All-In for Commonwealth Games, Matt Sates Enters Six Individual Events


  • Friday, July 29 – Wednesday, August 3, 2022
  • Birmingham, England
  • Sandwell Aquatic Center
  • Start Times
    • Prelims: 10:30 am local / 5:30 am ET
    • Finals: 7:00 pm local / 2:00 pm ET
  • LCM (50m)
  • Meet Central
  • Event Schedule
  • Entry List

The Commonwealth Games will be Matt Sates13th high-level meet since September 2021.

The 18-year-old has done the FINA World Cup circuit and the Mare Nostrum Tour, with a stint in the NCAA in between. He raced at South African Trials and most recently, competed at Worlds. Sates planned a slight taper for Budapest, but came down with an illness at staging camp prior to the meet. Despite the illness, he qualified for his first Worlds final in the 200 IM, where he finished eighth.

Even with a busy last 12 months, Sates is not taking things easy in Birmingham. He’s been open that his focus this season is the Commonwealth Games. To that effect, he’s entered in a whopping six individual events, plus four relays.

Individually, he’s entered in the 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 100 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM. If he makes it through the rounds in all of his individual events, his schedule will look like this:

Sates’ Potential Commonwealth Games Schedule

Session Event(s)
Day 1 Heats Men’s 400 Free Heat

(Mixed 4×100 Free Relay Heat)

Day 1 Finals Men’s 400 Free Final

Mixed 4×100 Free Relay Final

Day 2 Heats Men’s 200 Free Heat

Men’s 400 IM Heat

(Men’s 4×100 Free Relay Heat)

Day 2 Finals Men’s 200 Free Final

Men’s 400 IM Final

Men’s 4×100 Free Relay Final

Day 3 Heats Men’s 100 Free Heat
Day 3 Finals Men’s 100 Free Semifinal
Day 4 Heats Men’s 100 Fly Heat

(Men’s 4×200 Free Relay Heat)

Day 4 Finals Men’s 100 Free Final

Men’s 100 Fly Semifinal

Men’s 4×200 Free Relay Final

Day 5 Heats Off
Day 5 Finals Men’s 100 Fly Final
Day 6 Heats Men’s 200 IM Heat
Day 6 Finals Men’s 200 IM Final

Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay Final

Even if South Africa opts to rest Sates during the prelims relays, he will still have at least one race every session except the morning session on Day 5.

His packed schedule is highlighted by two finals sessions with a triple. On Day 2, Sates could potentially race finals in the 200 free, 400 IM, and the men’s 4×100 free relay. Then two days later, he’ll swim the 100 free final, 100 fly semifinal, and men’s 4×200 free relay final.

Even for the rising star, this is a lot of swims, and he’ll have to manage himself well throughout the week in order to remain competitive for the 200 IM and the medley relay on the last day of the meet.

This spring, Sates set lifetime bests in every individual event he’s racing except the 100 fly.

Personal Bests Sates Set in 2022

  • 100 Free – 48.97
  • 200 Free – 1:45.91
  • 400 Free – 3:49.27
  • 200 IM – 1:57.43
  • 400 IM – 4:11.58

Sates faces fierce competition in all of his individual events, but his best chances at medaling will likely come in the IMs. He holds the third-fastest time in the Commonwealth in the 200 IM and fourth in the 400. However, not all of Sates’ competition have placed the same emphasis on Comm Games that he has, so we could see him fighting it out in the finals of the mid-distance freestyle events, too.

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6 months ago

The next Michael Phelps

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  swimmer
6 months ago

why the downvotes? this is clearly a (very justified) slight on the swimswam contributor article that hyped matt sates up as such

Ben Dornan
6 months ago

So should I draft him again?

Reply to  Ben Dornan
6 months ago

SS is doing a fantasy draft again?

Reply to  Troyy
6 months ago

They should! Obviously smaller and less continent based. Perhaps 4 men and 4 women, one per country per gender max?

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Jamesabc
6 months ago

combine the british teams into 1 category to make the picks more competitive, and obviously balance the relay points this time

Reply to  Ben Dornan
6 months ago

Pick Scott if you can

6 months ago

Pretty similar to Duncan’s and both were sick before Words. Big lineups for them.

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