2018 AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING TRIALS
- Wednesday, February 28th – Saturday, March 3rd
- Optus Aquatic Centre, Marine Parade, Southport, Queensland
- Prelims at 11:00am local (8pm EST previous night)/Finals at 7:15pm local (4:15am EST)
- Meet Central
- Selection Criteria (including QTs)
- Start Lists
- SwimSwam Meet Preview
- Live Stream (prelims only)
- Live Results
Day 1 Prelims Recap/Day 1 Finals Recap
Day 2 Prelims Recap/Day 2 Finals Recap
Day 3 Prelims Recap/ Day 3 Finals Recap
Competing on the penultimate night of the 2018 Australian Trials, the Tasmanian teen was at it again, as 17-year-old freestyle ace Ariarne Titmus secured her 3rd gold medal of these championships. Having scorched a new 400m freestyle national record in an earlier session in addition to taking the 200m free gold, Titmus blasted a big-time personal best of 8:20.08 in this women’s 800m freestyle to complete a freestyle trifecta.
With her victory tonight, Titmus became the first swimmer in 14 years and only the 6th Australian ever to sweep the 200m/400m/800m freestyle events. Her winning effort tonight checks Titmus in as the 2nd fastest Australian ever in the event, sitting only behind Jess Ashwood’s NR of 8:18.14 from 2016.
Ashwood finished with the silver in 8:29.08, also an A cut, while open water swimmer Kiah Melverton also landed on the podium with bronze in 8:31.08.
For her trio of efforts in Southport this week, Titmus now ranks as the #2 swimmers in the world this season across the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events.
Assessing her overall performance, Titmus says of her swims, “I’m really happy I’m on the team now and I get to do those three swims (200m free, 400m free, 800m free). I worked hard for this, so I’m pretty happy.
“I suppose I was pretty close to the (Australian) record (8:18.40), I thought I’d be a bit closer tonight.
“I obviously have some things to work on leading into the Games, so it’s something I can look forward to.
“I was probably aiming for the 8:18 mark. It was a good swim, but I want to go faster. So hopefully I can do that at the Games.”