2019 Aussie World Trials Day 6 Live Prelims Recap



With a super stiff Aussie-mandated qualification time of 21.77 for Worlds, the men couldn’t waste any more energy than they had to in order to make tonight’s 50m free final.

TSS Aquatics’ Cameron McEvoy is still awaiting his first individual qualification event, having finished 2nd to Kyle Chalmers in the 100m free earlier in the meet, but missed the QT. The 25-year-old textile world record holder in that 100m also raced the 200m here, but finished 7th and may barely get a relay spot.

But he took the top seed of the morning in 22.39 to show he’s still hungry to make it happen in this 50. He owns a PB of 21.44 from 2016, while his fastest of 2019 was the 22.72 logged at the Sydney Open last month.

UWSC’s Jonte Blake nailed a near-personal best of 22.53 to take the 2nd seed, while 28-year-old veteran Olympian James Roberts got it done to make the final in 22.54. He was 22.49 at Aussie Nationals this past April.

All eyes will be on 20-year-old Marion Olympian Kyle Chalmershowever, with the man clocking 22.67 smoothly for the 5th seed. The man who already snagged a monster 100m free win in 47.35, as well as a stellar 1:45.76 in the 200m free here is pulling a double tonight. He is set to race the 100m fly, a once off-event for him, although he already punched a 52.07 PB to take the 2019 Aussie National title.

Of note, Elijah Winnington, the double World Junior Record holder and 400m free Australian National Champion finished 14th in 23.37, a cap to his unfortunate meet.


  • Australian National Record – 23.78, Cate Campbell 2018
  • Worlds QT – 24.59
  • Top 8:
    1. Cate Campbell, 24.33
    2. Bronte Campbell, 24.60
    3. Shayna Jack, 24.80
    4. Emma McKeon, 24.83
    5. Holly Barratt, 25.18
    6. Madi Wilson, 25.29
    7. Yolane Kukla, 25.72
    8. Leah Neale, 25.79

The dust settled from last night’s women’s 100m free mayhem, where we saw 3 sub-53 second times from the Aussie women. Many of the same characters in that show are up again for tonight’s 50m free final, led by the fastest heat swim of Cate Campbell in 24.33.

That time already checks-in as a Worlds qualifying mark from the Olympian and separates herself from her sister, Bronte Campbell, by .27, while St. Peters Western Shayna Jack is right behind in 24.80. Jack’s season-best is her lifetime best, the 24.38 she logged at Aussie Nationals for runner-up status behind Campbell.

C1 already holds the 2nd fastest time in the world this season with the 24.00 thrown down at the FINA Champions Series in Guangzhou, China.

The 200m free champion here Emma McKeon already nailed a personal best in that event, as well as the 100m and notched the 4th sub-25 second mark of the prelims here in 24.83.

A remarkable 5 members of tonight’s final sit among the fastest Aussie performers ever in this event, as follows:

  1. 23.78 Cate Campbell 1992 Gold Coast 07.04.18
  2. 23.97 Lisbeth Trickett 1985 Sydney 29.03.08
  3. 24.12 Bronte Campbell 1994 Kazan 09.08.15
  4. 24.34 Emma McKeon 1994 Tokyo 09.08.18
  5. 24.38 Shayna Jack 1998 Adelaide 10.04.19
  6. 24.39 Melanie Schlanger 1986 Glasgow 26.07.14
  7. 24.49 Alice Mills 1986 Sydney 19.03.05
  8. 24.72 Jodie Henry 1983 Melbourne 20.03.06
  9. 24.74 Yolane Kukla 1995 Maui 29.08.10
  10. 24.78 Brittany Elmslie 1994 Brisbane 01.07.16


  • Australian National Record – 50.85, Andrew Lauderstein 2009
  • Worlds QT – 51.31
  • Top 8:
    1. Grant Irvine, 52.44
    2. David Morgan, 52.49
    3. Matthew Temple, 52.68
    4. Nic Brown, 52.83
    5. Edward Marks, 23.49
    6. William Yang, 53.86
    7. Shaun Champion, 54.48
    8. Charles Cox, 54.61

The men are facing a huge task in having to acquire a 51.31 consideration standard in this men’s 100m fly, but 8 men will contest the race tonight to chase that mark.

Grant Irvine, the silver medalist here in the 200m, set his sights on lane 4 with a smooth 52.44, just .05 ahead of 200m fly Trials champion and World Championships qualifier here, David Morgan.

Morgan powered his way to to a morning mark of 52.49, while 19-year-old Nunawading swimmer Matthew Temple has joined the chase in 52.68.

Both Irvine and Morgan sit near the top of the all-time Aussie performers list in this event, with Irvine holding a personal best of 51.00 from 2017, while Morgan’s lifetime fastest is the 51.65 clocked at the 2016 Nationals. Morgan’s mark came en route to finishing in 7th place at that year’s World Championships in Budapest.

Temple’s best time to date came at this year’s Nationals where he punched 52.16, so he’s got his work cut out for him to drop over half a second in pursuit of qualification.

Of note, many were excited to see what Kyle Chalmers could do in this event, as he was originally entered. But the 100m free and 200m free World Championships qualifier here opted out of the race, having already contested the 50m free this morning.

Winnington doubled up on his 50m free earlier this session with an attempt in this 100m fly, but wound up finishing 13th in 56.05, well off his PB of 54.42 from 2018. However, the fact that the 19-year-old Bond athlete has had a nightmarish meet here and he still gutted out these 2 swims says something about this kid’s grit.


  • Australian National Record – 2:05.68, Emily Seebohm 2017
  • Worlds QT – 2:07.64
  • Top 8:
    1. Minna Atherton, 2:07.83
    2. Emily Seebohm, 2:12.01
    3. Kaylee McKeown, 2:13.06
    4. Mollie O’Callaghan, 2:14.36
    5. Tahlia Thornton, 2:14.72
    6. Jessica Unicomb 2:15.42
    7. Kirrily Siebenhausen, 2:17.09
    8. Abbey Webb, 2:18.60

19-year-old Minna Atherton continues to impress here in Brisbane, throwing down a new lifetime best in this women’s 200m back event to take the top seed by a mile over Olympian and reigning World Champion Emily Seebohm.

Atherton, who already took the 100m back here, crushed a mark of 2:07.83 to dip under the 2:08 threshold for the first time in her young career. That mark is under .2 away from the qualification time, so if the Brisbane Grammar athlete can keep her cool tonight she should be able to let the adrenaline take her to the wall at or near that mark.

Since she’s already qualified in the 100m it’s likely Atherton could get the nod in this event as well if she’s close. Her time this morning now checks her in as the 7th fastest in the world this season.

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Atherton’s outing keeps her at slot #7 on the all-time Aussies performers list:

1 – 2:05.61 Emily Seebohm 1992 Budapest 29.07.17
2 – 2:06.06 Belinda Hocking 1990 Shanghai 29.07.11
3 – 2:06.76 Kaylee McKeown 2001 Budapest 29.07.17
4 – 2:07.16 Meagen Nay 1988 Santa Clara 18.06.11
5 – 2:07.18 Madison Wilson 1994 Melbourne 22.01.16
6 – 2:07.47 Sian Whittaker 1997 Adelaide 13.04.16
7 – 2:08.00 Minna Atherton 2000 Brisbane 01.07.16
8 – 2:08.21 Hayley Baker 1995 Sydney 09.04.15
9 – 2:09.82 Mikkayla Sheridan 1995 Sydney 07.04.11
10 – 2:09.84 Hayley White 1989 Kazan 11.07.13

But the aforementioned stalwart Seebohm is hungry for her first individual qualification here after missing out on the 100m back earlier in 3rd. The 27-year-old is a total pro when it comes to making it happen when it counts, as evidenced by her 2:05.68 winning effort at the 2017 edition of the World Championships.

17-year-old Kaylee McKeown lurks as the 3rd fastest swimmer of the morning in 2:13.06. McKeown has already qualified in the women’s 200m IM and 100m back, so this would be the icing on the cake for the USC Spartan.

Remember McKeown has been in the spotlight in this event before, nailing a tremendous 4th place finish in 2017 behind Seebohm in that women’s 200m back at just 15 years of age for a new World Junior Record at the time.

Speaking of 15, there is a teen at that age headed for tonight’s final in St. Peters Western’s Mollie O’Callaghan. O’Callaghan hit the wall in 2:14.36, just .16 behind her fastest ever.

It was a little surprising that there were only 13 swimmers in total in this event.


  • Australian National Record – 4:10.14, Thomas Fraser-Holmes 2013
  • Worlds QT – 4:15.69
  • Top 8:
    1. Se-Bom Lee, 4:23.63
    2. Thomas Fraser-Holmes, 4:23.79
    3. Jared Gilliland, 4:24.61
    4. Thomas Hauck, 4:26.25
    5. Eillot Rogerson, 4:38.54
    6. David Schlicht, 4:30.20
    7. Lucas Humeniuk, 4:35.52
    8. Kyle Niesler, 4:36.93

Only 2 of the men who made the 400 IM final are not teenagers, as the field was led by 17-year-old Se-Bom Lee of Carlisle. The teen touched the wall this morning in 4:23.63 to hold a .16 advantage over Olympic veteran Thomas Fraser-Holmes.

Lee has had a solid meet, placing 6th in the 200m IM  and 10th in the 100m back already here in Brisbane. He holds a personal best of 4:19.10 in this event, so the kid will need to flex every muscle he has to make it to the realm of 4:15.69 to nail a spot on the Gwangju roster.

Olympic finalist Fraser-Holmes earned the 2nd seed here in 4:23.79, but looked to have shut it down towards the end, conserving energy for the 27-year-old to get under the QT tonight.

Last year Fraser-Holmes had completed his 12-month ban for having missed 3 random drug tests over a 12-month period. Officially cut-off from the Dolphins national team both financially and training-wise, Fraser-Holmes began training again alone in December 2017 after having taken 6 months off.

He redeemed himself with a silver medal in the SCM version of this 400m IM at the 2018 Short Course World Championships in Hangzhou.

Earlier this year he cranked out a mark of 4:14.32 to take the 400m IM Aussie National title in April, his fastest outing since 2016, so the man has proven he’s capable to make it happen tonight.

Teen Thomas Hauck has made his 2nd final is as many days, with the All Saints 16-year-old having already finished 4th in the men’s 200m back last night. He’s back for more, clocking 4:26.25 for 4th seed tonight.

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1 year ago

Those 200 back prelims 😳🤔

1 year ago

men’s 400 IM . Larkin pulled out . Some teenagers in the final and Thomas Fraser – Holmes

1 year ago

Why was Brendon Smith DQ’d from the 400 IM?

Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

Seems to back in now according to meet results.

Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

Good-o. I still wonder what it was about.

Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

Apparently too long on the front on the backstroke to backstroke turn. But I think it’s been overturned .

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