2022 AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, May 18 – Sunday, May 22, 2022
- SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park, South Australia
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Day 2 of the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships featured one of the most exciting races of the year thus far when Zac Stubblety-Cook fired off a new 200 breaststroke world record. He clocked the first-ever sub-2:06 swim with a 2:05.95 to book himself a ticket to Budapest.
Now it’s time to get things started on day 3 of the meet. The third prelims session will begin with the women’s 200 freestyle, followed by the men’s 200 IM, the women’s 200 breast, the men’s 50 back, the women’s 100 back, the men’s 100 breast, and then the men’s 800 free to cap it off.
Women’s 200 Free Prelims
- World Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini (2009)
- World Junior Record: 1:55.11 – Mollie O’Callaghan (2021)
- Australian Record: 1:53.09 – Ariarne Titmus (2021)
- Commonwealth Record: 1:53.09 – Ariarne Titmus (2021)
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:58.66
- Ariarne Titmus, 1:55.53
- Kiah Melverton, 1:56.78
- Leah Neale, 1:56.83
- Madison Wilson, 1:57.03
- Lani Pallister, 1:57.23
- Mollie O’Callaghan, 1:57.26
- Brianna Throssell, 1:57.62
- Meg Harris, 1:58.17
Eight swimmers finished under the FINA ‘A’ cut in the women’s 200 free prelims.
In the first heat, reigning Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus unsurprisingly placed first in 1:55.53 to claim the top time entering the finals. The 21-year-old’s swim was less than a second off of her 1:54.66 from March, which ranks as the fastest time in the world this year. No. 4 seed Leah Neale got off to a great start, but Kiah Melverton finished strong to hold her off with a 1:56.78. Neale touched just .05 seconds later in third place. No. 5 seed Meg Harris took the eighth spot in the final with a time of 1:58.17.
In the second heat, rising star Mollie O’Callaghan pulled away late to win in 1:56.26. O’Callaghan, the No. 2 seed entering the heats, was just a tad slower than the top two finishers from the third heat, Madison Wilson (1:57.03) and Lani Pallister (1:57.23). At 19 years old, Pallister swam a personal best in her quest to make her first World Championships appearance. Sixth-seeded Brianna Throssell placed third in 1:57.62 to grab the No. 7 spot heading into the finals.
Men’s 200 IM Prelims
- World Record: 1:54.00 -Ryan Lochte (2011)
- World Junior Record: 1:56.99 – Hubert Kos (2021)
- Australian Record: 1:55.72 – Mitch Larkin (2019)
- Commonwealth Record: 1:55.28 – Duncan Scott (2021)
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:59.76
- Brendon Smith, 2:01.13
- David Schlicht, 2:01.62
- Se-Bom Lee, 2:01.67
- Gabriel Gorgas, 2:01.90
- Joshua Collett, 2:01.93
- Mitch Larkin, 2:02.15
- Kieren Pollard, 2:02.38
- William Petric, 2:02.73
Se-Bom Lee started things off in the men’s 200 IM with a heat 1-winning swim of 2:01.67. Lee hasn’t been under 2 minutes before and holds a best time of 2:00.02 from the 2019 World Junior Championships in Budapest. He finished third to Mitch Larkin and Brendon Smith last year at Olympic Trials with a 2:00.36.
Larkin was also in heat 1 of this event during prelims and swam a 2:02.15 to trail his own best time and Australian record of 2:02.15 from back in 2019. Between Lee and Larkin, Gabriel Gorgas posted a 2:01.90.
Olympic medalist in the 400 IM Brendon Smith was the fastest man in the following heat, swimming a 2:01.13 to out-touch David Schlicht’s 2:01.62. Smith raced the 200 IM at the Olympics and put up a PB of 1:58.57 to place 22nd in prelims.
Other top 8 finishers here include Joshua Collett who swam a 2:01.90 for 5th and Kieren Pollard who was a 2:02.38 for 7th overall. William Petric rounded out the top 8 with a 2:02.73. Notably, no men got under 2:00 during prelims, which means there was no one under the 200 IM FINA A cut.
Women’s 200 Breast Prelims
- World Record: 2:18.95 – Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021)
- World Junior Record: 2:19.64 – Viktoriya Gunes (2015)
- Australian Record: 2:20.54 – Leisel Jones (2006)
- Commonwealth Record: 2:18.95 – Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021)
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:25.91
- Jenna Strauch, 2:24.90
- Matilda Smith, 2:26.52
- Taylor McKeown, 2:27.29
- Ashleigh Oberekar, 2:27.94
- Abbey Harkin, 2:28.06
- Mikayla Smith, 2:29.29
- Reidel Smith, 2:30.78
- Ella Ramsay, 2:20.94
100 breaststroke World Championships qualifier Jenna Strauch came out with a 2:24.90 to win heat one of this event. Strauch qualified to race this event for Australia last year at the Olympics and swam a 2:23.30 for 8th in the prelims and followed up with a 2:24.25 in the semi-finals for 9th.
Strauch was under the FINA A here, meaning that she’s certainly within range to qualify for a second event for Budapest this summer if she can get within the top 2 during finals. Ashleigh Oberekar was the second-fastest woman in heat 1 with a 2:27.94 to undercut her 10th place entry time of 2:30.05. She will advance to the finals as 4th seed overall.
Strauch’s co-100 breast qualifier Abbey Harkin was the fastest in heat 2 but came in more than 3 seconds slower than Strauch with a 2:28.05. While that was faster than the other women in the heat, it was over the FINA A cut of 2:25.91. Harkin has been as quick as a 2:23.59 before though so she’ll be one to watch during finals.
Vet Taylor McKeown, who raced this event for Australia at the 2016 Olympics, posted a 2:27.29 to claim the second position in the third heat. Also over the FINA A, McKeown will need to improve during finals in order to vie for a ticket to Budapest. Just like Harkin, McKeown has been under that cut, holding a PB of 2:21.45 from back in 2016.
4th seed Matilda Smith jumped up to 2nd place during the heats, swimming a 2:26.52 to slightly beat her entry time of 2:26.92.
Men’s 50 Back Prelims
- World Record: 23.71 – Hunter Armstrong (2022)
- World Junior Record: 24.00 – Kliment Kolesnikov (2018)
- Australian Record: 24.54 – Ben Treffers (2014)
- Commonwealth Record: 24.04 – Liam Tancock (2009)
- Isaac Cooper, 24.74
- Ben Armbruster, 25.34
- Bradley Woodward, 25.70
- Zac Incerti, 25.74
- Andrew Rice, 25.90
- Harrison Abeya, 25.92
- Ty Hartwell / James Bayliss, 26.02
Isaac Cooper was just short of qualifying for the 50 freestyle on day 1 of the meet, swimming a 22.33 for third overall in the event. He also placed 3rd in the men’s 50 butterfly on day 2 with a 24.53. Now he will enter the 50 backstroke final with the fastest time, having swum a 24.74 as the only man under 25 seconds.
Notably, neither of the top 2 finishers in the men’s 200 backstroke, Joshua Edwards-Smith and Mitch Larkin, swam during the prelims of the 50 back. 3rd-place finisher in the 200 Bradley Woodward, however, swam here and put up a 25.70 to trail second-place finisher Ben Armbruster.
200 freestyle champion Zac Incerti was just 0.04 seconds behind Woodward with a 25.74 and Andrew Rice rounded out the top 6 in a 25.90.
Women’s 100 Back Prelims
- World Record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown (2021)
- World Junior Record: 57.57 – Regan Smith (2019)
- Australian Record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown (2021)
- Commonwealth Record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown (2021)
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:00.59
- Kaylee McKeown, 1:00.24
- Mollie O’Callaghan, 1:01.16
- Minna Atherton, 1:01.49
- Bronte Job, 1:01.61
- Stephanie Au*, 1:01.72
- Tahlia, 1:01.98
- Hannah Fredericks, 1:02.09
- Alyssa Burgess, 1:02.19
- Olivia Lefoe, 1:02.41
Kaylee McKeown has another relaxed prelims swim during the women’s 100 backstroke, putting up a 1:00.24 to win heat 1. She won the heat with a time more than 2 seconds slower than her world record of 57.45 from last year. Additionally, she was still under the FINA A cut despite her relatively slow swim.
After heat 2 McKeown was still in the lead considering that Mollie O’Callaghan won the heat with a 1:01.16. That’s O’Callaghan’s second swim of the session following her 200 freestyle prelim. O’Callaghan already qualified for Worlds by winning the 100 freestyle and could potentially add another 2 events during day 3 finals.
O’Callaghan’s PB in this event is a 58.86, which makes her the second-fastest woman in the field. 50 backstroke runner-up Bronte Job followed O’Callagahn by roughly half a second, posting a 1:01.61. She was followed by Tahlia Thorton with a 1:01.98.
Next up, Minna Atherton delivered a 1:01.49 to claim heat 3 victory, slightly out-touching Stephanie Au’s 1:01.72. Au competes internationally for Hong Kong and won’t be eligible to race in the A final. Atherton’s best time is a 59.46, which makes her the third and final sub-1:00 entrant in this event behind McKeown and O’Callaghan.
Men’s 100 Breast Prelims
- World Record: 56.88 – Adam Peaty (2017)
- World Junior Record: 59.01 – Nicolo Martinenghi (59.01)
- Australian Record: 58.58 – Brenton Rickard (2009)
- Commonwealth Record: 56.88 – Adam Peaty (2017)
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 59.75
- Zac Stubblety-Cook, 1:00.13
- Joshua Yong, 1:00.33
- Jake Packard, 1:00.58
- Samuel Williamson, 1:00.68
- Matthew Wilson, 1:01.01
- Nash Wilkes, 1:01.46
- Adam Selwood, 1:01.55
- Cooper van der Laan, 1:01.73
Fresh off his world record-breaking 200 breaststroke swim, Olympic champion Zac Stubblety-Cook put up a 1:00.13 to take heat 1 of the prelims in the 100 breaststroke. Notably, that’s just over a second faster than what he swam on the opening 100 of his 2:05.96 200 breaststroke (1:01.89), showing that he has the potential to be quicker during finals.
Stubblety-Cook holds a best time in this event of 59.69, which he swam in June 2021 and he posted a 1:00.05 during the prelims at the Tokyo Olympics to place 24th overall.
In heat 2, Joshua Yong was the fastest man with a 1:00.33, followed by Matthew Wilson who swam a 1:01.01. Yong finished 2nd in the 200 breaststroke prelims with a 2:11.69 but didn’t race during finals. Wilson on the other hand raced during finals and qualified for the World Championships team in the 200 breast.
Wilson has been as quick as a 59.17 in the 100 breast, which is under the FINA A cut.
Two men were between Yong and Wilson during the heats in Jake Packard and Samuel Williamson. Packard put up a 1:00.58 and Williamson a 1:00.68, which puts them in the #3 and #4 position. Notably, neither Packard nor Williamson race the 200 breaststroke at this meet but will enter the 100 final within the top 4.