2021 Australian Olympic Trials: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

2021 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS

The 2021 Swimming Australia Olympic Trials get underway Saturday morning (in Australia) with preliminary heats of nine events. While there’s been some last-minute controversy regarding athletes who were unable to make it to the Trials due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, just about all of the big names in Australian swimming should be competing. Additionally, this meet will also serve to select Australia’s Paralympic team. Today we’ll have heats of the women’s 100 fly, 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 men’s 400 freestyle.

We’ve linked to the full qualifying criteria above. It’s not as straightforward as say, the USA’s, but generally speaking, swimmers need to hit a qualifying time established by Swimming Australia (equal to 8th place at last World Championships) in the A final to earn an individual spot, and have to swim in the A-final to be considered for relays.

Women’s 100 Butterly – Prelims

  • World: 55.48 7/08/2016 Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
  • Commonwealth: 55.83 22/07/19 Maggie MacNeil CAN
  • Australian: 56.18 24/07/2017 Emma McKeon, SPW
  • All Comer: 56.36 13/03/2020 Emma McKeon, Griffith Uni
  • OQT: 57.10
  • Meet Qualifying: 1:02.82

Top 8:

  1. Emma McKeon (GUSC) – 56.82
  2. Brianna Throssell (UWSC) – 58.63
  3. Alexandria Perkins (USCS) – 58.83
  4. Brittany Castelluzzo (TTG) – 59.28
  5. Abbey Webb (GIND) – 59.41
  6. Olivia Collins (SOMG) – 59.69
  7. Kayla Costa (NUN) – 59.69
  8. Elizabeth Dekkers (NEWM) – 59.80

Unsurprisingly, Australian record-holder Emma McKeon cruised to the fastest time of the morning by nearly two seconds, putting up the fastest time of the morning in the very first heat with a 56.82. McKeon’s time this morning almost exactly matched her 56.82 from last month’s Sydney Open, but she split the two races quite differently. Last month she split 26.77/30.04, but this morning she was almost a second slower on the front half (27.73), but brought it home in a blistering 29.09.

Only two other women were under 59 seconds in prelims: Brianna Throssell (58.63) and Alexandria Perkins (58.83). Both will be need to be substantially faster tonight if they want to get under the Australian-established qualifying time of 57.10 in this event, although Throssell was seeded with a 57.02.

Men’s 400 IM – Prelims

  • World: 4:03.84 10/08/2008 Michael Phelps, USA
  • Commonwealth: 4:09.62 30/07/2017 Max Litchfield, GBR
  • Australian: 4:10.14 3/05/2013 Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Miami
  • All Comer: 4:06.22 1/04/2007 Michael Phelps, USA
  • OQT: 4:15.24
  • Meet Qualifying: 4:38.21
  1. Brendon Smith (NUN) – 4:17.83
  2. Kieran Pollard (NCT) – 4:18.23
  3. Thomas Hauck (ALLS) – 4:22.23
  4. Elliott Rogerson (NUN) – 4:22.27
  5. Se-Bom Lee (Carlile) – 4:22.79
  6. Lachlan Walker (ALST) – 4:27.26
  7. Thomas Lightfoot (MARI) – 4:27.35
  8. Charlie Hawke (HUNT) 4:28.52

In heat 1, Brendon Smith and Kieran Pollard battled stroke-for-stroke on the freestyle leg, with Smith, the top seed coming into today, touching 1st with a 4:17.83. Pollard touched in 4:18.23, almost two seconds faster than his seed time. Heat 2 featured another duel in the middle of the pool, this time between Se-Bom Lee and Elliott Rogerson, who again swam side by side on the freestyle leg. Rogerson touched in 4:22.27, to Lee’s 4:22.79, both just behind Thomas Hauck‘s 4:22.23 from heat 1.

While no one was under the Australian OQT of 4:15.24 this morning, Smith has a seed time of 4:14.91, and matching that will earn him an invite. The rest of tonight’s A-final will need some big drops from seed/prelims to get under that mark. In 2016, Australia put two men, Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Travis Mahoney, into the final in Rio, where they placed 6th and 7th, respectively.

Women’s 400 Free Multi-Class – Prelims

Top 8 (Based on points):

  1. Monique Murphy (S10) – 863 – 4:42.79
  2. Natalie Shaw (S10) – 820 – 4:47.65
  3. Katja Dedekind (S13) – 789 – 4:40.94
  4. Lakeisha Patterson (S9) – 771 – 4:47.71
  5. Ellie Cole (S9) – 759 – 4:49.16
  6. Poppy Wilson (S10) – 716 – 5:01.01
  7. Isabella Vincent (S7) – 688 – 5:38.73
  8. Angela Bubb (S10) – 643 – 5:11.91

With qualification for Paralympic swimming based on points, not straight times, Monique Murphy of Yeronga Park put up the best score of the morning with 863 points on a 4:42.79 swim, about 7 seconds off of her seed time.

Men’s 400 Free Multi-Class – Prelims

Top 8 (Based on points):

  1. Alexander Tuckfield (S9) – 922 – 4:16.81
  2. Brenden Hall (S9) – 906 – 4:18.33
  3. Harison Vig (S9) – 898 – 4:19.01
  4. Tom Gallagher (S10) – 894 – 4:06.72
  5. Alex Saffy (S9) – 824 – 4:26.92
  6. Braeden Jason (S12) – 786 – 4:13.16
  7. Ben Popham (S8) – 776 – 4:42.62
  8. Jesse Aungles (S8) – 762 – 4:44.38

Alexander Tuckfield knocked over three seconds off of his seed time to touch in 4:16.81, giving him the S9 swimmer the highest score of the morning with a 922. Point-wise, it was a tight battle behind Tuckefield, with the next three finishers separated by only 12 points.

Men’s 100 Breast – Prelims

  • World: 56.88 21/07/2019 Adam Peaty, GBR
  • Commonwealth: 56.88 21/07/2019 Adam Peaty, GBR
  • Australian: 58.58 27/07/2009 Brenton Rickard, Brothers
  • All Comer: 58.84 7/04/2018 Adam Peaty, ENG
  • OQT: 59.21
  • Meet Qualifying: 1:05.72

Top 8:

  1. Zac Stubblety-Cook (CHAN) – 1:00.05
  2. Jake Packard (USC) – 1:00.10
  3. Daniel Cave (MVC) – 1:00.33
  4. Matthew Wilson (SOSC) – 1:00.38
  5. Samuel Williamson (FAS) – 1:00.85
  6. Joshua Yong (UWSC) – 1:01.15
  7. Liam Hunter (CHAN) – 1:01.70
  8. James McKechnie (STP) – 1:01.84

While it wasn’t a super-fast prelims session, the stage is set for some great racing tonight. Zac Stubblety-Cook led the field with a 1:00.05, but Jake Packard was right behind at 1:00.10, and Daniel Cave and Matthew Wilson were also close with times of 1:00.33 and 1:00.38, respectively. Of that field, only Wilson had a seed time under the Australian OQT of 59.21, but with another three men about a second away from that time, tonight’s race could be one of the more exiting ones of the evening.

Packard won silver in this event at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, while Stubblety-Cook also took silver in the 200 breast there. Meanwhile, Wilson is perhaps best known as the former world record holder in the 200 breast.

Women’s 400 IM – Prelims

  • World: 4:26.36 3/08/2016 Katinka Hosszu, HUN
  • Commonwealth: 4:29.45 10/08/2008 Stephanie Rice, AUS
  • Australian: 4:29.45 10/08/2008 Stephanie Rice, SPW
  • All Comer: 4:31.46 22/03/2008 Stephanie Rice, SPW
  • OQT: 4:38.53
  • Meet Qualifying: 5:04.03

Top 8:

  1. Emilie Muir (GUSC) – 4:45.69
  2. Jenna Forrester (STPE) – 4:46.74
  3. Meg Bailey (HUNT) – 4:46.81
  4. Jacinta Essam (GIND) – 4:48.77
  5. Blair Evans (UWSC) – 4:48.86
  6. Charli Brown (MANL) – 4:49.99
  7. Francesca Fitzhenry (CARL) – 4:50.93
  8. Lucy Dring (SCGS) – 4:51.92

Emilie Muir came into the meet seeded 8th, but put up the fastest swim of the morning with a 4:45.69, over three seconds faster than her seed time. Top seed Jenna Forrester, only 17, had the 2nd-fastest time of the morning with her 4:46.74, about seven seconds slower than her seed time. With the Australian OQT set at 4:38.53, there will need to be some big drops from prelims in order to qualify for the Olympic team.

While seven of the top eight swimmers were seeded in the top eight, 18 year-old Lucy Dring of Sunshine Coast Grammar bettered her seed by 4.5 seconds, to move up from the 16th seed to qualify for tonight’s final with the final spot, with a time this morning of 4:51.92.

Women’s 200 Free Multi-Class – Prelims

Top 8 (Based on points):

  1. Madeleine McTernan (S14) – 728 – 2:15.73
  2. Ruby Storm (S14) – 722 – 2:16.07
  3. Taylor Corry (S14) – 689 – 2:18.22
  4. Jade Lucy (S14) – 683 – 2:18.63
  5. Amy Cook (S14) -637 – 2:21.90
  6. Gabrielle Waller (S14) – 618 – 2:23.31
  7. Ashley Van Rijswij (S14) – 611 – 2:23.89
  8. Nicole Fielden (S14) – 592 – 2:25.39

With the entire field consisting of S14 swimmers, points and times corresponded. In the middle of the pool of heat 1, top-seeded Madeleine McTernan and Ruby Storm battled it out, with McTernan just getting the win, 2:15.73 to 2:16.07.

Men’s 200 Free Multi-Class – Prelims

Top 8 (Based on points):

  1. Ricky Betar (S14) – 920 – 1:56.16
  2. Jack Ireland (S14) – 855 – 1:59.02
  3. Liam Schluter (S14) – 828 – 2:00.29
  4. Joshua Alford (S14) – 770 – 2:03.25
  5. Bailey Stewart (S14) – 702 – 2:07.12
  6. Jarred Dyer (S14) – 646 – 2:10.67
  7. Lachlan Hanratty (S14) – 566 – 2:16.54
  8. Declan Budd (S14) – 560 – 2:17.05

Ricky Betar led the field in both time and score, touching in 1:56.16 for a score of 920, the only man over 900 in the event.

Men’s 400 Free – Prelims

  • World: 3:40.07 28/07/2009 Paul Biedermann, GER
  • Commonwealth: 3:40.08 30/07/2002 Ian Thorpe, AUS
  • Australian: 3:40.08 30/07/2002 Ian Thorpe, SLC Aquadot
  • All Comer: 3:40.54 18/03/2002 Ian Thorpe, SLC Aquadot
  • OQT: 3:46.34
  • Meet Qualifying: 4:04.45

Top 8:

  1. Elijah Winnington (STPE) – 3:45.07
  2. Thomas Neill (RACK) – 3:45.28
  3. Jack McLoughlin (CHAN) – 3:45.58
  4. Mack Horton (MVC) – 3:47.05
  5. Samuel Short (RACK) – 3:47.24
  6. Mitchell Tinsley (CHAN) – 3:48.58
  7. Adam Sudlow (UWSC) – 3:52.32
  8. Wesley Roberts (COK) – 3:52.50

The Australian men showed off their strength in this event this morning, as three men posted time under the Australian OQT. Only one other swimmer (McKeon) has been under their respective OQT so far this morning.

Jack McLoughlin came out strong in the first heat, swimming a 3:45.58 to beat Rio gold medalist Mack Horton (3:47.05) and Sam Short (3:47.24). The next heat was even faster, though, as Elijah Winnington and Thomas Neill dueled it out. Winnington got the touch at the wall, 3:45.07 to 3:45.28.

For just a little bit of perspective as to how fast the Aussies swam this morning, at the 2016 USA Olympic Trials, the fastest time in prelims was a 3:47.03.

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Troyy
1 month ago

I’m a little nervous for Horton.

Jackman
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Yep, he’s often sluggish in season though so I’m hoping its just a sign of hard work. I back him.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

yes but the 400 free in australia is deep right now. leaves little wiggle room

Ghost
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

More than a little nervous unfortunately

M d e
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

I think he misses the team.

Will be 2 of Neill, Winnington, McLaughlin.

Bogo
1 month ago

Amazon coverage and pool are looking great!

Jackman
Reply to  Bogo
1 month ago

Agreed, a few sound issues with echos and background chatter but I’m hopeful they’ll fix it.
Edit: We’ve been jinxed with a technical delay.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jackman
Torchbearer
Reply to  Bogo
1 month ago

I am a going tomorrow night..will report back!

Joel
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

I’m here. It’s a good atmosphere

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Bogo
1 month ago

Crowd going wild as well.

Jackman
1 month ago

Women 100 Fly – 16th is 1:00.05. In 2016 it was 1:01.05

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

groves seeded originally 19th at 1:00.39

Last edited 1 month ago by Old Man Chalmers
Jackman
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

I realise this is wrong – live results isn’t working for me unfortunately.

Jackman
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

And seems to be already better.

Aquajosh
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Doesn’t matter – this is a prelims/finals meet. No semis.

Troyy
1 month ago

Slipping behind schedule already.

run-dmc
1 month ago

“We are experiencing a problem playing this video.”

Admin
Reply to  run-dmc
1 month ago

It’s playing fine for me. Might be a local issue.

Troyy
Reply to  run-dmc
1 month ago

Playing okay here.

AvidSwimFan
1 month ago

The sound has gotten better. Showing it on Amazon Video is such a great idea.

Swimmergurl
1 month ago

Commonwealth record is 55.83 for 100fly by Maggie MacNeil from 2019

torchbearer
Reply to  Swimmergurl
1 month ago

I sent Swimming Australia a message ages ago about this……

Jackman
1 month ago

Only just realised there are no semis throughout this meet. Prelims stakes are high!