2019 Aussie World Trials Day 4 Prelims Live Recap: Chalmers Goes For 2

2019 AUSTRALIAN WORLD SWIMMING TRIALS

MEN’S 100 FREE – PRELIMS

The men wasted no time getting their names on the board for a stake on the 4x100m free relay, as well as a possible individual spot for Gwangju the 100m free.

King Kyle Chalmers followed up his 200m free World Championships-worthy gold medal here in Brisbane with a stellar morning swim of 47.91 to mark the only sub-48 second time of the morning.

Splitting 23.32/24.59, Chalmers led wire-to-wire, making his mark on his pet event to land lane 4 for tonight’s show. He already sits as the #2 swimmer in the world with his 47.48 time from Aussie Nationals, his fastest outing since winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games.

25-year-old TSS Aquatics maestro Cameron McEvoy is the Aussie National Record holder in this event with his time of 47.04, the textile World Record he produced prior to the 2016 Olympic Games. Since then, however, the physics student hasn’t fared as well, on the whole, but there have been sparks of his better years.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, McEvoy finished in 4th, just out of the medals, with a time of 48.44, for instance. But, he was only as quick as 49.47 at the Aussie Nationals in April. Hopefully for McEvoy fans, his sub-49 second outing this morning is foreshadowing a bigger time from the man tonight. He needs to be just over a tenth faster to nail individual qualification.

Clyde Lewis almost beat Chalmers in the 200m free race, qualifying for Gwangju in that final. He, too, is trying to add this 100m free event, putting his hat in the ring with a mark of 48.78, the fastest of his career. He’s only been as quick as 48.84 to date, but is in the hunt for at least a relay spot.

On trend with the nightmarish meet he’s been having Elijah Winnington wound up 12th in a lackluster 50.27, well under the teen’s proven capabilities. After missing qualification in the 200m and 400m, we’re waiting on comments from his camp as to whether the multiple World Junior Record holder is ill or just having an off meet.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY – PRELIMS

The bad news is that it took just a 2:16.56 to make the women’s 200m fly final at Australia’s most important domestic meet of the year. The good news is that the average age of the 8 finalists is just 19, making this lineup a preview of sorts of what may be on the horizon for the green and gold in the 2fly.

One name that’s used to being in the top of the 2fly is Olympian Brianna Throssell, the 23-year-old Western Australian who already booked her spot on the Gwangju roster as a member of the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay. This morning, she clocked a solid 2:10.90 to take about a second lead ahead of Laura Taylor‘s 2:11.88.

Taylor is the reigning Commonwealth Games silver medalist in this event, having produced a time of 2:07.39 behind Britain’s gold medalist Alys Thomas on the Gold Coast. She’s been as fast as 2:08.94 en route to winning the 2019 Australian National title.

Both Throssell and Taylor appear on the All-Time Aussie list in this event, with Throssell positioned as 7 with her PB of 2:06.58 from 2016, while Taylor’s 2:06.80 from February of last year is 8th fastest ever down under. With a QT of 2:07.82, both women will need to bring their A-game to have a shot at qualification.

The youngest of the field is 15-year-old Jaime Krueger, who wrangled up the 8th seed in 2:16.56, just over 2 seconds off her lifetime best of 2:14.27.

Of note, Olympic silver medalist Maddie Groves has withdrawn from this meet and, therefore, the World Championships.

MEN’S 200 IM – PRELIMS

National Record holder Mitch Larkin already qualified for next month’s World Championships with a 52.38 stunner in the men’s 100m back. That represented the 25-year-old St. Peters Western star’s fastest time since 2015, the same year he won two titles at the World Championships in Kazan.

Larkin earned the only sub-2:00 time this morning in 1:59.93, a cruising effort from the man who owns a lifetime best of 1:56.21.He earned another sub-1:57 mark en route to claiming the Aussie National title in April in 1:56.83, the #4 time in the world this season. The race is his to lose, but there are a few contenders ready to challenge the backstroking ace.

One is Thomas Fraser-Holmes, the 27-year-old veteran of Griffith University who has fought tooth and nail to get back on track after having served a 12-month ban for missing whereabouts anti-doping violations. His redemption was sealed with a silver medal in the 400m IM at the 2018 Short Course World Championships, fueling his 2nd seed here in 2:00.39.

TFH has been as fast as 1:57.88 from way back in 2014, so he’ll need to crush the quickest time of his career to qualify for Gwangju. But, the man is hungry.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS

  • Australian National Record – 4:29.45, Stephanie Rice 2009
  • Worlds QT – 4:37.14
  • Top 8:
    1. Blair Evans, 4:44.98
    2. Sophie Caldwell, 4:46.12
    3. Meg Bailey, 4:46.92
    4. Jennifer Forrester, 4:47.84
    5. Fran Fitzhenry, 4:49.52
    6. Charli Brown, 4:54.18
    7. Mikkayla Smith, 4:55.05
    8. Madeline Snell, 4:55.93

As with the women’s 200m fly, this 400m IM field is abundant with teenagers willing to put up the performance of their lives to make a mark on this Trials meet. One is 15-year-old Jennifer Forrester of St. Peters Western, who put up the 4th fastest time of the morning in 4:47.84.

That’s just .31 off of her career-fastest of 4:47.84 and a terrific sign of things to come for Aussie IMers.

Leading the pack on the opposite end of the age spectrum is 28-year-old Blair Evans of Western Australia. Evans took the bronze at this year’s Aussie Nationals, hitting a time of 4:41.97 to finish behind winner Kaylee McKeown (4:40.25) and Calypso Sheridan (4:41.40). She’s already earned a silver in the 200m IM on night 1.

McKeown chose not to swim this event here, while Sheridan has already qualified for the World University Games and is ineligible for Worlds.

Nunawading’s Sophie Caldwell may have something to say about Evans’ bids on the gold, registering a mark of 4:46.12 this morning, while the 200m IM bronze medalist here, Meg Bailey, is also in the mix. Bailey swims for Ohio State stateside.

WOMEN 800 FREE – PRELIMS

  • Australian National Record – 8:17.07, Ariarne Titmus 2018
  • Worlds QT – 8:30.66

The women’s 800m free will be included in the finals recap.

In This Story

34
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of

34 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Boknows34
3 years ago

Women’s 200 fly:
Throssell 2.07.39 QT
Taylor 2.08.42

Women’s 800 free:
Titmus 8.18.23 QT
Melverton 8.22.83 QT
Pallister 8.25.66
Gough 8.25.94

H1H2
3 years ago

Monster 1:55.7 200 IM by Larkin!

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  H1H2
3 years ago

8th fastest performer of all time, he’ll give chase a run for his money

Old Man Chalmers
3 years ago

Chalmers 47.35!!
Lewis second in 48.46, just missing the QT. He’ll probably get to swim it individually as he already made the QT in the 200 free

Rafael
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
3 years ago

Add up to 3:13:52 a.second behind Brazil Russia and us but almost a second in front of Italy

torchbearer
Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

Sounds about right…not a bad place to be.

commonwombat
3 years ago

Putting aside Chalmers swim, which clearly indicates he either has to false start or not turn up tonight not to qualify, it is pleasing to finally see some sub49s (and a number of them) from someone other than KC. A second qualifier is still far from certain but at least now looks plausible and gives some degree of comfort that qualifying a 4X100 is still viable.

Verram
3 years ago

Any livestream of the heats this morning guys?

The Ready Room
3 years ago

Also… Larkin’s looking dangerous in that 2IM. 1:55 tonight possibly maybe..?

torchbearer
Reply to  The Ready Room
3 years ago

Gold star

The Ready Room
3 years ago

As the 200 is becoming more of a sprint event worldwide, King Kyle is swimming the 100 like a mid-distance event… and dominating at it. Really cool to see!

Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

Chalmers 47.2 tonight

Verram
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

I’d prefer him to go as underdog to world champs rather than #1 ranked .. better for him to be chasing the Russian swimmer at gwangju than being the hunted

commonwombat
Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

Tend to aqree with Verram although he already has the target of reigning Olympic champ painted on his back. Also Worlds don’t carry 1/10 of the media hype and circus that Olympics carry …. so he’ll have far less to cope with than had this been an Olympic year.

Ol’ Gator
Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

Sorry I didn’t keep your preference in mind during my prediction :/

Verram
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

Fun part about open forums like these is that sometimes people don’t share the same opinions dont you think?

Ol’ Gator
Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

Yeah it just seemed like you were trashing my prediction based off something you prefer to happen rather than something you think will happen

Ol’ Gator
Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

I apologize for my sass let’s just be friends

Anonymoose
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

Something something lovestory twilight

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

too late , he is number 1 now …so the favorite

About Retta Race

Retta Race

Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

Read More »