2021 Australian Olympic Trials – Day 6 Prelims Live Recap

SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS

WOMEN’S 200 BACK – PRELIM

  • World: 2:03.35 26/07/2019 Regan Smith, USA
  • Commonwealth: 2:04.31 14/05/2021 Kaylee McKeown, AUS
  • Australian: 2:04.31 14/05/2021 Kaylee McKeown, USC Spartans
  • All Comer: 2:04.31 4/05/2021 Kaylee McKeown, USC Spartans
  • OQT: 2:09.40

TOP 8:

In a relatively relaxed 200 backstroke prelims, Emily Seebohm topped the field in 2:10.36. She led the other top contenders to make the team, Kaylee McKeown and Minna Atheron. McKeown is fresh off breaking the World Record in the 100 back a few days ago, and swam a 2:10.52. Safe to say, she’s got something faster up her sleeve for the final.She also holds the Australian Record in this event at 2:04.31, which she swam just a month ago.

Atherton entered the meet with a 2:06.82, and touched 3rd this morning in 2:11.02.

 

MEN’S 100 FLY – PRELIM

  • World: 49.50 26/07/2019 Caeleb Dressel, USA
  • Commonwealth: 50.39 12/08/2016 Joseph Schooling, SGP
  • Australian: 50.85 1/08/2009 Andrew Lauterstein, SOPAC
  • All Comer: 50.65 9/04/2018 Chad le Clos, RSA
  • OQT: 51.70

TOP 8:

Matthew Temple, the 21-year-old fly star, used a field-leading 27.37 on the 2nd 50 to touch first this morning. Temple posted a 51.79, marking the only sub-52 of the heats. He has a best of 51.47, which sits just over half a second off the Australian Record of 50.85. That record, it should be noted, it a “super suited” record.

Fellow 21-year-old Shaun Champion chipped 0.02 seconds off his personal best to take 2nd this morning, swimming a 52.15. Champion led the field of finals qualifiers on the first 50, splitting 24.26.

Cody Simpson swam well under his entry time of 53.63, taking the 6th seed for finals in 52.84.

Update:

Following a swim-off Edward Marks grabbed the 8th spot for tonight, swimming a 52.84.

WOMEN’S 800 FREE – SLOWER HEATS

  • World: 8:04.79 18/08/2016 Katie Ledecky, USA
  • Commonwealth: 8:14.10 16/08/2008 Rebecca Adlington, GBR
  • Australian: 8:15.70 27/07/2019 Ariarne Titmus, SPW
  • All Comer: 8:11.35 23/08/2014 Katie Ledecky, USA
  • OQT: 8:29.70

TOP 3:

Leading the way on the slower heats was 21-year-old Mikayla Messer, who dropped nearly 6 full seconds from her entry time. Messer clocked an 8:37.37, swimming a consistent race. She flipped at 4:17.61 at the 400m mark, then swam a 4:19.77 on the 2nd 400. The fastest heat will be swum tonight, where Ariarne Titmus will be chasing another title to add to her haul this week.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE – PRELIM

  • World: 23.67 29/07/2017 Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
  • Commonwealth: 23.78 7/04/2018 Cate Campbell, AUS
  • Australian: 23.78 7/04/2018 Cate Campbell, Chandler
  • All Comer: 23.78 7/04/2018 Cate Campbell, Chandler
  • OQT: 24.46

TOP 8:

It was Cate Campbell‘s turn to let it fly in a preliminary swim, as the 29-year-old superstar ripped a 24.04 to lead the heats by .42 seconds. The swim was only 0.02 seconds off Campbell’s season best, and sets her up for a potentially sub-24 swim tonight. Campbell is the Australian Record-holder with her lifetime best of 23.78, which she swam in 2018.

After her electric performances in the 100 free on Wednesday, Emma McKeon got the job done this morning, posting the 2nd-fastest time in the field. McKeon’s 24.46 was well off her best of 24.17, but given her 100 freestyles yesterday, we know she’s got it in her to put up a quicker time tonight.

Holly Barratt, 33, chipped .11 seconds off her entry time, swimming a 24.51 to for 3rd this morning. The veteran will be chasing another Olympic berth in tonight’s final.

Meg Harris, just 19 year old, continues to show improvement. Harris dropped a quarter of a second in this morning’s swim, taking 4th in 24.64. Harris had a breakthrough 52-second 100 free at last night’s final. Madison Wilson, 27, is another swimmer who clocked a 52-second 100 free last night. Wilson was 5th this morning in 24.66, matching her entry time.

 

MEN’S 50 FREE – PRELIM

  • World: 20.91 18/12/2009 Cesar Cielo, BRA
  • Commonwealth: 21.19 26/11/2009 Ashley Callus, AUS
  • Australian: 21.19 26/11/2009 Ashley Callus, North End
  • All Comer: 21.19 26/11/2009 Ashley Callus, North End
  • OQT: 21.77

TOP 8:

Veteran Matthew Targett made it into the final tonight by a comfortable margin, taking 6th with a 22.37. That marks a season best for the 35-year-old by .11 seconds.

Top seed Cameron McEvoy was looking relaxed this morning, posting a 22.08 for a 1st-place tie with Grayson Bell. McEvoy’s time was just 0.20 seconds off his season best of 21.88, while Bell took 0.22 seconds off his season best.

Of note, there are no teenagers who made the final tonight in this event.

 

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Jackman
1 month ago

I am ready for Matt Targett and Andrew Lauterstein to take 1-2 in the 50 free and we can all party like its 2008

James Roberts 3rd to bring the podium cumulative age total to 100.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jackman
Samboys
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Lauterstein isn’t there. He got stuck in Victoria.

Rafael
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Cielo decided to swim a 50 free yesterday, now only call bousquet and assemble the relay of the dominant auburn of the past

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

set that masters 4×50 wr

Oceanian
1 month ago

uh-oh – here’s my earworm muzak again..

Oceanian
1 month ago

100 fly is probably the most interesting of the heats this morning. Good luck to a couple of the boys in getting down to OQ time.

Oceanian
1 month ago

Will Cody Simpson make the final with a big PB? lol

Last edited 1 month ago by Oceanian
Jackman
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

Yep

Torchbearer
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

Looks like 6th-7th…..! Good for him!

Oceanian
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

Can’t complain about having another improving 52 sec flyer. Seems he really IS serious about aiming for Paris.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

Yes he did

Jackman
1 month ago

Really impressive for Cody Simpson to go a 52.8. There’s clear room for improvement with a sloppy turn and finish.

M d e
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Finish will probably be sloppy again in the final, he was fading pretty hard.

Done incredible to make it this far though, props to the lad.

I am going to be annoyed at this final being the Cody show though if that’s the way they go, hope they give the guys like Temple who are actually going to get on the team their shine.

Torchbearer
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

They barely mentioned Simpson this morning…so they seem to have the balance right. He is good publicity though!

M d e
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

Not sure how popular he actually is in mainstream audience at this point, But if it gets people in the door its great, But once you get them in your goal should be to convince them they care about the elite swimmers.

Torchbearer
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

Simpson obviously has been an elite swimmer for much of his life (particularly his young years)., he knows how it works….there is no room for glamour or divas!

M d e
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

Elite is a stretch. He was a good solid age grouper with a lot of potential who stopped before he got to find out if he could realise it.

To come back and get as far as he has in such a short space of time is incredible, but he is still a long way from world class times.

If he persists another 3 years as he seems to want too anything could be possible though.

Last edited 1 month ago by M d e
Aquajosh
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

He won Masked Singer Australia in 2019 and dated Miley Cyrus until last year, so he has a pretty high profile. Fortunately, both of his parents also swam on the National team, so they aren’t letting him do this as a vanity project. He really wants to do it.

Jackman
1 month ago

Of course the technical manager is Karen! That’s why we are getting all the DQs.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jackman
Oceanian
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

I breathe a sigh of relief every time Sarah says “Lane one”

Oceanian
1 month ago

Good to hear Rohan name Isaac as the surprise up&comer of the trials. Hopefully that augers well for his discretionary selection in the team.

Troyy
1 month ago

The men’s 50 is another event with no qualifiers isn’t it?

Drama King
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Mcevoy will make it.
21.8 incoming 😎

Troyy
Reply to  Drama King
1 month ago

The QT is 21.77 and the only years he got under that are 2016-2017.

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