2021 Australian Olympic Trials: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS

It’s the second 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.

This morning’s session will feature prelims of the women’s 100 back, women’s and men’s 100 fly (MC), women’s 100 breast, men’s and women’s 50 free (MC), women’s 400 free, men’s 50 breast (MC), and men’s 200 free prelims.

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.

Women’s 100 Back – Prelims

  • World: 57.57 28/07/2019 Regan Smith, USA
  • Commonwealth: 57.63 16/05/2021 Kaylee McKeown, AUS
  • Australian: 57.63 15/05/2021 Kaylee McKeown, USC Spartans
  • All Comer: 57.63 15/05/2021 Kaylee McKeown, USC Spartans
  • OQT: 59.71
  • Meet Qualifying: 1:05.68

Top 8:

  1. Kaylee McKeown (USCS) -58.57
  2. Madison Wilson (MARI) – 59.58
  3. Emily Seebohm (GUSC) – 59.83
  4. Mollie O’Callaghan (STPTET) – 59.93
  5. Atherton (MBAY) – 1:00.06
  6. Job (RACK) – 1:00.81
  7. Unicomb (GUSC) – 1:01.15
  8. Webb (GIND) – 1:01.37

Unsurprisingly, Kaylee McKeown put up the fastest time of the morning, winning the first heat of the day with a 58.57. McKeown has had a blistering 2021, having set the Commonwealth and Australian records in this event just last month with a 57.63.

Four other women were under 1:00 this morning. Madison Wilson was the only other competitor under the Australian Olympic Qualifying Time of 59.58, although swimmers need to hit that mark in finals in order to make the team. Emily Seebohm will be striving to make the Australian Olympic team for the 4th-straight time after qualifying 3rd this morning with a 59.83, and Mollie O’Callaghan also dipped under a minute with a 59.93.

Women’s 100 Fly MC – Prelims

Top 8 (Based on score):

  1. Paige Leonhardt (S14) – 901 – 1:05.92
  2. Taylor Corry (S10) – 830 – 1:07.75
  3. Jasmie Greenwood (S14) – 816 – 1:07.00
  4. Ruby Storm (S14) – 783 – 1:09.09
  5. Emily Beecroft (S9) – 692 – 1:10.65
  6. Victoria Jessamine (S14) – 677 – 1:12.51
  7. Tahlia Blanshard (S7) – 665 – 1:25.60
  8. Amy Cook (S14) – 629 – 1:14.33

2016 Paralympian Paige Leonhardt had the fastest time, and the highest score, of the morning, with a 1:05.92, almost three-tenths faster than her seed time.

Men’s 100 Fly MC – Prelims

Top 8 (Based on score):

  1. William Martin (S9) – 1063 – 57.72
  2. Timothy Hodge (S9) – 911 – 1:00.76
  3. Alex Saffy (S9)- 894 – 1:01.16
  4. Benjamin Hance (S14) – 844 – 57.63
  5. Hugh Gillham (S10) – 799 – 58.96
  6. Brenden Hall (S9) – 794 – 1:03.62
  7. Harrison Vig (S9) – 788 – 1:03.78
  8. Liam Schluter (S14) – 775 – 59.28

Like Leonhardt, William Martin had the fastest time (57.72) and the highest score (1063) of anyone in this event today. Not only that, but the commentators suggested that he may have broken the S9 world record, and according to the World Para Swimming website, it does appear that he broke his own words record, which he previously set at 58.28 in April.

Women’s 100 Breast – Prelims

  • World: 1:04.13 25/07/2017 Lily King, USA
  • Commonwealth: 1:05.09 20/03/2006 Leisel Jones, AUS
  • Australian: 1:05.09 20/03/2006 Leisel Jones, Commercial
  • All Comer: 1:05.09 20/03/2006 Leisel Jones, Commercial
  • OQT: 1:06.97
  • Meet Qualifying: 1:14.34

Top 8:

  1. Chelsea Hodges (STHP) – 1:06.17
  2. Jenna Strauch (BOND) – 1:06.37
  3. Jessica Hansen (CRUI) – 1:06.96
  4. Georgia Bohl (GUSC) / Abbey Harkin (STPE)- 1:07.04
  5. (tie)
  6. Tessa Wallace (USCS) – 1:07.50
  7. Leiston Pickett (MARI) – 1:08.10
  8. Zoe Deacon (NUN) – 1:08.34

Top-seeded Chelsea Hodges put up the fastest time of the morning out of the first heat, touching in 1:06.17, nearly six-tenths faster than her seed time of 1:06.76. While perhaps not quite as strong as the 100 back, this is shaping up to be another event where the Australian women should get two individual qualifiers after what could be a very tight race this evening. Both Jenna Strauch (1:06.37) and Jessica Hansen (1:06.96) were under the Australian OQT of 1:06.96, while Georgia Bohl and Abbey Harkin are not far off of it, both touching in 1:07.04.

Men’s 50 Free MC – Prelims

Top 8 (Based on score):

  1. Rowan Crothers – 905 – 23.94
  2. Jacob Templeton – 851 – 24.48
  3. Matthew Levy – 823 – 28.87
  4. Tom Gallagher – 814 – 24.80
  5. William Martin – 812 – 25.73
  6. Timothy Disken – 808 – 25.77
  7. Oscar Stubbs – 787 – 25.13
  8. Hugh Gillham – 745 – 25.55

Men’s 100 Back – Prelims

  • World: 51.85 13/08/2016 Ryan Murphy, USA
  • Commonwealth: 52.11 6/11/2015 Mitch Larkin, AUS
  • Australian: 52.11 6/11/2015 Mitch Larkin, SPW
  • All Comer: 52.38 10/06/2019 Mitch Larkin, SPW
  • OQT: 53.40
  • Meet Qualifying: 58.74

Top 8:

  1. Mitch Larkin (STPE) – 53.04
  2. Isaac Cooper (RACK) – 53.79
  3. Bradley Woodward (MING) – 54.47
  4. Tristan Hollard (STHP) – 54.56
  5. Kai Van Kool (GUSC) – 54.68
  6. William Yang (LNSC) – 54.75
  7. Ty Hartwell (CHAN) – 55.00
  8. Travis Mahoney (MARI) – 55.03

In the first heat, Mitch Larkin rocketed out and never slowed down, taking his heat by the better part of a second, touching in 53.04. Isaac Cooper knocked nearly three quarters of a second of his time to take 2nd in the heat, and overall, with a 53.79. Those were the only two men under 54.47, and with the Australian OQT set at 53.40, the rest of the field will need some big drops from prelims to challenge for an individual Olympic berth.

Women’s 400 Free – Prelims

  • World: 3:56.46 12/08/2016 Katie Ledecky, USA
  • Commonwealth: 3:58.76 25/07/2019 Ariarne Titmus, AUS
  • Australian: 3:58.76 21/07/2019 Ariarne Titmus, SPW
  • All Comer: 3:58.37 23/08/2014 Katie Ledecky, USA
  • OQT: 4:07.10
  • Meet Qualifying: 4:26.87

Top 8 (Pending Slower Heats)

  1. Ariarne Titmus (STPE) – 4:04.91
  2. Leah Neale (CHAN) – 4:06.66
  3. Lani Pallister (GUSC) – 4:06.76
  4. Moesha Johnson (TSS) – 4:06.94
  5. Kiah Melverton (TSS) – 4:06.99
  6. Tasmin Cook (UWSC) – 4:07.35
  7. Madeline Gough (TSS) – 4:07.18
  8. Mikayla Messer (NCOL) – 4:08.30
  9. Dahlas Rogers (USCS) – 4:11.13

Yesterday, the Australian men surged in the 400 free. Today, the women took the first step toward a similar surge with four women going under the Australian OQT in prelims. Remember, that time is based on what it took to make the final at the 2019 World Championships, meaning that five women this morning were fast enough to have made that final in Gwanju.

Unsurprisingly, Ariarne Titmus led the way with a 4:04.91 in the first heat. She’s seeded with her Australian record time of 3:58.76, and watch for her to get closer to that mark tonight. Behind Titmus, Leah Neale (4:06.66), Lani Pallister (4:06.76), Moesha Johnson (4:06.94), and Kiah Melverton (4:06.99) were all under the OQT mark of 4:07.10. Additionally, Madeline Gough went from a 4:07.91 seed time to a 4:07.18 prelims swim, and Tasmin Cook was seeded with a 4:06.48, but had the 6th-fastest swim of the morning with a 4:07.35. The bottom line is that this is shaping up to be yet another great race tonight.

Women’s 50 Free MC – Prelims

Top 8 (based on score)

  1. Katja Dedekind – 915 – 27.47
  2. Kirralee Hayes – 864 – 28.00
  3. Keira Stephens – 859 – 28.79
  4. Rachael Watson – 843 – 40.09
  5. Natalie Shaw – 783 – 29.69
  6. Jenna Jones – 766 – 29.15
  7. Poppy Richards – 724 – 32.27
  8. Poppy Wilson – 697 – 30.87

Katja Dedekind shaved 0.05s off of her seed time to swim a 27.47, good for the highest point total of the morning.

Men’s 50 Breast MC – Prelims

  1. Ahemd Kelly (SB3) – 54.13
  2. Grant Patterson (SB2) – 1:00.35

All eyes were on the middle of the pool for this event, as Kelly and Patterson were the only two men entered here, and pushed each other for the entire length of the pool.

Men’s 200 Free – Prelims

  • World: 1:42.00 28/07/2009 Paul Biedermann, GER
  • Commonwealth: 1:44.06 25/07/2001 Ian Thorpe, AUS
  • Australian: 1:44.06 25/07/2001 Ian Thorpe, SLC Aquadot
  • All Comer: 1:43.86 27/03/2007 Michael Phelps, USA
  • OQT: 1:45.76
  • Meet Qualifying: 1:54.22

Top 8:

  1. Alexander Graham (BOND) – 1:45.22
  2. Elijah Winnington (STPE) – 1:46.44
  3. Kyle Chalmers (MARI) – 1:46.45
  4. Thomas Neil (RACK) – 1:46.56
  5. Jack McLoughlin (CHAND) – 1:46.84
  6. Clyde Lewis (BOND) – 1:47.10
  7. Matthew Temple (NUN) – 1:47.43
  8. Mack Horton (MVC) – 1:47.54

For the first time tonight, the swimmer whose named headed the psych sheet did not swim the fastest time of the morning. Instead, #2 seed Alexander Graham knocked 0.47s off of his seed time to win the first heat in 1:45.22, registering the fastest prelims time by well over a second. He was the only man under the Australian OQT of 1:45.76. Clyde Lewis was seeded with a 1:44.90, but swam the 6th-fastest time of the morning with a 1:47.10.

After a cracking swim yesterday in the 400 free, Elijah Winnington put up the 2nd-fastest time of the morning with a 1:46.44, followed closely by Kyle Chalmers (1:46.45), Thomas Neil (1:46.56) and Jack McLoughlin (1:46.84). Matthew Temple qualified 7th with a 1:47.43, while Mack Horton only squeaked into tonight’s final after Zac Incerti drew a DQ for moving on the blocks before the start.

2012 and 2016 Olympic Cam McEvoy finished 17th after going 1:49.26, almost two seconds slower than his seed time.

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M d e
1 month ago

That was a very relaxed looking 58.5

swimfan210_
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

I think she will break the world record at this meet. She was just 0.06 off a few weeks ago.

Troyy
1 month ago

Minna didn’t even get under a minute.

M d e
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

I don’t think she will make the team. Seebohm looked ok, plus Mollie and Wilson are right there.

4 swimmers good enough to make a final, but only 1 spot (unless Kaylee breaks or something).

Troyy
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

I’m a little surprised Wilson seems to be targetting this event again. Minna might also lose her place at London Roar if she underperforms here given the big time drops Dawson has had.

zainol
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

easily swam for kaylee 58.5 in preliminary

PFA
1 month ago

I still don’t understand what I just witnessed.

Last edited 1 month ago by PFA
Troyy
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

What’d you just witness?

PFA
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

There were still swimmers in the water on the lane lines when the next heat of backstroke went off.

Joel
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

It’s heats . That’s how we do it

Hswimmer
Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

That’s odd lol

Joel
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Not really. Saves time in heats sessions. Very common in Australia

Hswimmer
Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

Just getting out of the pool would be quicker I would think, and less of a distraction

Joel
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

It’s not distracting. They’ve been doing it since they were 7 years old in little meets

Ghost
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

That is pretty common for prelims internationally. They exit on sides too!

FraserThorpe
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Yeah it’s called ‘starting over the top’ keeps the session moving saves time.

swim4fun
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

Apparently this is how to do fly over start for backstroke. Good to know!

Kate
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

Pretty common for heats. You can get out once the next race is underway. You get in the habit of moving well over to the side

Torchbearer
1 month ago

It is gonna be a fight for second tonite!

Joel
1 month ago

Great 100 breastrokes – 3 women under qualifying in heats

Jackman
Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

Exactly what I was hoping for!

anon
1 month ago

wow chelsea hodges went 1:06:1, if she can dip into the 1:05s, Australia might be able to challenge America with McKeown/Hodges/McKeon/Campbell

Troyy
Reply to  anon
1 month ago

Yep, our prospects in that relay suddenly look much better especially if C1 can still bring an amazing anchor split.

swimfan210_
Reply to  anon
1 month ago

Theoretical splits as of now, assuming everything goes right which is unlikely: McKeown 57.5/Hodges 1:05.7/McKeon 55.6/Campbell 51.0. That adds up to 3:49.7, which would break the WR. We could see a blazing swim, but only if everyone performs well.
At 2019 Worlds where the team went 3:53.42, Campbell “only” split 51.96. Atherton swam back (59.06) and Hansen swam breast (1:06.08), and McKeown and Hodges look like upgrades (especially McKeown, by at least a second). McKeon split 56.32, and she was 56.61 individually at that meet (felt a bit sick) and went 55.93 yesterday.

Swimfan
Reply to  swimfan210_
1 month ago

Curzan swam faster than dahlia individual 100 since gwanju if curzan goes 55.5 tomorrow what happens to the Aussie world record then

NJones
Reply to  swimfan210_
1 month ago

Medley is really tightening up…still US favourites but hopefully AUS and CAN can keep in interesting in case any US leg is off.

Hypothetical US:
Smith – 57.5
King – 104.1 (she has yet to really drop a relay split well into 103 relative to her Ind WR)
Curzon – 56.1 (maybe 55.5 relay split)
Simone – 52.0 (not sure her fastest relay, similar to King, maybe 51.5?)
Totals – 3:49.7 down to 3:48 high…

Hypothetical Canada:
Masse – 58.1 (just went 58.4 last month time trial, maybe she will finally get to 57?)
Wog – 1:06.2 in season last Feb (wildcard for Canada, if she is on 2020 form and therefore is… Read more »

Tyson
Reply to  NJones
1 month ago

Manuel’s not a strong relay swimmer compared to others imo just look at 2018 pan pacs mixed medley and women’s medley and 2019 worlds in that mixed medley c1 came over the top of her in all of those relays

Stephen
Reply to  NJones
1 month ago

Hmmmm

Nick
Reply to  NJones
1 month ago

Hypothetical Sweden and GB are my underdogs:

Swedes:
Coleman – 59.5 (went 60 flat at euros)
Hansson – 1:05.0 (went 65.69 individually twice)
Hansson – 56.3 (PB of 56.79)
A healthy Sjostrom – 51.7 (flat start PB)
Total: 3:52.5

GB:(went conservative for some)
Dawson – 58.1
Renshaw – 1:05.9
Stephens – 57.0
Freya/Hopkin – 52.0
Total: 3:53

NJones
Reply to  Nick
1 month ago

SWE and GBR have certainly entered the chat if they are all on, and one of the Aussies or Can has a slip…

Troyy
Reply to  NJones
1 month ago

Manuel’s best split is 51.86

NJones
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

True Manuel has not yet posted a ‘world beating’ relay split that is reflective of her Ind 100 free wins and her 52.0 best time. My sense is that if either or both Can and Aus are really pushing the US thru the fly leg of the MR on the ‘final’ night of the Olympics, that she will dig really deep and post something significant. Whether enough to win or not TBD….

Troyy
Reply to  NJones
1 month ago

Yes, I think Cate’s anchor was ‘slow’ at Gwangju because the US had an unassailable lead.

Swimfan
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

I think Manuel’s 51.86 was slow because she didn’t have Campbell pushing her to a mid/low 51 she was in no mans land all by her self ( Manuel’s 52.04 should translate to a 51.5-51.6 rolling start)

Robbos
1 month ago

That was an awesome swim by both Hodges & Strauch by Aussies standards lately. Hopefully they go faster in final.

Troyy
1 month ago

Huge PB from Cooper! 53.79

Jackman
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Yep that was great – hoping he can dip under OQT tonight to join Mitch in Tokyo.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jackman