Aussie Kyle Chalmers Shows Range With 400 Freestyle Win In Adelaide


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The Marion Swimming Club show continues in Adelaide, as the club’s key members Kyle Chalmers and Travis Mahoney keep claiming wins at the 2017 South Australian State Championships. Chalmers, the 2016 Olympic Champion in the men’s 100m freestyle, already won that pet event earlier in the meet, along with the 100m butterfly. Today, Chalmers showed his ever-growing freestyle range by clinching the win handily in the men’s 400m freestyle distance.

Entering this meet, Chalmers’ previous best time in the event was the 4:01.71 he threw down last year at the Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara. Now at 18 years of age and even more training under his belt, the young gun dropped beneath the 4-minute mark for the first time in his young career, posting a swift 3:55.29 to take the gold. With over a 5 second improvement from his lifetime best, one can’t help but get a tad excited for the star’s 200m freestyle that will come tomorrow, along with the 50m butterfly. Chalmers was supposed to have swum the 200m IM also today, but scratched. He did wind up winning the 17-18 men’s 50m backstroke in 27.26, the 4th-fastest time of his career.

As for Mahoney, Marion’s newest member scored the win in the 200m IM event, taking the race in a time of 2:03.26. Although well-off his own personal best of 1:59.41 from 2015, Mahoney’s performance still managed to beat out the field by almost 7 solid seconds. Additional Marion members winning on the day included Ben Edmonds, who earned 50m backstroke gold in 26.98, along with the men’s and women’s 4x100m freestyle relays.

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bobo gigi

I’m pretty sure he has the potential to swim 1.43 one day in the 200 free.

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At his current rate of improvement he could be there by the time he’s 20 (obviously it’ll be hard to keep that up at the level he’s at). Since the olympics I’ve wondered what he would’ve done if he’d swum on the 4×200 relay since he did a 1.47 individually just before the olympics (presumably unrested).


Piicture this ..
100m Olympic champ , followed by the 2 tied Australian 200m champs ( Macevoy & Fraser-Holmes) & led home by the Olympic 400m champ . Now that is a logical , poetic & once in a life time dream composite .

Did the Australian management see that panorama – no . Would any other team have left off 2016’s 2 fastest 100 sprinters off the easel?


Sadly, real life very rarely plays out as we would have it “on paper”. McEvoy has never been consistent at 200 (either in individual or relays) and proved to be well off his best in Rio. Whilst I DO think Chalmers may end up being a 100/200 man rather than 50/100, as yet he is only a 1.47low-mid. Yes, 3 of the AUS M4X200 did swim “out of their skins” in the Rio final but arguably this was due to there being next to no expectations placed upon them after the heats. Whether this would have played out identically with a different line-up (and greater expectations) is another matter entirely. People blame the management/team hierarchy for those relay selections but… Read more »


No one swam out of their skins . The times were pedestrian as demonstrated by no pbs ( even with the flying start) .They simply are unable to perform & need a swimming viagra.


Three of the relays split 1.45s (PB relay splits for Horton & McKeon) in the final. TFH was a significant advance on his individual efforts. In all honesty, its water under the bridge and its unlikely that most of them will be around for Tokyo …. am expecting a large number of the AUS Rio squad still swimming will collect their superannuation in a little over 12 months time after the Toytown Games on the Gold Coast.

Lane four

Definitely an exciting future.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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