2019 AUSTRALIAN WORLD SWIMMING TRIALS
- Sunday, June 9th – Friday, June 14th
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
- Meet Site
- Swimming Australia 2019 World Championships – Selection Policy
- Day 1 Prelims Recap/Day 1 Finals Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Recap/Day 2 Finals Recap
- Day 3 Prelims Recap/Day 3 Finals Recap
- Day 4 Prelims Recap/Day 4 Finals Recap
- Live Results
- Live Stream
WOMEN’S 100 FREE – PRELIMS
- Australian National Record – 52.03, Cate Campbell, 2018
- Worlds QT – 53.20
- Top 8:
The world is watching this women’s 100m freestyle race to not only know whom they’ll face in the individual 100m free race in Gwangju, but also what combination of weapons will represent teh green and gold on the 4x100m free relay.
Wasting no time getting under the Aussie-mandated QT for Worlds was 27-year-old national record holder Cate Campbell. The Simon Cusack-trained Olympian clocked an easy morning effort of 52.87 to notch the only sub-53 second time of the field and land lane 4 for tonight’s final.
C1 already owns the fastest mark in the world this year with her 52.35 statement-maker at the Australian Nationals in April. Tonight her splits of 25.77/27.10 produced another outing worthy of putting the world on notice for next month.
Carrying the momentum of her 100m fly and 200m free victories already here in Brisbane is 25-year-old Griffith University star Emma McKeon. McKeon snared the 2nd fastest time of the morning, hitting the wall in 53.06, not too far off her season-best of 52.84 that garnered silver behind C1 in Adelaide.
20-year-old Shayna Jack produced a lifetime best already here in the women’s 200m free to punch her ticket to Gwangju as a member of that 4x200m relay, but the St. Peters Western standout has the 100m free on her mind as well. She threw down a solid 53.21 for the 3rd seed, only .01 off of the time she clocked at Aussie Nationals.
Marion’s Madi Wilson is looking sharp as the 4th seed in 53.88, a new personal best for the Olympian. C2, Bronte Campbell, made the final comfortably as the 5th seed in 53.93.
MEN’S 200 BACK – PRELIMS
- Australian National Record – 1:53.17, Mitch Larkin 2015
- Worlds QT – 1:56.11
- Top 8:
On-fire Mitch Larkin followed up his Aussie National Record-breaking 200m IM stunner from last night with a smooth 1:58.11 200m back this morning. He was just 1 of 3 swimmers who dipped under the 2:00 threshold in this 2back series of heats, followed by Jorden Merrilees‘ 1:59.47 and Bradley Woodward‘s 1:59.97.
Merrilees’ personal best in this event rests at the 1:58.58 logged at last year’s Pan Pac Trials, while Woodward’s speediest is represented by 1:56.42 he logged at the same meet.
Both men will need to be at their absolute best to come near the stiff 1:56.11 QT, especially Merrilees who’d need to drop over 2 seconds to make the cut.
Of note, two 16-year-olds are headed into tonight’s final in the form of 5th seeded All Saints swimmer Thomas Hauck and 7th seeded UWSC athlete Joshua Edwards-Smith.
Hauck has been wreaking havoc on the Aussie age group record boards for some time and he is on the prowl to dip under the 2:00 threshold for the first time ever in tonight’s final.
Edwards-Smith, on the other hand, has made sub-2:00 happen already, nailing a personal best of 1:57.82 to snag the Age Group National Title this past April.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – PRELIMS
- Australian National Record – 2:20.54, Leisel Jones 2006
- Worlds QT – 2:23.74
- Top 8:
Olympic finalist in this event, Taylor McKeown of Griffith University, claimed the top seed in the women’s 200m breast with a time of 2:26.84. That’s her quickest of the season, beating out her 2:27.65 from the Sydney Open Meet just last month.
Since finishing 5th in Rio with a time of 2:22.43, 24-year-old McKeown has been absent from major podiums. She finished 7th at the 2017 World Championships (2:23.06) and 5th at the Commonwealth Games on her home turf (2:25.51).
As such, the woman is on a mission to get a chance to race in Gwangju, but she has a fired up rival behind her in Jenna Strauch of Bond. The 22-year-old produced a new lifetime best in this event en route to winning her first senior national title in a time of 2:24.88, a time just over a second from the 2:23.74 QT they’ll all be seeking tonight.
MEN’S 200 BREAST – PRELIMS
- Australian National Record – 2:07.16, Matthew Wilson 2019
- Worlds QT – 2:08.80
- Top 8:
All eyes are on 20-year-old SOSC swimmer Matthew Wilson, as he swims his first race since absolutely throwing down the hammer at the Aussie Nationals with a new Australian and Commonwealth Record. Competing in Adelaide last April, Wilson raced the swim of his life, firing off a new Aussie standard of 2:07.16.
That time took over the previous Aussie standard held by Christian Sprenger from 2009 and checked Wilson in as the 4th fastest performer ever across the world in this 200m breast event.
This morning he started off a little more subdued, cruising his way to a time of 2:10.06, just enough to land lane 4 without wasting too much energy.
Perhaps the next likely man to nail the 2:08.80 Worlds QT is Zac Stubblety-Cook of WBAC. Stubblety-Cook owns a personal best time of 2:07.89 that he earned last year in Tokyo at the Pan Pacific Championships. That time gave the WBAC swimmer the silver ahead of Wilson, perhaps providing foreshadowing of one possible outcome from tonight’s final.
The men’s 1500m free will be recapped with tonight’s finals.