2024 NSW State Open Championships: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

2024 NEW SOUTH WALES STATE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day one of the 2024 New South Wales State Open Championships will start within the hour. The championships are being held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center, with heavy hitters such as Mollie O’Callaghan, Kaylee McKeown, Emma McKeon, Maximillian Giuliani, Isaac Cooper, and Cameron McEvoy all in attendance.

The first of three prelim sessions will feature ten events, in addition to some para-class action. The day will kick off with the men’s 400 free, with the women’s 50 fly, men’s 200 fly, women’s 100 breast, men’s 50 breast, women’s 100 free, men’s 100 free, women’s 400 IM, women’s 200 back, and men’s 50 back also on the docket.

Men’s 400 Freestyle — HEATS

  • World Record – 3:40.07, Paul Biedermann (2009)
  • Australian Record – 3:40.08, Ian Thorpe (2002)
  • Commonwealth Record – 3:40.08, Ian Thorpe (2002)

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. Benjamin Goedemans (STPET) – 3:52.77
  2. Matthew Galea (SOSC) – 3:52.84
  3. Lachlan Walker (GUSC) – 3:54.75
  4. James Koch (MIAMI) – 3:56.06
  5. Luc Kroon (NED) – 3:56.22
  6. Zac Incerti (USCS) – 3:56.39
  7. Brendon Smith (GUSC) – 3:57.09
  8. Silas Harris (NUN) – 3:57.65
  9. Se-Bom Lee (SOSC) – 3:57.78
  10. Alexander Graham (MIAMI) – 3:58.03

The first (and fastest seeded heat) of the men’s 400 free saw 19-year-old Benjamin Goedemans claim victory. The St. Peters Western representative checked-in at 3:52.77, with Sydney Olympic Park’s Matthew Galea touching just 0.07 behind in 3:52.84. Goedmans finished just 0.43 outside of his entry time, and notably tore through the first 100 in a very swift 54.01, before clocking 1:00.11 and 1:01.13 on the middle two 100s. Goedmans then reignited the pace, charging home in 57.52 over the final 100.

The two swimmers swam completely different races this morning, with Goedmans (1:54.12) attacking the first 200 with much more intention than Galea (1:56.06). The SOPAC star nearly even split the race though, closing in a similar 1:56.78. He took the lead at the 300 turn but shut things down significantly over the closing 50 meters.

22-year-old Galea had a big breakthrough last July, where he traveled to compete at the TYR Pro Championships in the United States. There, he recorded new personal best times in the 400 (3:47.54), 800 (7:50.25), and 1500 (14:57.19) freestyle distances, inserting his name into the conversation to make the Australian Olympic Team. His best chance, at this point, looks to be the 1500 free.

Of note, relay contributor Zac Incerti contested this event. He touched 6th overall and advanced to the final, touching 0.11 outside his entry time in 3:56.39. 400 IM Olympic bronze medalist Brendon Smith also lined-up behind the blocks, turning in a time of 3:57.09 to sneak into tonight’s final. Fellow 400 IMer, Se-bom Lee, was 9th this morning in 3:57.78.

200 free specialist Alexander Graham, who trains at Miami under his longtime coach Richard Scarce, finished 10th this morning in 3:58.03. Junior standout Joshua Staples, who trains under the tutelage of Dean Boxall at St. Peters Western, finished with a time of 3:58.72 this morning. Staples has been as swift as 3:48.36, which he posted en route to snagging gold at the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

European short course champion Luc Kroon, who represents the Netherlands on the international scene, participated in the heats today. Hitting the wall in 3:56.22, he finished 6th overall.

Two of Australia’s best-ever 400 freestylers, Sam Short and Elijah Winnington, will not be competing in Sydney this week. Winnington is coming off a successful Doha World Championships, where he claimed a pair of silver medals in the 400 and 800 free events. Short competed last week at the Brisbane Metros meet, where he recorded a morning timed final effort of 3:45.17 in this 400m distance.

Women’s 50 Butterfly — HEATS

  • World Record: 24.43, Sarah Sjostrom (2014)
  • Australian Record: 25.31, Holly Barratt (2019)
  • Commonwealth Record: 25.20, Fran Halsall (2014)

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. Alexandria Perkins (USCS) – 25.93
  2. Emma McKeon (GUSC) – 26.33
  3. Madeline Groves (COMM) – 26.52
  4. Isabella Boyd (NUN) – 26.99
  5. Abbey Connor (USCS) – 27.20
  6. Chloe Rowe-Hagans (STAND) – 27.31
  7. Mia O’Leary (BOND) – 27.48
  8. Claudia Fydler (BOND) – 27.67
  9. Kayla Hardy (CRUIZ) – 27.72
  10. Mikayla Bird (BOND) – 27.78

USC Spartan Alexandria Perkins (25.93) posted the fastest 50 butterfly of the morning. Touching in the only sub-26 effort, she stole the show in heat two. Perkins won this event at the 2023 Australian World Championship Trials in 25.92, so she was just 0.01 shy of that swim this morning. She recently competed at the Doha World Championships in February, putting up a new best time (25.81) in the semifinals, before ultimately taking 6th overall.

Emma McKeon clocked a time of 26.33 to top heat one, and will have the opportunity to build upon the 25.86 personal best that she threw down last month at the Victorian Championships. McKeon will also feature in the 100 free later in the session, and she recently put up a time of 53.00 in February.

2016 Olympic silver medalist, Madeline Groves, touched in 26.52 for the 3rd fastest time of the morning. The former 200 butterfly specialist has shifted to the more sprint orientated races since 2018. 18-year-old rising star Isabella Boyd was the only other individual under 27 seconds in prelims, clocking in at 26.99.

Men’s 200 Butterfly — HEATS

  • World Record: 1:50.34, Kristof Milak (2022)
  • Australian Record: 1:54.46, Nick D’Arcy (2009)
  • Commonwealth Record: 1:52.96, Chad Le Clos (2012)

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. William Petric (NUN) – 1:59.52
  2. Bowen Gough (GUSC) – 2:00.44
  3. Reece Caddy (HUNT) – 2:04.01
  4. Caleb Dryer (TRGR) – 2:04.16
  5. Marco Soesanto (MVC) – 2:04.76
  6. James Gauci (SOSC) – 2:05.27
  7. Joshua Moore (USCS) – 2:05.63
  8. Lachlan Foley (ABTO) – 2:06.06
  9. Joseph Hamson (KPSC) – 2:06.21
  10. Samuel Higgs (WASC) – 2:06.60

William Petric and Bowen Gough separated themselves from the field during today’s preliminary session. As the only two athletes under 2:04, all eyes will be on them once the final rolls around. Petric hit the wall in the only sub-2:00 effort of the day, finishing in a time of 1:59.52. He took the race out strongly, turning through the 100 in 56.93 before closing in 1:02.59.

Gough, who trains under Michael Bohl, split his race more evenly. He put his hands on the 100m wall in a much more controlled 58.38, ultimately finishing in 1:02.06 over the final 100 to check-in at 2:00.44. Gough represented Australia at both of the major meets in 2022, the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, before missing the standard in 2023.

Gough will not only have to be back at his best to qualify for Paris this year, but he’ll have to reach the 1:54.97 benchmark time set by Swimming Australia at the Trials.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke — HEATS

  • World Record: 1:04.13, Lilly King (2017)
  • Australian Record: 1:05.09, Leisel Jones (2006)
  • Commonwealth Record: 1:04.82, Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021)

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. Jenna Strauch (MIAMI) – 1:07.59
  2. Matilda Smith (MIAMI) – 1:08.04
  3. Sienna Toohey (ALBU) – 1:08.36
  4. Tara Kinder (MVC) – 1:09.78
  5. Isabella Johnson (CRUIZ) – 1:09.82
  6. Emily Nobbs (CRUIZ) – 1:10.20
  7. Zoe Deacon (NUN) – 1:10.22
  8. Niamh Bedggood (RACKL) – 1:10.45
  9. Olympia Pope (MIAMI) – 1:10.65
  10. Ashleigh Oberekar (MIAMI) – 1:10.71

Miami’s Jenna Strauch was the lone swimmer under 1:08 this morning, hitting the touchpad in a quick 1:07.59. Strauch took the race out conservatively, splitting 32.09/35.50 en route to winning the first heat. It was a near season best time for the veteran, as she just finished outside the 1:07.33 that she produced at the Budapest World Cup stop in October. More known for her 200 skills, Strauch was pivotal for the Dolphins at the 2022 World Championships, especially for relay duties, with the injury of Chelsea Hodges.

Strauch’s training partner, 19-year-old Matilda Smith, finished in 1:08.04 for runner-up status heading into the final. She was closely followed by Sienna Toohey, who recently just turned 15-years-old. Toohey chopped 0.03 off her lifetime best, finishing 3rd this morning with a time of 1:08.36. Toohey came within a tenth of Leisel Jones’ legendary age record for 14-year-olds just last month with a time of 1:08.39, and took one last shot at two weeks ago where she touched in 1:08.58.

Splits Comparison, Sienna Toohey‘s Progression From August 2023 – March 2024:

TOOHEY AT THE 2023 SCHOOL SPORTS AUSTRALIA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS TOOHEY AT THE 2024 NEW SOUTH WALES COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS TOOHEY AT THE SWIMMING ACT 2023-24 QUALIFYING MEET 3 TOOHEY DURING TODAY’S PRELIMS
First 50 32.69 32.07 31.72 31.82
Second 50 36.29 36.32 36.86 36.54
Total Time 1:08.98 1:08.39 1:08.58 1:08.36

Richard Scarce and Miami had four swimmers finish in the top ten this morning in Sydney, with 15-year-old rising star Olympia Pope touching 9th in 1:10.65 and Ashleigh Oberekar recording a 10th place showing of 1:10.71.

Men’s 50 Breaststroke — HEATS

  • World Record: 25.95, Adam Peaty (2017)
  • Australian Record: 26.32, Sam Williamson (2024)
  • Commonwealth Record: 25.95, Adam Peaty (2017)

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. Matthew Wilson (SOSC) – 27.30
  2. Haig Buckingham (SOSC) – 28.07
  3. Joshua Collett (BOND) – 28.30
  4. Calvin Reed (PROP) – 28.39
  5. Grayson Bell (SOMAQ) – 28.45
  6. Gideon Burnes (BOND) – 28.46
  7. Adam Selwood (PROP) – 28.62
  8. Joshua Staples (STPET) – 28.69
  9. Wilrich Coetzee (CSCAK) – 28.89
  10. Joshua Anderson (BGRAM) – 28.98

Matthew Wilson, who held the 200 breast world record for about a day in 2019, posted a fast 27.30 to lead the field this morning. Wilson’s time represents a new lifetime best, and he’s looking the best he has since the 2019 World Championships.

19-year-old Haig Buckingham, who trains with Wilson, turned in the 2nd fastest time. Touching just outside of breaking 27 seconds, he clocked 28.07 to lead the rest of the field by about a quarter of a second. The Adam Kable trained-athlete has been as swift as 27.53 in the event, and will have the opportunity to near that standard tonight.

Bond’s Joshua Collett was 3rd overall with his 28.30 time, with Calvin Reed (28.39), Grayson Bell (28.45), and Gideon Burnes (28.46) all in close pursuit.

Distance ace Joshua Staples showcased his versatility, finishing 8th overall in 28.69.

Women’s 100 Freestyle — HEATS

  • World Record: 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom (2017)
  • Australian Record: 51.96, Emma McKeon (2021)
  • Commonwealth Record: 51.96, Emma McKeon (2021)

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. Emma McKeon (GUSC) – 53.46
  2. Mollie O’Callaghan (STPET) – 53.97
  3. Milla Jansen (BOND) – 54.89
  4. Bronte Campbell (CRUIZ) – 54.91
  5. Ariarne Titmus (STPET) – 55.01
  6. Brittany Castelluzzo (TTG) – 55.02
  7. Mia O’Leary (BOND) – 55.24
  8. Jaimie De Lutiis (WIAQ) – 55.29
  9. Abbey Webb (CRUIZ) – 55.50
  10. Lani Pallister (GUSC) – 55.53

After qualifying for the 50 fly final earlier in the session, Commonwealth record holder Emma McKeon led the way in the 100 free. The Tokyo Olympic Champion and 2nd fastest performer ever finished in 53.46, one of two sub-54 efforts. McKeon opened in 26.08/27.38 during her swim.

Two-time 100 free World Champion Mollie O’Callaghan was 53.97, splitting 26.53/27.44. Milla Jansen (54.89) and Bronte Campbell (54.91) were the only other individuals to dip into the 54-second realm. Ariarne Titmus (55.01) situated herself in 5th overall, and will feature in the 800 free final tonight with Lani Pallister (55.53), who touched 10th.

World Junior Champion Olivia Wunsch scratched the event, and she did the same in the 50 fly earlier.

As a reminder, Meg Harris and Cate Campbell, two of the top contenders come Trials, are not competing today. They both opted to compete at last week’s Brisbane Metro Championships instead, where Harris clocked times of 53.17 and 53.31 while C1 swam to times of 53.42 and 53.51.

Men’s 100 Freestyle — HEATS

  • World Record: 46.80, Pan Zhanle (2024)
  • Australian Record: 47.04, Cameron McEvoy (2016)
  • Commonwealth Record: 47.04, Cameron McEvoy (2016)

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. Kyle Chalmers (MARI) – 48.36
  2. William Yang (SOSC) – 48.62
  3. Matthew Temple (MARI) – 49.50
  4. Josha Salchow (GER) – 49.66
  5. Cody Simpson (GUSC) – 49.86
  6. Isaac Cooper (STAND) – 49.97
  7. Flynn Southam (BOND) & Marcus Da Silva (CRAN) – 50.08
  8. Dylan Andrea (MARI) – 50.16
  9. Alexander Graham (MIAMI) – 50.17

Kyle Chalmers made his presence known from the very first stroke, taking control of the first heat and dominating from the start. Flipping through the first 50 in 23.10 before finishing in 25.26, the 2016 Olympic champion finished in a final time of 48.36.

William Yang was the only other entrant to swim in the 48-second range, as he touched in 48.62. Yang recorded swims of 48.52 and 48.53 a few weeks ago at the Victorian Open Championships, so he was right on par with those performances. Yang underwent back surgery before championship season in 2023, but looks to be in a prime position to challenge for the Olympic team in a few months time.

18-year-old Flynn Southam, who ripped a massive 47.77 time at the 2023 Australian World Championship Trials, was equal 7th this morning in 50.08. Southam won the 200 free World Junior Title back in September.

One of the breakthrough stars of the past year, Maximillian Giuliani, missed out on the final in 11th place. He swam to a final time of 50.18, splitting 24.46/25.72 to place 4th in heat three.

Clyde Lewis (50.31) and Zac Incerti (50.32) were 13th and 14th, respectively.

Women’s 400 IM — HEATS

  • World Record: 4:25.87, Summer McIntosh (2023)
  • Australian Record: 4:29.45, Stephanie Rice (2008)
  • Commonwealth Record: 4:25.87, Summer McIntosh (2023)

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. Talika Irvine (WIAQ) – 5:02.74
  2. Isabella Krantzcke (SOSC) – 5:05.97
  3. Lauren Maguire (STAND) – 5:07.59
  4. Indianna Cameron (STPET) – 5:10.49
  5. Maya Ostapenko (CARL) – 5:10.58
  6. Isabelle Rae (ALBU) – 5:19.39
  7. Isabelle Hanger (CRAN) – 5:19.57
  8. Lexie Cook (CARL) – 5:20.88
  9. Evie Bullock (LBMSC) – 5:20.93
  10. Kelsey Van Eldik (CH:S) – 5:21.53

Talika Irvine touched the wall in 5:02.74 to clear the women’s 400 IM field, leading all qualifiers by three seconds.

Isabella Krantzcke (5:05.97) and Lauren Maguire (5:07.59) were 2nd and 3rd this morning, representing the only other individuals under 5:10.

Women’s 200 Backstroke — HEATS

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. Kaylee McKeown (GUSC) – 2:10.24
  2. Minna Atherton (BOND) – 2:13.19
  3. Olivia Lefoe (NUN) – 2:13.97
  4. Helena Gasson (CSCAK) – 2:14.12
  5. Gina McCarthy (HAMWK) – 2:14.68
  6. Bella Grant (TRGR) – 2:14.89
  7. Emma Godwin (SUNHP) – 2:15.29
  8. Adriana Fydler (MIAMI) – 2:16.02
  9. Meg Senior (CRUIZ) – 2:16.95
  10. Abbey Webb (CRUIZ) – 2:17.27

To no one’s surprise, world record holder Kaylee McKeown was the fastest female backstroker of the morning. She finished in 2:10.24, a time that cleared the field by nearly three seconds. For the sake of comparison, McKeown was 2:10.89 during prelims last year, just hours before she set the current world record (2:03.14) in the event. It’s just a fun fact to be aware of as the final approaches, but she’s typically around that range during her preliminary efforts. At the Budapest World Cup stop in October, she clocked 2:10.64 in the heats before dropping a 2:04.81 in the final. At the 2023 World Championship Trials, McKeown stopped the clock in 2:10.44 during prelims before posting a winning time of 2:03.70 in the final.

Bond’s Minna Atherton (2:13.19), who won one gold and two silver medals at the 2019 World Championships, was the 2nd fastest qualifier. Olivia Lefoe also entered the 2:13-sector, touching in 2:13.97 for the 3rd fastest morning time.

Bella Grant was 6th this morning in 2:14.89, and won bronze in this event at September’s World Junior Championships. She also claimed a silver medal in the 200 fly at that same meet.

After qualifying 2nd into tonight’s 100 free final, Mollie O’Callaghan decided not to swim this event.

Men’s 50 Backstroke — HEATS

  • World Record: 23.55, Kliment Kolesnikov (2023)
  • Australian Record: 24.12, Isaac Cooper (2023)
  • Commonwealth Record: 24.04, Liam Tancock (2009)

Top 10 Qualifiers:

  1. Ben Armbruster (BOND) – 25.40
  2. Lewis Blackburn (STAND) – 25.57
  3. Fergus McLachlan (BOND) – 26.06
  4. Toby Peknice (KPSC) – 26.36
  5. Jack Hendy (NUSW) – 26.39
  6. Will Sharp (NUN) – 26.43
  7. Matthew Mafnussen (STPET) – 26.66
  8. Joshua Kerr (MNLY) & Tane Bidois (KPSC) – 26.68
  9. Evan Chee (NUN) – 26.90

Ben Armbruster was one of two swimmers to clock a 25-second time in the men’s 50 back, as he’ll lead all swimmers into tonight’s final. He checked-in at 25.40 this morning, with Lewis Blackburn touching 0.17 behind in 25.57.

Armbruster has really taken a big leap forward over the past year, and will be a major contender to make the Olympic team in the 100 fly, but the field will be loaded with the likes of Matthew Temple, Shaun Champion, Jesse Coleman, Cody Simpson, and maybe even Kyle Chalmers.

The newly-minted world champion, Isaac Cooper, did not contest this event. He opted to swim the 100 free instead, where he qualified for the final with a respectable 49.97.

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Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
2 months ago

C1 firing more shots at America. Wonder if they’ll get as mad this time lol

SNygans01
Reply to  Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
2 months ago

Am curious – a link, please?

After what we saw at Westmont, and other recent US meets, I would be very wary about any bold predictions as to what AUST will do in Paris. Far too premature.

We still have numerous quality gaps across the Olympic program (some with no obvious short-term solution), and currently the US appears to be improving almost across-the-board (plus Dressel back!).

And an Aust swimmer beating a US swimmer in Paris counts for nought, if they are both defeated by someone from a 3rd nation….might actually happen!

Last edited 2 months ago by SNygans01
bubbles
Reply to  SNygans01
2 months ago

yeah it may come back to bite everyone… and she may not even be on the team 😬

Robbos
Reply to  SNygans01
2 months ago

Campbell is taking the pi$$ & the US don’t understand that.

The US are too strong a swimming nation to be down for long. The fact that the Aussies are a threat to them is a big honour for Australia, while we have always had good swimmers, we have never had the depth as we do now, it’s freaking amazing.

But anyone who don’t expect the US to bounce back hard in Paris & even harder when LA are kidding themselves.

Last edited 2 months ago by Robbos
swimapologist
Reply to  Robbos
2 months ago

You don’t get to take the piss when you’ve said the things Cate has said about “keyboard warriors.”

Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
Reply to  SNygans01
2 months ago

I posted the link in another comment awaiting approval. It’s on Swimming World if you want to go find it.

Nah she spent the whole article saying that she respects the US team and the whole thing was blown out of proportion. She doesn’t say anything about Australia dominating Paris.

Literally the only negative thing she said was “It was just funny because, let’s face it, America does like to be the best, and they do like to make it seem like they’re the best at everything.” And based on their reaction to her original comments she’s right: Americans absolutely cannot handle ever being told they’re not the best at anything.

bubbles
Reply to  Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
2 months ago

ok, so that’s not bad. only one negative comment about the us, and only half of that comment is negative, because i personally don’t think that being told that you want to be the best is a bad thing

let’s hope that if any americans see this comment, that they consider your whole post instead of just the second part (especially as she said that she respects team usa)

swimapologist
Reply to  Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
2 months ago

Here’s the reverse statement:

Australians are grating as hell.

Just joking you guys! Australians like to make it seem like they’re annoying but I’m sure they’re actually lovely on the inside.

See? All good now right? 🙂

What cracks me up is that when people make jokes about Cate’s flops in the pool, she gets SUPER offended, calls them names, doesn’t like the jokes. But when she makes jokes about other swimmers, it’s “oh that Aussie sense of humor.”

I don’t care that CC hates Americans. I like the beef. I do care about her hypocrisy and moralizing to try and make sports fans feel bad about being sports fans.

Pan Fan
Reply to  swimapologist
2 months ago

“I do care about her hypocrisy and moralizing to try and make sports fans feel bad about being sports fans.”

Americans talking about others being hypocrite is rich.

phelpsfan
2 months ago

Is there seriously no live stream for this?

Troyy
Reply to  phelpsfan
2 months ago

There seriously isn’t.

phelpsfan
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Thanks. Bit disappointing though

Pan Fan
2 months ago

It’s hard to believe MOC is still a teenager. It feels like she’s been around for a while.

Troyy
Reply to  Pan Fan
2 months ago

Her last meet as a teenager.

Steph
2 months ago

Mollie I love you but why spend $20+ to enter the 200 back when your never gonna swim it

flicker
Reply to  Steph
2 months ago

she usually does swim all the events she enters (hence why she had that awful 50 free/200 back/200 fly triple in December) the only time I can really remember her scratching events was that short course trials straight after duel in the pool

23/51/1:52
Reply to  Steph
2 months ago

Nothing wrong with a donation.

SHRKB8
Reply to  Steph
2 months ago

As if she’s paying for entries…….C’mon.

Joel
Reply to  SHRKB8
2 months ago

I thought all the swimmers pay for their own entries?

swimfast
Reply to  Joel
2 months ago

no. the swimmers’ clubs cover the swimmers’ entry fees.

Joel
Reply to  swimfast
2 months ago

In big meets only? Cause I know swimmers who pay.

SHRKB8
Reply to  Joel
2 months ago

Depends on your club and who you are.

DK99
Reply to  SHRKB8
2 months ago

Kyle Chalmers posted a picture on his Instagram story a while back of him paying for his entries

Steph
Reply to  SHRKB8
2 months ago

In Aus and with all clubs including SPW swimmers pay for their own entries

Daniel
2 months ago

I remain convinced that Cooper’s focus on the 50 Free and other sprint events will backfire and he will miss Paris.

A 53-mid 100m Backstroke is all he needs, but his heart doesn’t appear in it.

Troyy
Reply to  Daniel
2 months ago

He said on Brett’s podcast that the only aerobic training he needs is surfing.

Sub13
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

He also said he was only doing the 100 back because “his country needs him”.

If you’re going to make a fuss about making sacrifices for your country you better drop a 52

Pan Fan
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Michael Andrew approved this message.

oxyswim
Reply to  Daniel
2 months ago

Who beats him for the second 50 free spot?

commonwombat
Reply to  Daniel
2 months ago

As for the 100 back, its ultimately counterproductive trying to force someone to do something they absolutely do not want to do. He‘s a fairly clear favourite for the 2nd 50 spot (Nowakowski the only other sub 22) and 21.88 QT is one that he should meet. However, I suspect the times to be significantly quicker to make the final in Paris so matching his Fukuoka & Doha may be a much tougher ask.

Peter
Reply to  Daniel
2 months ago

Lazy swimmer

Swemmer
2 months ago

Very reassuring to see William Yang returning to peak form after that injury.

Aussie 4×100 free relay, assuming Cartwright and Southam can really return to 47 form will be a medal threat 100%

Chris Bailey
Reply to  Swemmer
2 months ago

Maybe Temple as well

23/51/1:52
2 months ago

I’m projecting a 52.68 for Mollie tonight.

Daniel
Reply to  23/51/1:52
2 months ago

I reckon around 53:00 for Mollie. Emma to go 52.8.

47.8 for Kyle.

23/51/1:52
Reply to  Daniel
2 months ago

Emma is a more aggressive heat swimmer, both should go 52.

Sub13
2 months ago

Kaylee 2:10.24. Last year she went a 2:10.89 in the heats before breaking the WR in the final…

Lol I don’t actually think she’s breaking a WR today but if you look at the numbers…

Daniel
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

Kaylee should cruise to a 2:06 and hand Paris favoritism to Smith.

Sub13
Reply to  Daniel
2 months ago

Undecided. Kaylee’s always won when she’s gone in as the favourite.

Is it better to let Smith think she’s the favourite or have her know she isn’t?

Daniel
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

It was mostly tongue in cheek. Unless Smith breaks the WR’s in coming months, Kaylee will start a warm favorite in Paris.

The Kaz
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

Kaylee lives rent free in Regan’s head anyway… whether she think she is the favourite or not, I suspect she will crumble in Paris against her.