2024 Australian Olympic Trials: Day 5 Finals Live Recap

2024 AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS

We’re about to enter the penultimate night of action at the 2024 Australian Olympic Trials. Already we’ve seen a world record and big lifetime bests put up by the nation’s biggest players in their fight to make the squad for Paris 2024.

This morning’s biggest takeaways included the fact that 4-time Olympian Cate Campbell missed the A-final of the women’s 100m free, meaning that the 32-year-old veteran may not be on the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Additionally, Sam Short, runner-up in both the men’s 400m and 800m free already here, scratched the 1500m free due to an ongoing stomach illness.

Of those who will be diving in for the A-finals, we’ll see former world record holder Zac Stubblety-Cook start us off in the men’s 200m breast, followed by Jenna Strauch in the women’s edition.

Bradley Woodward and Joshua Edwards-Smith are set to duel in the men’s 200m back followed by a monster cache of talent appearing in the women’s 100m free.

This morning the heats of the 1free brought us 4 women under the 53-second threshold, including leader Meg Harris (52.52), Mollie O’Callaghan (52.57), Shayna Jack (52.65) and Bronte Campbell (52.95).

Campbell’s appearance is a good sign that the calf injury which rendered her out of most of April’s Open Championships has healed and the mainstay is back to form.

MEN’S 200 BREAST – FINAL

GOLD – Zac Stubblety-Cook, 2:07.40 * OLY Qualifier
SILVER – Joshua Yong, 2:08.08 *OLY Qualifier
BRONZE –Bailey Lello, 2:10.85

Former world record holder Zac Stubblety-Cook has booked his ticket to Paris in his attempt to defend his gold medal in this men’s 200m breast event.

The 25-year-old punched a winning time of 2:07.40, over 2 seconds under the Swimming Australia-mandated Olympic Qualification Time of 2:09.50.

His time this evening checks in as a season-best overtaking the 2:07.50 he produced for gold at April’s Australian Open Championships. ZSC’s personal best remains at the 2:05.95 produced at the 2022 Aussie National Championships.

In another impressive performance, 22-year-old Joshua Yong stopped the clock at 2:08.08 to reap silver and add this event to the 100m breast for which he already qualified.

Yong’s 2:08.08 slashed nearly half a second off his previous PB of 2:08.54 from April and remains Australia’s #5 performer in history.

Top 5 Australian Men’s LCM 200 Breaststroke Performers All-Time

  1. Zac Stubblety-Cook – 2:05.95, 2022
  2. Matt Wilson – 2:06.67, 2019
  3. Christian Sprenger – 2:07.31, 2009
  4. Brenton Rickard – 2:07.89, 2009
  5. Joshua Yong – 2:08.08, 2024

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – FINAL

  • World Record – 2:17.55, Evgenia Chikunova (RUS), 2023
  • Australian Record – 2:20.54, Leisel Jones, 2006
  • Oceanic Record – 2:20.54, Leisel Jones, 2006
  • Commonwealth Record – 2:18.95, Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 2021
  • All Comers Record – 2:20.04, Rie Kaneto (JPN), 2016
  • Swim Australia OQT – 2:23.91

GOLD – Ella Ramsay, 2:22.87 *OLY Qualifier
SILVER – Jenna Strauch, 2:24.04
BRONZE – Matilda Smith, 2:25.84

In a stroke-for-stroke battle to the wall, it was 19-year-old Ella Ramsay who got to there first, ripping a new lifetime best of 2:22.87.

It was Miami’s 27-year-old Jenna Strauch who posted a 3rd leg of 36.44 to slightly get the edge but Ramsay closed in 27.26 to seal the deal.

Strauch settled for silver in 2:24.04, missing the Swimming Australia-mandated Olympic Qualification Time of 2:23.91. However, as she won the 100m breast earlier to make the medley relay, she may be able to swim this 2breast in Paris.

Matilda Smith, the 19-year-old Miami teammate of Strauch, rounded out the top 3 in 2:25.84. World Championships medalist Abbey Harkin wrangled up 4th in 2:26.01.

Going back to Ramsay, her 2:22.87 performance in this final is a personal best by over a second, blasting her previous PB of 2:24.28 from last December’s Queensland Championships. She now becomes Australia’s 4th-quickest performer in history and just the 4th Aussie to have ever delved under the 2:23 barrier.

Australian Women’s LCM Top 200 Breaststroke Performers All-Time

  1. Leisel Jones – 2:20.54, 2006
  2. Taylor McKeown – 2:21.45, 2016
  3. Jenna Strauch – 2:22.22, 2022
  4. Ella Ramsay – 2:22.87, 2024
  5. Tessa Wallace – 2:23.34, 2015

MEN’S 200 BACK – FINAL

  • World Record – 1:51.92, Aaron Peirsol (USA), 2009
  • Australian Record – 1:53.17, Mitch Larkin, 2015
  • Oceanic Record – 1:53.17, Mitch Larkin 2015
  • Commonwealth Record – 1:53.17, Mitch Larkin, 2015
  • All Comers Record – 1:53.72, Mitch Larkin, 2015
  • Swim Australia OQT – 1:57.28

GOLD – Bradley Woodward, 1:56.22 *OLY Qualifier
SILVER – Se-Bom Lee, 1:57.02 *OLY Qualifier
BRONZE – Joshua Edwards-Smith, 1:57.10

Leading the field wire-to-wire, 25-year-old Bradley Woodward fired off a time of 1:56.22 to make his first Olympic team.

Woodward split 27.16/29.29/29.74/30.03 to clock the sole outing of the field under the 1:57 barrier, beating the Swimming Australia OQT of 1:57.28 after missing the mark in the 100m back.

Woodward’s personal best remains at the 1:55.56 punched at last year’s Japan Open as the 3rd-best Aussie in history.

22-year-old Se-Bom Lee ripped a time of 1:57.02 out of lane 2 to take the 2nd Olympic slot. It looked as though Griffith’s Joshua Edwards-Smith was going to clinch the silver but Lee closed in 29.93 to Edwards-Smith’s 30.26 to get the job done.

Entering this competition, Lee’s lifetime best checked in at the 1:58.28 from last December’s NSW State Open Championships, so the 2020 Olympian blew that to bits en route to qualification.

Lee missed qualifying in the 200m IM but still has the chance to add the 400m IM to his event lineup tomorrow.

WOMEN’S 100 FREE – FINAL

  • World Record – 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • Australian Record – 51.96, Emma McKeon, 2021
  • Oceanic Record – 51.96, Emma McKeon, 2021
  • Commonwealth Record – 51.96, Emma McKeon, 2021
  • All Comers Record – 52.06, Cate Campbell, 2016
  • Swim Australia OQT – 53.61

GOLD – Mollie O’Callaghan, 52.33 *OLY Qualifier
SILVER – Shayna Jack, 52.72 *OLY Qualifier
BRONZE – Meg Harris, 52.97

In one of the most highly-anticipated races of these Trials, the women’s 100m freestyle final did not disappoint. 4 of the top 10 Australian performers ever were among the pack

The 200m free and 100m back runner-up already here in Brisbane, 20-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan beat a stacked field to take the top spot, hitting 52.33.

Opening in 25.61 and closing in 26.72, MOC dropped .24 from her 52.57 prelims swim to add this 3rd individual event to her Paris lineup.

St. Peters Western teammate Shayna Jack snared silver, posting 52.72, a time .07 slower than her morning result. Regardless, she, too, easily cleared the Swimming Australia-mandated time of 53.61 needed to notch her name onto the Olympic roster.

Jack’s qualification is especially significant as the 25-year-old missed the opportunity to try for the Tokyo team due to serving a 2-year ban for having tested positive for Ligandrol.

She came back with a vengeance, however, earning 50m free silver as well as being a part of two world record-setting relays at the 2023 World Championships.

Rackley ace Meg Harris, who led this field out of the heats with a big-time personal best of 52.52, added nearly half a second to place 3rd. That seals her spot on the women’s 4x100m free relay and she’ll be joined by 30-year-old Bronte Campbell who clocked 53.10 as the 4th place finisher.

We reported how C2’s sister, 4-time Olympian Cate Campbell, missed making this final by .01. C2 said Cate has been ill heading into these Trials.

The remaining field finished as follows including Asutralia’s winningest Olympian of all time, Emma McKeon, most likely making the relay with a 6th place 53.33.

5th – Olivia Wunsch, 53.17
6th – Emma McKeon, 53.33
7th – Brianna Throssell, 53.61
8th – Milla Jansen, 54.05

MEN’S 1500 FREE– FINAL

  • World Record – 14:31.02, Sun Yang (CHN), 2012
  • Australian Record – 14:34.56, Grant Hackett, 2001
  • Oceanic Record – 14:34.56, Grant Hackett, 2001
  • Commonwealth Record – 14:34.56, Grant Hackett, 2001
  • All Comers Record – 14:39.54, Mack Horton, 2019
  • Swim Australia OQT – 14:54.29

GOLD – Matthew Galea, 14:58.96
SILVER – Kyle Lee, 15:08.72
BRONZE – Benjamin Goedemans, 15:09.38

The grueling men’s 1500m freestyle saw Matthew Galea notch the sole outing of the field under the 15:00 barrier.

22-year-old Galea of SOSC stopped the clock in 14:58.96, a mark within range of his lifetime best of 14:57.19.

Unfortunately, for Galea, he needed at least a result of 14:54.29 to notch his name onto the Australian roster for Paris.

We reported how Sam Short, bronze medalist in this event at the 2023 World Championships, scratched after having already earned silvers in the 400m and 800m free.

Short owns a career-quickest result of 14:37.28, well under the OQT. As no man earned qualification and Short is already on the team in the 400m and most likely the 800m, his 1500m berth is also mostly likely now secure.

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Jarjam
1 month ago

I think the USA women will be right there in the 4×100 free relay and could win it and they should win the 4×100 Medley Relay

Laps
1 month ago

I feel like the US has been ‘closing the gap’ with Australia in the 400 free relay for ages. Last year two swimmers went sub 53 in prelims at US trials and there was talk that it would be a lot closer with Aus in Fukuoka only for Aus to win by 4 seconds.

There’s no way Australia wins by 4 seconds this year but I still think they are the heavy favourites and should win comfortably. Harris is in PB form, Mollie looks due for a PB in Paris and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jack back to a flat start 52.2. The loss of a McKeon sub 52 split hurts a lot, but I think if the… Read more »

Troyy
Reply to  Laps
1 month ago

Bronte has a really good relay exchange so should be capable of a 52.2-52.3 in current form. In Tokyo when she was in 53.0 form she split 52.3 later in the meet. 2017 Worlds was another meet where she was in similar flat start shape and split 52.1.

Sub13
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Yeah we lost time in Tokyo by leading her off. MOC leadoff for both free relays is the way to go

Peter
1 month ago

More covered up drug positives coming out of China. China needs to be banned

Sub13
1 month ago

If you take the top 4 100 free times from yesterday, they add up to 3:30.45.

If you take the top 4 US times from the last 6 years (yes that includes Manuel’s PB), they add up to 3:30.45.

Robbos
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

The Aussies won’t swim as poorly again neither.

taa
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

you are in denial

NotHimAgain
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

You better bloody believe it!

NotHimAgain
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

All that matters is what’s going to happen in the Olympic finals and that will be the Aussies winning in world record time. Thank you.

Rswim
1 month ago

Gotta be tough to be a women’s 100free swimmer in Australia, 53.33 to get a relay alt spot is nuts

LBSWIM
Reply to  Rswim
1 month ago

I’m pretty sure that could be the same for US. 53.33 may not even get on the team.

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

Australia is still favourite to win the women’s 4X100FS but they are not unbeatable. If you had told me one day ago that the 100FS would be won in only 52.3, that second and third would barely get under 53 seconds, that McKeon would only be 53.3 and that Cate Campbell would miss the final, I wouldn’t have believed you.

BairnOwl
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

Are you also factoring in the three 52-mids from prelims? Swimming in the final of an Olympic trials is different from swimming on a relay.

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

If I had to bet on it I would put my money on Australia but the saying is that you should never count your chickens before they’re hatched. Going into the race all the commentary was about whether O’Callaghan would break the WR, how many would join her in the sub 52 club, whether the top six would all be sub 53 …… None of that happened. They all went slower than expected. You cannot discount entirely that the same could happen in Paris or that the American team pulls out something totally unexpected. It’s as simple as that.

taa
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

The relay with certain gold is now the 4×200. The 4×1 I could see USA having a top 4 with similar times there is the problem of Manuel and Huske don’t seem to have great rolling starts and only 1 can leadoff.

PineappleNoMore
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

The 3 52s from prelims were the same people as the 3 52s that the poster mentioned in finals. It doesn’t add up to 6 swimmers who went sub 52.

Thomas
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

This bodes well for Marrit Steenbergen’s chances at the Olympics with her 52.26. I expected the Aussies to go faster…

stubs
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

Yeh it was a bit below expectations but hardly catastrophic.. You could look it from the perspective that swimmers that have split a 51 and 52 mid in relays could only manage 5th and 6th and the the female with the fastest relay split of all time couldn’t even make the final…

Jeah
1 month ago

Is Chalmers actually swimming the 100 fly?

Skip
Reply to  Jeah
1 month ago

I hope so, he’s next to cody in the heat, thats what i am going to see, along with matt temple in heat 1, max cunningham in heat 6.

Tracey
Reply to  Jeah
1 month ago

No, he’s got a bit of a problem with his back.

Guimaraes Cayley
1 month ago

These Games in Paris are going to be FAST. I am sorry C2 is not feeling well. She is my favorite Australian swimmer. Her technique is flawless. Her technique is almost as beautiful as that of Therese Alshammar.

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