1:09.32
- Taylor McKeown, 1:09.34/Jessica Eriksson, 1:09.34 (SWE)
- Zoe Deacon, 1:10.52
Jessica Hansen snared the pole position for tonight’s women’s 100m breaststroke race, although the top 8 played their cards fairly closely to their chests. Hansen earned the top spot in 1:07.33, within range of her own personal best of 1:06.20 logged in Tokyo last year for Pan Pacs silver.
She’ll need to be on par with that performance in order to clinch a World Championships berth, with the Aussie-mandated QT sitting at a stiff 1:06.81. Her fastest thus far in 2019 was the 1:07.48 that earned her silver behind Abbey Harkin at Nationals in April.
Harkin’s time there in Adelaide was 1:07.83, while the St. Peters Western athlete touched the wall in 1:09.08 to claim the 5th seed this morning.
Griffith University’s Georgia Bohl has proven she’s capable of that QT type of time, holding a PB of 1:06.12, although it was from the 2016 Nationals. She wrangled up bronze last year on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, but mustered just a 1:07.22, a mark about a half a second outside the QT needed for Gwangju. Bohl most recently was 1:08.59 in April for 4th at Nationals.
In the mix is 22-year-old Bond athlete Jenna Strauch, the woman who snared bronze at Nationals in a time of 1:07.79, a lifetime best.
Taylor McKeown, Olympic finalist and elder sister of yesterday’s 200m IM winner Kaylee McKeown, also moves safely into the final with a 7th seeded time of 1:09.34.
MEN’S 200 FREE – PRELIM
- Australian National Record – 1:44.06, Ian Thorpe, 2001
- Worlds QT – 1:46.28
- Top 8:
- Alex Graham, 1:46.14
- Kyle Chalmers, 1:46.35
- Clyde Lewis, 1:47.10
- Cameron McEvoy, 1:47.43
- Jack McLoughlin, 1:47.52
- Mack Horton, 1:47.83
- Elijah Winnington, 1:48.11
- Thomas Fraser-Holmes, 1:48.55
The men’s 200m free is one of the most anticipated finals of these Australian World Swimming Trials, with athletes vying not only for individual qualifying spots, but also a coveted seat on the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
The field was fierce this morning, with 24-year-old Alex Graham surging to the top of the pack in a mark of 1:46.14, a new personal best for the Bond athlete. Graham finished 6th in this event on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, finishing with a mark of 1:47.01 in the final.
That performance fueled Graham to hit an even lower mark of 1:46.35 in the prelims of the men’s 200m free at last year’s Pan Pacs, where he ultimately hit home in 1:46.50 for 5th place, the highest finish of any Australian man in the event in Tokyo. Graham needs to replicate his sub-1:46.28 performance in tonight’s final to seal his spot on the Gwangju roster.
Running right behind Graham, however, is Commonwealth Games champion and Australian National title holder in this event Kyle Chalmers. King Kyle produced an easy morning swim of 1:46.35, splitting 51.95/54.40 to claim the 2nd seed in 1:46.35.
1:46.30 is what the Marion Olympic champion threw down for the Aussie National title back in April, one of four he would win in addition to the 100m free, 100m fly and 50m free there in Adelaide. Chalmers’ easy speed this morning is a good indication that he’s ready to take the meet title once again and punch his ticket to next month’s World Championships.
Challengers for a relay spot include 3rd seeded Clyde Lewis of St Peters Western, who clocked 1:47.10 for 3rd, while the fastest 100m freestyler ever in a textile suit, Cameron McEvoy of TSS Aquatics lurks as the 4th seed in 1:47.43.
19-year-old Bond athlete Elijah Winnington represents the fastest Australia of the 2018/19 season, having clocked a remarkable 1:46.13 for a new World Junior Record back in December at the Queensland Championships. However, Winnington fell short in the men’s 400m freestyle last night, so his performance tonight is something that may be more difficult to predict than originally thought.
Bringing up the rear in the top 8 is mainstay Thomas Fraser-Holmes, the IM specialist who has also been a dependable veteran in this 200 freestyle event. He earned a time of 1:48.55 this morning, but holds a season-best of 1:48.93 to put his name in the hat for a possible relay spot.
The women’s 1500m free will be recapped with tonight’s finals.