2021 Australian Olympic Trials: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS

It’s the first day of competition in Adelaide as the Australians will be selecting their Olympic and Paralympic team for Tokyo. SwimSwam’s devoted Australian Trials channel has all the information on the meet that you need. Subscribers of Amazon Prime can watch the event live.

Tonight’s session will feature the women’s 100 butterfly, men’s 400 IM, women’s 400 free (MC), men’s 400 free (MC), men’s 100 breast, women’s 400 IM, women’s 200 free (MC), men’s 200 free (MC), and the men’s 400 free.

The qualifying criteria for Tokyo is not quite as black and white as other countries, but swimmers will need to finish in the top two tonight while swimming under the Australian Olympic Qualifying Time (equal to 8th place at the 2019 World Championships) to earn an individual spot. For relay consideration, swimmers need to swim in the A-final of the respective event.

This morning’s prelims session saw only four swimmers under the OQT. Emma McKeon led the way by posting a 56.82 in the 100 butterfly, nearly two seconds ahead of the second-best swimmer, Brianna Throssel. The men’s 400 free is shaping up to be a great race tonight as Elijah WinningtonThomas Neil, and Jack McLoughlin were all under the OQT. Mack Horton, the defending Olympic champion in the 400 free, is seeded fourth. With such few swimmers under qualifying times this morning, there will be pressure on swimmers tonight to swim under the qualifying times.

The men’s 100 breaststroke will be another race to watch as five swimmers are separated by .80 seconds. Zac Stubblety-Cook is the top seed at 1:00.05 and the men will need to hit 59.21 to qualify for Tokyo.

Keep refreshing this page for SwimSwam’s own live, event-by-event updates of all the action from the meet.

Women 100 Butterfly Finals

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.48 (2016)
  • Australian Record: Emma McKeon – 56.18 (2017)
  • Commonwealth Record: Maggie MacNeil – 55.83 (2019)
  • World Junior Record: Claire Curzan (USA) – 56.20 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.48
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 57.10

Podium:

  1. Emma McKeon – 55.93
  2. Brianna Throssel – 57.11
  3. Alexandria Perkins – 58.61

McKeon led from the start, turning at the 50 in 25.96, under world record pace with nearly a body-length lead. McKeon would be ahead of world record pace until about 10 meters left in the race and would touch in 55.93 for a new Australian record and the second fastest time in the world this year. Taking second was Brianna Throssel in 57.11, just missing the OQT by .01 seconds and off her best of 57.02 from 2019. Alexandria Perkins was third in 58.61, dropping from her prelims swim of 58.83.

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Men 400 IM Finals

  • World Record: Michael Phelps – 4:03.84 (2008)
  • Australian Record: Thomas Fraser-Holmes – 4:10.14 (2013)
  • Commonwealth Record: Max Litchfield (GBR) – 4:09.62 (2017)
  • World Junior Record: Ilya Borodin (RUS) – 4:10.02 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Kosuke Hagino (JAP) – 4:06.05
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 4:15.24

Podium:

  1. Brendon Smith – 4:10.04
  2. Se-Bom Lee – 4:14.16
  3. Kieren Pollard – 4:15.68

The Australians haven’t had an Olympic medalist in this event since 1984. Brendon Smith, the top qualifier from the morning, led after the butterfly leg in 56.89 followed by Se-Bom Lee. Smith would continue to lead at 2:00.59 at the halfway point followed closely by Lee at 2:01.39. Both swimmers would be ahead of the OQT after breaststroke. The question heading into the freestyle leg would be if Lee could hold on to finish under the qualifying time. The answer would be yes as Smith would win with the second Australian record of the night in 4:10.04 followed by Lee in 4:14.16.

The Australians will have two swimmers in Tokyo in the 400 IM with a chance to end their 37 year medal drought. Smith’s time moves him up to fourth in the world this year. Lee dropped nearly five seconds from his previous best of 4:19.10 from two years ago.

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2020-2021 LCM MEN 400 IM

DAIYAJPN
SETO

04/03
4:09.02
2 LEWIS
CLAREBURT
NZL 4:09.87 04/05
3 ILYA
BORODIN
RUS 4:10.02 05/23
4 CARSON
FOSTER
USA 4:11.13 05/20
5 ALBERTO
RAZZETTI
ITA 4:11.17 05/23

Women 12&O 400 Free MC S6-s13 Prelims

Podium (by points):

  1. Monique Murphy – 4:43.28
  2. Natalie Shaw – 4:45.02
  3. Lakeisha Patterson – 4:42.25

The qualification for the Paralympic events is based on points and not necessarily on times. Swimmers earn points based on how close they are to the world record in their respective qualification. The swimmers need to be under the qualification time and the heat features swimmers from different classifications with individual qualification lines for each lane.

Lakeisha Patterson 4:42.25 and Ellie Cole 4:47.30 were under the qualification time in the S9 classification. Patterson won the 400 free in the S8 classification at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games with a world record time of 4:40.33. Cole has represented Australia at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Paralympics.

Men 12&O 400 Free MC S6-s13 Prelims

Podium (by points):

  1. Brendan Hall – 932
  2. Alex Tuckfield – 929
  3. Harrison Vig – 899

The Australians had four swimmers under qualifying times. Tom Gallagher (S10) was fighting the qualifying line through the last 10 meters and touched under the qualifying time at 4:10.62. In the S9 classification, Hall (4:15.89), Tuckfield (4:16.13), and Vig (4:19.01) all swam faster than the qualification time. Swimmers are not officially qualified as there are a maximum of 3 swimmers per individual event and a maximum of 17 swimmers overall.

Men 100 Breaststroke Finals

  • World Record: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 56.88 (2019)
  • Australian Record: Brenton Rickard – 58.58 (2009)
  • Commonwealth Record: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 56.88 (2019)
  • World Junior Record: Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 59.01 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 57.13
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 59.21

Podium:

  1. Zac Stubblety-Cook – 59.69
  2. Daniel Cave – 59.99
  3. Jake Packard – 1:00.12

Matthew Wilson was quick off the blocks and staked the early lead. Wilson hit the 50 in 27.65 followed by Packard (27.83) and Cave (27.96). Heading into the final 25 meters, there was a pack of four swimmers battling to the finish. Stubblety-Cook, who was fifth at the 50 mark, would finish first in 59.69. Cave took second in 59.99 and Packard was third in 1:00.12.

No swimmer was under the OQT meaning the Australians will not have a swimmer in this event in Tokyo. Stubblety-Cook, who is more of a 200 breaststroke swimmer, did set a new best time, dropping .03 from earlier this year.

Women 400 IM Finals

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu – 4:26.36 (2016)
  • Australian Record: Stephanie Rice – 4:29.45 (2009)
  • Commonwealth Record: Stephanie Rice – 4:29.45 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Yu Yiting (CHN) – 4:35.94 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Katinka Hosszu – 4:26.36
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 4:38.53

Podium:

  1. Jenna Forrester – 3:39.93
  2. Meg Bailey – 4:40.18
  3. Emilie Muir – 4:44.82

The fastest qualifier this morning was Emilie Muir in 4:45.69, meaning swimmers will need drop over seven seconds to qualify for Tokyo. Meg Bailey was the early leader as she was the fastest through the butterfly leg in 1:02.12.  Jenna Forrester would move ahead on the backstroke, taking the lead at 2:14.04. Bailey would regain the lead on the breaststroke as she turned at the 300 mark in 3:34.20 and Forrester in 3:34.80. Bailey carried the lead through the 350 mark but would run out of gas as Forrester passed her in the last five meters of the race to win in 3:39.93.

As was the case in the men’s 100 breaststroke, none of the women in the 400 IM were under the OQT of 4:38.53.

Women 12&O 200 Free MC S4, S5, S14

Podium:

  1. Madeleine McTernan – 2:13.28
  2. Ruby Storm – 2:15.01
  3. Jade Lucy – 2:16.47

All swimmers are under the S14 classification and were chasing the OQT of 2:07.78. McTernan was the leader from start to finish, dropping over two seconds from her prelims time to finish first in 2:13.28. Storm dropped over a second from her prelims swim of 2:15.01 and Lucy dropped over two seconds from her 2:18.63 this morning.

Men 12&O 200 Free MC S4, S5, S14

Podium:

  1. Liam Schulter – 1:54.46
  2. Ricky Betar – 1:55.53
  3. Jack Ireland – 1:58.92

The men’s race was a tight one as Liam Schulter and Ricky Betar were within half a second of each other through the 150 meter mark. Schulter would pull ahead over the last 50 to finish in 1:54.46. Joining him under the qualifying time of 1:56.57 was Betar in 1:55.53.

Men 400 Free

  • World Record: Paul Biederman (GER) – 3:40.07 (2009)
  • Australian Record: Ian Thorpe (AUS) – 3:40.08 (2002)
  • Commonwealth Record: Ian Thorpe (AUS) – 3:40.08 (2002)
  • World Junior Record: Mack Horton (AUS) – 3:44.60 (2014)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Mack Horton (AUS) – 3:41.55
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 3:46.34

Podium:

  1. Elijah Winnington – 3:42.65
  2. Jack McLoughlin – 3:43.27
  3. Mack Horton – 3:43.92

The last event of tonight features three swimmers who were under the OQT this morning as well as the defending Olympic champion in the event. Elijah Winnington led a pack of five swimmers that were under WR through the first 100 at 53.49. At the 200 mark, Winnington continued to lead the way at 1:50.36. Horton made his move over the fifth 50, moving up to second at the 250 meter mark. Heading into the last 100, four swimmers were within .50 seconds of each other. Winnington would find another gear on the seventh 50, moving back in front with a .60 second lead. He’d continue to increase his stroke rate to pull away to finish in first in 3:42.65. Joining him in Tokyo will be Jack McLoughlin, who finished second in 3:43.27. Mack Horton will not have a chance to defend his gold medal from Rio as he finished in third place.

Winnington, dropped over a second from his previous best while McLoughlin dropped nearly a second. Both swimmers continue to lead the world rankings in the 400 free.

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Troyy
4 months ago

Horton isn’t fully tapered. What a gamble.

Dee
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Interesting, as it could suggest there is an element of anxiety among Australian swimmers in regards to backing up a full taper in 6 weeks time. It could also be arse covering incase he doesn’t make it though.

Verram
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Good thing he’s not American then otherwise he’d be in big trouble as they do the same trials to Olympics process

Troyy
Reply to  Verram
4 months ago

He’d probably cruise onto the US team. The depth in this event actually harms our guys by forcing them to fully taper so close to the games or risk not qualifying with a partial taper.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

americans too busy predicting their 3:47 swimmer to win the gold medal in tokyo

Last edited 4 months ago by Old Man Chalmers
123456
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

3:47 won’t even make the final, someone needs to at least be in the 3:43s or low 3:44s at the trials for a medal to even be within the realm of possibilities. I’d give it a generous 20% chance that just one American man will get on the podium in one of the freestyle events that’s 200m or longer.

Last edited 4 months ago by 123456
loop
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

At least we’ll have swimmers in all the events

Samboys
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Looks like the gamble didn’t pay off. :/

Aus coach
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

He has been struggling but still a good swim. It simply is what it is. Great depth now.

Last edited 4 months ago by Aus coach
Troyy
4 months ago

New Aussie Record for McKeon 55.93!

Troyy
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Excited to see what she can do in the 100 free now.

nuotofan
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

This is very important also on a mixed/medley relay perspective

mpjmcevoy
Reply to  nuotofan
4 months ago

Breaststroke looks like an awful hole in the men’s medley relay – can’t be giving up the guts of three seconds on one leg…

SwimJon
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

wow! 100 fly in tokyo is going to be such a race even without Sarah S

Torchbearer
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

It was a beautiful to watch, perfect touch on both walls

SwimJon
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

And 57.11 for Throssell…

Jack
Reply to  SwimJon
4 months ago

Oof. I hope she gets a chance to throw down a time trial or something later in the meet.

Stephen
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Miss Campbell will have mixed emotions about that swim. Great for relays ….not so great for 100m free. Emma huge fav in 100m free

Torchbearer
Reply to  Stephen
4 months ago

Ms Campbells battles are within herself……Emma is the least of her problems!

FraserThorpe
4 months ago

Sub 56 for Emma! Throssel outside q time by 1/100 😞

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  FraserThorpe
4 months ago

i imagine she’ll make it for the medley relay

Miss M
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

She’ll likely be top 6 in the 100 and 200 free, so will get the relay spot and probably the swim as well as she’s under the fina time, just not the Australian QT

Last edited 4 months ago by Miss M
Samboys
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

I think she’ll qualify for a free relay too. It’d be weird if she was there and they didn’t let her swim it.

commonwombat
Reply to  Samboys
4 months ago

She’s a reasonable shot (but no cert) at qualifying in the 200fly but she’s likely to be top 6 in at least one of the 100/200 free. Her time beats the FINA A standard so there would be no hurdles on that front with regards to entering her

Nick
Reply to  commonwombat
4 months ago

200fly is looked a lot better in season. Went 2:07.2 at Aus champs and was the first time she’d done that since like rio IIRC. Her and Dekkers are the favourites.

Troyy
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

She’ll probably qualify in 200 fly anyway.

Kelsey
Reply to  FraserThorpe
4 months ago

If she makes the team in another event they’ll probs give her the swim

Last edited 4 months ago by Kelsey
Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Kelsey
4 months ago

Sure hope so!

Troyy
Reply to  FraserThorpe
4 months ago

She’ll get the individual spot if she qualifies in the 200 fly which she already went under the qualifying time at nationals.

Robbos
Reply to  FraserThorpe
4 months ago

They always take a 2nd 100 metres swimmer for relay sake.

commonwombat
Reply to  Robbos
4 months ago

Only if the 2nd place getter is somewhere near the mark and even then; whether they swim the medley relays heats at the major will hinge on whether they performed in that 100 or not.

Robbos
Reply to  commonwombat
4 months ago

They do so in case anything happens to the No 1 swimmer especially in breaststoke.

commonwombat
Reply to  Robbos
4 months ago

Not always but in this case, Throssell is very strong odds on to get the swim. Her time was comfortably inside FINA A and even if she doesn’t get the 200fly, she’s very strong odds to be top 6 in either 100/200free and thus on the team.

Torchbearer
Reply to  Robbos
4 months ago

AND McKeon will need relay backup because of her heavy schedule….

Troyy
Reply to  Torchbearer
4 months ago

Yes, they’re absolutely gonna take Throssel just for this reason alone regardless of what happens in her other events.

Nono
4 months ago

Under 56 for the first time wow

Dee
4 months ago

Watching Emma McKeon’s small incremental gains since 2014 in the 100fl has been an absolute delight. A lesson for every young swimmer who loses heart when those 3s drops start drying up and the gains get harder and harder to come by.

nuotofan
Reply to  Dee
4 months ago

Yes, but I considered from the beginning Emma Mc Keon a “late comer”. Emma was tall and slim and was clear that she wasn’t overtrained.

Dee
Reply to  nuotofan
4 months ago

I agree ^^

Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

dekkers right on her best time in the 100. bodes well for her 200

M d e
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

She is incredible. Special swimmer. Still a lot of room to improve too given where her 100 is at.

Swimfan
4 months ago

Emma McKeon jumps 4th in history wow the 100 fly gonna be fast can’t wait til tomorrow morning to see what the Americans answer with

Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

Great lead up to the event on Amazon Prime. Wonderful that the legendary Nicole Livingstone (who has paired numerous times with the even more legendary Bruce McEvany for the official FINA commentating at prior Olympics & Worlds) is doing the “play by play” as it is called state side. Always enjoyable.

Last edited 4 months ago by Coach Mike 1952
Torchbearer
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

I cheered when I heard Nicole’s voice!

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

enjoy it while it lasts. we’ve got a circus lined up for the olympics with channel 7 providing the coverage

Verram
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

I loooove nicole Stevenson/livingstone

Kate
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

Prime have been killing it with their swimming coverage, this and the championships in March have been excellent