Aussie 17-year-old Titmus Completes Rare 200/400/800 Trifecta

2018 AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING TRIALS

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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.

2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 200 FREE

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
06/08
1.54.56
2Taylor
RUCK
CAN1.54.8104/05
3Ariarne
TITMUS
AUS1.54.8504/05
4Rikako
IKEE
JPN1.55.0402/17
5Charlotte
BONNET
FRA1.55.5305/24
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2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 400 FREE

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
05/17
3.57.94
2Ariarne
TITMUS
AUS4.00.9304/10
3Bingjie
LI
CHN4.01.7509/01
4Jianjiahe
WANG
CHN4.03.1403/03
5Yuhan
ZHANG
CHN4.04.6609/01
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Katie Ledecky pre race by Mike Lewis

2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 800 FREE

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
05/19
8.07.27
2Jianjiahe
WANG
CHN8.18.0903/01
3Ariarne
TITMUS
AUS8.20.0204/09
4Sarah
KOHLER
GER8.20.5304/13
5Bingjie
LI
CHN8.20.9809/01
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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.”

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Yozhik

As of now she looks pretty much like ‘Leah Smith’ type of swimmer who distinguish herself at 400 event with her ranking almost symmetrically declining on both sides at 200 and 800. But she is too young to make a conclusion where she will progress most or where she will succeeded most at the current level of competition.

Sum Ting Wong

At Worlds this series of swims would have had her as 200m finalist , Bronze at 400 & 4th at 800 . Ranking wise its not a big drop off either side of the 400.
She hasn’t raced since mid December so its basically a hit out . The times may not be better at CWGs but I’d say she is sitti g well prepared & ready to take on the very experienced Carlin .

Yozhik

I’m not implying that her rankings are not good. I was trying to say that she is not like Allison Schmitt and Camille Muffat who were very good at 200 and 400 but didn’t compete at 800. And she isn’t like Rebecca Addington who was great at 400 and 800 but not as much in 200.
In case of Titmus it looks like she is very good at 400 and doesn’t have preferences 200 or 800. In both these events she has almost even rankings. Therefore the mentioned in article trifecta shouldn’t surprise.

Drama King

The difference is that Smith targets the foot of Ledecky and Titmus does it her own.

marklewis

Titmus is setting new Australian records, and she’s a relative newcomer.

Her times puts her in the mix for the finals and medals at the Big Meets to come.

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Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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