SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Saturday, June 12th – Thursday, June 17th
- South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Adelaide, Australia
- Prelims at 10 am local (8:30 pm Eastern)/Finals at 7 pm local (5:30 am Eastern)
- Sole Olympic-Qualifying Opportunity
- 2021 Swimming Australia Olympic Nomination Criteria
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.