SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Saturday, June 12th – Thursday, June 17th
- South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Adelaide, Australia
- Sole Olympic-Qualifying Opportunity
- 2021 Swimming Australia Olympic Nomination Criteria
- Meet Site
- Final Start List
- Live results
- Qualifying Criteria
- Day 3 Finals Live Stream (Amazon Prime required)
The third day of competition is underway at the Swimming Australia Olympic and Paralympic trials. Yesterday saw Kaylee McKeown break the world record in the 100 backstroke and Ariarne Titmus coming with .50 seconds of Katie Ledecky‘s world record in the 400 freestyle.
Both swimmers will be competing tonight and earned top seeds at this morning’s preliminary session. McKeown cruised to a 2:13.19 in the 200 IM to lead the field by over a second. With a 2:08.23 from December, she should have a lot more left in the tank tonight. Titmus swam a 1:55.72 in the 200 freestyle to lead all swimmers. The Australian women hold the world record in the 800 freestyle relay and their depth in this event is on full display. It took 1:58.05 to make the finals heat tonight and the top six swimmers were all under 1:57.00 this morning. Emma McKeon, who broke the Australian record in the 100 butterfly on night one, is the third seed at 1:56.52.
If the men’s 400 freestyle from the first day is any indication, the 800 freestyle tonight should be a great race. Jack McLoughlin, the runner up in the 400, is the top seed in the event at 7:42.64. The winner of the 400, Elijah Winnington has scratched, leaving the door open for Thomas Neill at 7:48.65. Olympic veteran Mack Horton is the fifth seed at 7:52.65. McLoughlin is seeded within four seconds of Grant Hackett‘s Australian record.
Women 200 Meter IM – Finals
- World Record: 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015
- Australian Record: 2:07.03 – Stephanie Rice, 2009
- Commonwealth Record: 2:06.88 – Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GBR), 2016
- World Junior Record: 2:09.64 – Yu Yiting (CHN), 2021
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:06.58
- Olympic Qualifying Time: 2:10.49
McKeown, to no surprise, was out to the early lead, turning at the first 50 in 27.71. McKeown extended her lead after backstroke, turning in 1:00.37. Tessa Wallace would move up on the breaststroke leg, turning second behind McKeown with a 50 left. McKeown would finish in 2:08.19 in a personal best time, dropping .04 from her world-leading time from December. Wallace’s time of 2:11.79 is her first time under 2:12 and off the qualifying time for Tokyo. Bailey put up a best time as well, dropping .40 off her previous best of 2:13.28.
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Men 12&O 150 Meter IM MC, SM2-SM4 Finals
Kelly and “Scooter” Patterson faced off for the second time today as both swimmers are in the same classification. Patterson had early speed in the first 50, touching in 56.99 after the backstroke leg. Kelly moved ahead on breaststroke and opened-up a three second lead heading into the freestyle leg. Kelly would take the win as both swimmers would be under the qualifying time and put themselves into position to qualify for Tokyo.
Women 12&O 200 Meter IM MC, SM5-SM14 – Finals
Podium (by points):
As a contrast to the previous event, the women’s 200 IM multi-class event had swimmers from different classifications. 16-year old Jasmine Greenwood would set the Australian record in the SM10 classification twice today as she swam 2:29.93 this morning then dropped another .10 seconds tonight as she swam 2:29.83.
Men 12&O 200 Meter IM MC, SM5-SM14 – Finals
Podium (by points):
Tim Hodge, the top finisher this morning, dropped over a second from his prelims swim of 2:17.03 to finish in 2:15.25 and under the qualifying time. Matthew Levy, a 4-time Paralympic qualifier, set an Australian record in the S7 classification this morning with a time of 2:35.99. Levy was a bit slower this evening but achieved a qualifying time in prelims.
Men 200 Meter Butterfly – Finals
- World Record: 1:50.73 – Kristof Milak (HUN), 2019
- Australian Record: 1:54.46 – Nick D’Arcy, 2009
- Commonwealth Record: 1:52.96 – Chad le Clos (RSA), 2012
- World Junior Record: 1:53.79 – Kristof Milak (HUN), 2017
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:53.36
- Olympic Qualifying Time: 1:56.25
Matthew Temple, the top qualifier this morning was out quick in 24.91 in the first 50, well faster than his prelims swim. Bowen Gough moved up the second 50 and touched with the lead at the halfway point. Gough would continue to lead at the 150. The last 50 would turn into a 3-way race with Gough, Temple, and David Morgan moving up on the field. Temple came back to win in a personal best time of 1:55.25 followed by Morgan in 1:55.40 and Gough in 1:55.88. All three swimmers under the OQT; as only two swimmers can make the team in each event, Temple and Morgan will be competing in Tokyo.
Women 200 Meter Freestyle – Finals
- World Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 2009
Australian Record: 1:54.27 – Ariarne Titmus, 2019 Commonwealth Record: 1:54.27 – Ariarne Titmus, 2019
- World Junior Record: 1:55.43 – Junxuan Yang (CHN), 2019
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 1:53.73
- Olympic Qualifying Time: 1:56.82
Six swimmers in prelims would have made finals at the 2019 FINA World Championships. Aside from individual qualification, there are relay spots at stake tonight. Eyes will be on the battle between Titmus and McKeon.
McKeon was out fast, and built lead of half a body length at the first 50 as she turned in 26.22. McKeon would hold the lead ahead of Titmus at the 100 as she turned in 55.27 with both under world-record pace. Titmus made her move on the third 50, splitting 29.09 to McKeon’s 29.96 to lead at the 150 in 1:24.64. Titmus was battling the WR line with 10 meters left and would finish in 1:53.09 for a new Australian and Commonwealth record and the second fastest time in history. Only Federica Pellegrini from 2009 is faster at 1:52.98.
The top four Australian women combine for a 7:39.59, which is nearly two seconds faster than the current world record in the 800 freestyle relay of 7:41.50 held by Australia. This does not account for relay exchanges and any additional drops that will happen between now and Tokyo.
Titmus split of 28.45 on the final 50 was her second-fastest 50 of the race, out-splitting McKeon by over a second. Titmus’ swim puts her over a second ahead of Katie Ledecky for number one in the world this year. McKeon moves up to fourth in the world rankings.
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Men 12&O 50 Back MC, S1-S5 – Finals
- Grant Patterson – 58.02
Scooter Patterson was in the pool for his second event of the day. Patterson was swimming solo and had the strength of the crowd behind him. His time of 58.02 was a bit slower than his 57.85 from this morning and missed the qualifying time in the event. Patterson is stronger in other events and has already put up two qualifying swims at the meet.
Men 800 Meter Freestyle – Finals
- World Record: 7:32.12 – Lin Zhang (CHN), 2009
- Australian Record: 7:38.65 – Grant Hackett, 2005
- Commonwealth Record: 7:38.65 – Grant Hackett, 2005
- World Junior Record: 7:45.67 – Mack Horton (AUS), 2013
- 2016 Olympic Champion: N/A (New Olympic event in 2021)
- Olympic Qualifying Time: 7:48.12
Through the first 200 it was a race between McLoughlin and Neil as they opened-up a body-length lead on the field. The two would swim together stroke for stroke over the second 200. McLoughlin held the lead at the 400 with a split of 3:50.50 with Neill just behind at 3:50.71. McLoughlin began to pull away over the fifth 100 as he led Neil by over a second at the 500 meter mark. McLoughlin continued to expand his lead over the final 300 meters to finish in 7:42.51, just under his previous best of 7:42.64 from the 2019 World Championships. Neill, who has already qualified for the 800 freestyle relay, faded over the last 50 to finish second in 7:48.97 and outside of the OQT.
McLoughlin has qualified for his second individual event for Tokyo, after finishing second in the 400 freestyle on Saturday. He ranks second in the world this season in the 800, just behind Gregorio Paltrinieri’s 7:41.96.
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