Aussie Maximillian Giuliani Headed To Miami Summer Prep Meet


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While all eyes are on the 2024 World Championships set to begin just days from now in Doha, Qatar, an Australian meet is catching some attention at Miami Aquatic Centre.

The 2024 Miami Summer Prep Meet has attracted a few key Aussie names, giving us a glimpse into their preparation ahead of the nation’s Olympic Trials on the docket for June.

Among the attendees is breakout freestyle star Maximillian Giuliani of the host club. 20-year-old Giuliani is entered in the 200m free and 50m fly, the former of which he made a name for himself over the past year.

Giuliani has made major gains in the 2free, beginning with the Berlin stop of the 2023 World Aquatics Swimming World Cup. That’s where he landed atop his first international podium, clocking a time of 1:46.18 for gold in a new lifetime best.

He took that down to a new PB of 1:45.42 at the Budapest stop on the tour before throwing down the swim of his life at December’s Queensland Championships.

At those championships, Giuliani crushed a monster 1:44.79 to become Australia’s #2 performer all-time in the event.

Top 10 Australian Men’s LCM 200 Freestyle Performers All-Time

  1. Ian Thorpe – 1:44.06, 2001
  2. Maximillian Giuliani – 1:44.79, 2023
  3. Clyde Lewis – 1:44.90, 2019
  4. Thomas Fraser-Holmes – 1:45.08, 2014
  5. Alex Graham – 1:45.22, 2021
  6. Kenrick Monk – 1:45.46, 2009
  7. Cameron McEvoy – 1:45.46, 2014
  8. Kyle Chalmers – 1:45.48, 2021
  9. Elijah Winnington – 1:45.53, 2022
  10. Grant Hackett – 1:45.61, 2004

Giuliani is not headed to Doha so this competition represents a fine-tuning opportunity along his path toward potential Paris 2024 Olympic qualification.

Also entered in this Miami meet is Bond’s 18-year-old speedster Flynn Southam.

Southam is set to take on the 50m free and 400m free at this in-season meet. The teen owns a career-quickest of 22.29 in the former and 3:52.07 in the latter, an off-event, so we’ll see what Southam has up his sleeve this weekend.

Southam already is a 3-time World Championships medalist, helping the green and gold capture gold in the men’s and mixed 4x100m free relays, as well as bronze in the men’s 4x200m free relay in Fukuoka.

Additional notable entrants for Miami include Southam’s teammates Hannah Casey and Milla Jansen, as well as Alex Graham, Olympia Pope and Jenna Strauch of the host club.

Somerset’s Michael Pickett of New Zealand is also expected to race, entered in his bread-and-butter 50m and 100m freestyle races.

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4 months ago

1.48.26 today at the Miami meet

peter robinson
4 months ago

Max should have done the worlds. Still a lot to learn. Relay experience would have been invaluable.

Emily Se-Bom Lee
4 months ago

interested to see how casey goes after her coach change, in her first competition since junior worlds

Last edited 4 months ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee
Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
4 months ago

Max as the headline name over Southam, Strauch and Graham! He really shot to sudden stardom

Jackie O
Reply to  Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
4 months ago

His impressive improvements last year deserve the recognition especially if he continues to improve this year.

4 months ago

“Giuliani has made major gains in the 2free, beginning with the Berlin stop of the 2023 World Aquatics Swimming World Cup.”

“…beginning with the Berlin stop….”

This is a bit of a misleading comment, almost seeming as if it were quoted from a self-serving World Aquatics press release.

According to SwimCloud, in April, ’23, Giuliani swam 1:50.85 200 free PB LCM at the Australian Age Championships. The next meet listed there (I suppose there could have been other meets in Australia that didn’t make it to the SwimCloud database, but I find it relatively reliable) is the TYR Pro Swim Series Championship in late-July in Irvine, California where he was one of the leading members of an Australian junior-ish crew… Read more »

Reply to  mds
4 months ago

He was too old for Age nationals. He did do Open Nationals in April with a 50.0 And 1.48.7. The he went faster again at the June trials.

Reply to  mds
4 months ago

I think this is his complete list of best times since he moved to Miami plus his starting point.

1:50.43 -0.42 788 17 2021-06-13 2021 Australian Swimming Trials
1:49.59 -0.84 806 19 2022-12-11 2022 McDonald’s Queensland Championships
1:49.03 -0.56 818 19 2022-12-11 2022 McDonald’s Queensland Championships
1:48.44 -0.59 832 19 2023-01-22 2023 SA State Open & MC Championships
1:48.17 -0.27 838 19 2023-06-14 2023 Australian Swimming Trials
1:48.05 -0.12 841 19 2023-06-14 2023 Australian Swimming Trials
1:46.26 -1.79 884 20 2023-07-26 TYR Pro Championships
1:46.23 -0.03 885 20 2023-07-28 TYR Pro Championships
1:46.18 -0.05 886 20 2023-10-05 2023 Berlin World Cup
1:45.42 -0.76 905 20 2023-10-22 2023 Budapest World Cup
1:44.79 -0.63 922 20 2023-12-12 2023 Queensland Championships

Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Troyy –
Excellent work. Thank you for filling in the data gaps. One way or another, he’s been a locomotive going downhill over the last few cycles. I look forward to trying to follow his progress.

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