2021 Australian Olympic Trials: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap

SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS

MEN’S 200 IM – PRELIM

  • World: 1:54.00 28-Jul-11 Ryan Lochte, USA
  • Commonwealth: C 1:55.72 12-Jun-19 Mitch Larkin, AUS
  • Australian: A 1:55.72 12-Jun-19 Mitch Larkin, SPW
  • All Comer: 1:54.98 29-Mar-07 Michael Phelps, USA
  • OQT: Q 1:57.98

The men’s 200m IM prelims were on the subdued side with just one athlete getting under the 2:00 barrier in the form of Mitch Larkin. The St. Peters Western athlete posted a top-seeded effort of 1:59.21 to hold over a 2-second advantage over the top 2 finishers in the 400m IM here, Se-Bom Lee and Brendon Smith.

Young Thomas Hauck lurks as the 4th seed in 2:02.45, but this is Larkin’s race to lose, as the 27-year-old veteran boasts a season-best of 1:56.32 to rank as the 3rd fastest performer in the world. And, Larkin is going all-in in this event, dropping the 200m back to focus on this multi-discipline event instead.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK MC – PRELIM

MEN’S 100 BACK MC – PRELIM

WOMEN’S 50 FLY MC – PRELIM

MEN’S 50 FLY MC – PRELIM

 

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – PRELIM

  • World: 2:19.11 01-Aug-13 Rikke Pedersen, DEN
  • Commonwealth: C 2:20.12 30-Jul-09 Annamay Pierse, CAN
  • Australian: A 2:20.54 01-Feb-00 Leisel Jones, Commercial
  • All Comer: 2:20.04 06-Feb-16 Rie Kaneto, JPN
  • OQT: Q 2:24.18

24-year-old Jenna Strauch leads the women’s 200m breaststroke field by over 2 seconds, posting a morning prelim outing of 2:25.24. That’s less than half a second off of her lifetime best of 2:24.49, a time she’ll need to beat to hit the Aussie-mandated QT of 2:24.18 needed for Tokyo.

Abbey Harkin looked controlled to easily make it into the final, clocking 2:27.49. Harkin is the highest-ranked Aussie entering this meet, but still sits just 17th in the world this season.

Mikayla Smith of Nunawading produced 2:27.64 as the 3rd seeded swimmer. Smith’s effort hacked almost a second off of her lifetime test of 2:27.20.

Of note, 2016 Rio Olympic finalist in this event, Taylor McKeown, sneaked into the final with a prelims time of 2:29.49.

The question is whether any of these women can get under the QT in tonight’s final.

MEN’S 200 BACK – PRELIM

  • World: 1:51.92 31/07/2009 Aaron Peirsol, USA
  • Commonwealth: 1:53.17 7/11/2015 Mitch Larkin, AUS
  • Australian: 1:53.17 7/11/2015 Mitch Larkin, SPW
  • All Comer: 1:53.72 15/12/2015 Mitch Larkin, SPW
  • OQT: 1:57.26

Sans the aforementioned Larkin, this men’s 200m backstroke is essentially wide open, with any number of swimmers capable of sneaking to the top of the podium. The question will be if they can muster the 1:57.26 qualification time, a mark which both Tristan Hollard and Travis Mahoney have in their sights after morning swims of 1:58.79 and 1:58.82, respectively.

18-year-old Joshua Edwards-Smith is also in the mix with a sub-2:00 result of 1:59.37, while 6th seeded Thomas Hauck took on the 2IM/2back double and was rendered to 6th place in 2:00.69.

WOMEN’S 100 FREE – PRELIM

  • World: 51.71 23/07/2017 Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
  • Commonwealth: 52.03 10/08/2018 Cate Campbell, AUS
  • Australian: 52.03 10/08/2018 Cate Campbell, Chandler
  • All Comer: 52.06 2/07/2016 Cate Campbell, Chandler
  • OQT: 53.31

The story coming out of this morning has to be 27-year-old Emma McKeon swimming a new personal best of 52.19. Coming in the heats, no less, McKeon was able to scare the Australian Record held by Cate Campbell (52.06). The swim was a new top mark for McKeon by exactly 0.1 seconds, and is the top time in the world.

Cate Campbell, for her part, posted a truly relaxed-looking 52.78 this morning, taking the 2nd seed for tonight. She took the race out quite a bit slower than McKeon did, splitting 25.30 on the first 50m, to McKeon’s 24.95. Campbell’s season best of 52.46 is now the #2 time in the world this year.

Madison Wilson was another swimmer to crack her lifetime best this morning, roaring to a 53.06. The swim marked a personal best for the 27-year-old, who had just recently swum her previous best of 53.40 back in April.

Youngster Meg Harris took 4th this morning with a new personal best of 53.23, bettering her entry time of 53.87 by a big margin. Bronte Campbell also turned in a solid prelims time, swimming a 53.35 for 5th place.

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Jackman
1 month ago

Can Se-Bom or Brendon Smith drop a bomb tonight to get under Fina A time of 1:59.67?

Last edited 1 month ago by Jackman
Oceanian
1 month ago

finally a thread..

Oceanian
1 month ago

On that swim, Taylor McK looks unlikely to be sharing a room with her sister in Tokyo.

Miss M
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

It was always unlikely, but looking pretty much impossible now 🙁

Can Strauch or Harkin finish under the QT?

commonwombat
Reply to  Retta Race
1 month ago

Both of them have been around the 2.24-25 range for a couple of years without breaking through. If I were to back one to make the QT it would be Strauch, going off her 100, but I wouldn’t care to wager ye olde family homestead on that proposition.

Jackman
1 month ago

Are we really watching a heat of 4 followed by a heat of 2?

Oceanian
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

They always seem to do that to stick to the original programme/scheduling.

Jackman
1 month ago

Hartwell DQ after going a great 1:57.5 PB. His start looked very legal I wonder what the issue was.

Oceanian
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Sarah will announce it in a minute

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

and the results for heat number 1 are now official!

M d e
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

That’s gotta be devastating.

The spot was right there too.

Jackman
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

He apparently ‘started before the starting signal’. Nothing to see there – reinstate him like Zac

Jamie5678
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

It must be pretty conclusive one way or another false starting on a 200 backstroke no?

Calara
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Hartwell has been reinstated and is top seed for the final

Torchbearer
Reply to  Calara
1 month ago

Thanks for the update…

Troyy
1 month ago

Women’s 100 free time. Exciting.

Oceanian
1 month ago

Let’s Go!

Jackman
1 month ago

Cate looked better than I expected – that was the easiest looking 52.7 I’ve seen

M d e
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

How about that 52.1?

Troyy
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

She’s SO smooth.

Stephen
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Another near WR night maybe?

M d e
Reply to  Stephen
1 month ago

I think she is going 51.

Hope it’s a WR.

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