Ariarne Titmus Shatters Women’s 200 FR World Record with 1:52.23, MOC Swims 1:52.48

2024 AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record – 1:52.85, Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 2023
  • Australian Record – 1:52.85, Mollie O’Callaghan, 2023
  • Oceanic Record – 1:52.85, Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 2023
  • Commonwealth Record – 1:52.85, Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 2023
  • Swim Australia OQT – 1:56.49

Top 8:

  1. Ariarne Titmus – 1:52.23 (WORLD RECORD)
  2. Mollie O’Callaghan – 1:52.48
  3. Lani Pallister – 1:55.57
  4. Brianna Throssell – 1:55.74
  5. Shayna Jack – 1:56.22 (TIE)
  6. Jamie Perkins – 1:56.22 (TIE)
  7. Brittany Castelluzzo – 1:56.77
  8. Meg Harris – 1:56.93

Day 3 finals of the Australian Olympic Trials got off to wild start on Wednesday in Brisbane, seeing not one, but two swimmers go under the women’s 200 free World Record. Ariarne Titmus, who also holds the 400 free World Record, won the race in 1:52.23, shattering the World Record, which had stood at 1:52.85. Additionally, Mollie O’Callaghan, who held the previous WR from last year, came in 2nd with a 1:52.48, also going well under that mark. Of course, Titmus’ swim also marks new Australian, Oceanic, and Commonwealth Records.

These performances were massive, as Australia will be sending the 2 fastest swimmers in history in this event to Paris. Let’s take a look at how tonight’s splits compare to O’Callaghan’s previous World Record mark of 1:52.85, which she swam when she won gold at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka last summer.

Splits Ariarne Titmus – 2024 Australian Olympic Trials (WR) Mollie O’Callaghan – 2024 Australian Olympic Trials Mollie O’Callaghan – 2023 World Championships (Previous WR)
50m 26.64 26.59 26.93
100m 55.13 (28.49) 55.33 (28.74) 55.94 (29.01)
150m 1:23.95 (28.82) 1:24.11 (28.78) 1:24.74 (28.80)
200m 1:52.23 (28.28) 1:52.48 (28.37) 1:52.85 (28.11)
FINAL TIME 1:52.23 1:52.48 1:52.85

Comparing Titmus and O’Callaghan’s splits tonight, they were very similar. O’Callaghan was out slightly faster on the opening 50m, which is rare for her, then Titmus took the lead over and never let go. Titmus was slightly slower on the back half of the race tonight (57.10) than O’Callaghan was on her WR swim from last summer (56.91), however, Titmus was out so much faster on the first 100m that it didn’t matter.

Comparing O’Callaghan’s swim tonight to her WR swim from last summer is also very interesting, as she swam the race tonight differently than we’ve grown accustomed to seeing her swim. Typically, O’Callaghan’s signature has been to come home with blazing speed, resulting in very tightly-split races. Tonight, however, she took the race out faster, and wasn’t quite as fast coming home. O’Callaghan was out in 55.33 on the opening 100 this morning, well under the 55.94 she went out in last summer. She then was a tick faster on the 3rd 50 tonight, splitting 28.78 compared to her 28.80 from last summer. She didn’t come home quite as fast, but still brought her 4th 50 split down from her 3rd, splitting 28.37 on the way home tonight. The slight difference in how O’Callaghan swam the race tonight resulted in 55.33/57.15 100 splits tonight, as opposed to her 55.94/56.91 splits from last summer.

As mentioned above, this pair of Australian women has put the world on notice tonight, as they’ll enter Paris as the fastest 2 women in history in the event.

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Rick Paine
1 month ago

For us Yanks, that converts to a 1:38.1

swimster
1 month ago

but are the plexiglas walls ok?

John26
1 month ago

Amazing that after appearing to stagnate in this event for 3 years (albeit at close to WR Levels) Titmus drops nearly a second off her PB

Robbos
Reply to  John26
1 month ago

She is great!!!!

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  John26
1 month ago

She split 1:52.81 at 2022 Commonwealth Games and 1:52.41 last year Fukuoka.

So we know she could swim under Pellegrini WR, but yes this WR swim is incredible.

Rob
1 month ago

Paris is going to be a fantastic meet. So many elite athletes with stellar performances and the US trials have yet to take place. Plenty of time to hone those skills to lower the gold standards further come July/August.

I would have liked to see Summer compete in this event against the two Aussies BUT she didn’t compete in the qualifying 200 Free finals at the trials so competing in the individual swim is out. However, she swam fast enough in the heats to make the 4 x 200M Free Relay and she usually starts the race. That is where Summer could serve notice she’s a force by setting a new standard off the blocks. Against the Aussies and Americans,… Read more »

oxyswim
Reply to  Rob
1 month ago

She swam in finals at Canadian trials

Rob
Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

I stand corrected Oxy. She qualified first in the finals – a 1:53.6. My error, mea culpa!

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  Rob
1 month ago

Summer did swim 200 at Canadian trials and swam 1:53.69

I hope she swim it in Paris, there’s a clash with 400IM but 400IM is a gimme anyway and she has a chance to bronze medal in 200 free.

Last edited 1 month ago by Genevieve Nnaji
SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 month ago

Simply sensational, I am in awe!

Diehard
1 month ago

So in Paris, the rest of World will be just be trying to get to Finals in 200 free because the medals are locked up with Titmus, MOC, Haghey/McIntosh! This includes Americans.

Last edited 1 month ago by Diehard
Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

Relative to the 2023-2024 Speedo Rankings (LCM), the 200 FR is currently the worst event for the female contingent of USA Swimming, especially when Katie Ledecky opts out for the third year in a row.

Jack
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

I know she’s almost certainly not swimming the individual, but imagine if Ledecky decided to do the 200. Like, a freestyle final where you probably have to beat Katie-freaking-Ledecky if you want 4th or 5th place lol.

Sub13
Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

McIntosh won’t swim it

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Well, I think she should.

400IM is a gimme. And she has chance to win 200 free bronze.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Genevieve Nnaji
1 month ago

After swimming the heats and final of the 400 IM?

Rob
Reply to  Genevieve Nnaji
1 month ago

The one thing I like about Summer is she is competitive as hell when she has a mindset to beat someone. Very evident against Ledecky in the 400. That said, I think the dark horse in the 200 is Haughey. She has the fastest 100 time amongst the bunch and 200 is well within her wheelhouse. I’m a homer and would like to see Summer compete and win the 200 but I still think it won’t be in the cards because of load management. We’ll find out soon enough.

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  Rob
1 month ago

Haughey is 4 years older than Titmus, 7 years older than MOC, and 10 years older than Summer.

Why do people think Haughey will make much bigger improvement than the three younger swimmers?

This I don’t get.

Eric Illouz
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Mcintosh should do 400IM, 200fly, and 200IM she has the 400IM pretty much locked up after canadian trials she said she could take out another second on 200fly her PB is 2:04.06 for 200IM still room for improvement but in tough with kaylee and kate as it stands Kaylee is the favorite but Mcintosh still in contention for gold however chances are slimmer.

Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

An Australian commenter wrote in this thread that I’ll never say anything negative about McIntosh. That is absolutely true. I believe in big picture perspective instead of subjective ping pong. From the moment I arrived in Las Vegas I noticed that everybody in the Stardust sportsbook was using the same method…watching every event and leaving their opinions wide open to persistent change.

Yet seemingly everybody was losing. Not exactly a difficult evaluation. That’s the one method I’ll never use.

It worked splendidly for 24 years.

I’m not doubting an extreme prodigy, in this sport or elsewhere.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

Betting on swimming in Las Vegas? I would think betting would bigger on 2024 UEFA Euro (Jun 14 – Jul 14) and 2024 Copa America (Jun 21 – Jul 15).

Sub13
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

What are you talking about?

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

As usual Awsi is blabbering non-sense when people called him out on his hate on Australian swimmers.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

If it’s about the Stardust sportsbook, it’s time to put your money down on UEFA Euro 2024 and Copa America 2024.

NotHimAgain
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

I think dear Awsi moves in circles that aren’t always round.

Troyy
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

Doubling down with the same nonsense.

Andy
1 month ago

Seeing MOC get upset tonight made me realise how often the public uncharitably view swimmers getting upset when they lose. I remember the Australian media eviscerated a teenage Leisel Jones for not being happy about winning bronze in Athens (her fourth consecutive major meet where she had “lost”)

I was also reminded of Susie O’Neill was so traumatised by losing to Misty Hyman in 2000. She was unable to watch a video of the race until 19 years later, and even then the emotional scars caused a breakdown. And this was from a swimmer who had already won individual Olympic gold twice (96 200fly, 2000 200free)

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/susie-oneill-watches-final-race-for-the-first-time-nova/video/3af04666c4380347019dab8780d9e516

David
Reply to  Andy
1 month ago

Impactful video. Pretty sobering to think Olympic athletes often only get one chance in their life to prove all the work they put in. You can really understand her reaction with that in consideration. Respect to all the athletes.

Bob
Reply to  David
1 month ago

Yeah, because world championship titles aren’t respected the other years.

Last edited 1 month ago by Bob