Aussie Meg Harris Puts Up Promising LC Times At Rackley Meet


  • Saturday, October 21st & Sunday, October 22nd
  • Centenary Aquatic Centre, Queensland, Australia
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results: Meet Mobile – 2023 Rackley Centenary LC Prep Meet

While several Australians finished up their World Aquatics Swimming World Cup campaign, another made her new club debut at a domestic meet down under.

21-year-old Olympian Meg Harris raced at the 2023 Rackley Centenary Long Course Prep Meet this weekend, representing her new home.

As we reported, the World Record holder left her previous training camp of the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) in Adelaide this past August. She had been under the tutelage of Peter Bishop, coach of Olympic champion Kyle Chalmerssince 2021, but decided to change things up and head to Damien Jones at Rackley.

At the Rackley Centenary LC Prep Meet this weekend, Harris put up the following times:

  • 5om free – 25.04
  • 100m free – 54.19
  • 50m fly 27.33

Harris owns lifetime bests of 24.29 in the 50m free, 52.92 in the 100m free and 26.63 in the 50m fly, so this weekend’s performances were solid for the Olympic athlete.

Jones is Harris’ third coach in the past two years. Jones’ Rackley Swim Team group includes recent 400-meter freestyle world champion Sam Short and Tokyo Olympian Tommy Neill. Four-time Olympian Cate Campbell had joined Jones at Rackley last year before switching to Vince Raleigh at Chandler Swimming Club in May.

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Southerly Buster
7 months ago

Meg did well with that 52.29 relay split in Fukuoka (only 0.01 behind the fastest American). But with the average Australian split at 51.99 its crazy that she will have to get close to 52 or even sub-52 to get a spot in the final of the relay.

7 months ago

Meg is a key member of the illustrious women’s 4 x 100 free . She will need to improve her best times or I don’t think she will be in the final 4 . Olivia could take her spot

Scuncan Dott v2
Reply to  kevin
7 months ago

Or Cate, Bronte or Madi

Reply to  kevin
7 months ago

An all sub 53 final would be fantastic at Trials.
Realistically, i think we will still see a couple of 53 low/mid.

It will be very hard for the selectors to decide who to bring and who to leave
If team capacity allows it, I suggest just bring all of them lol
I just want to reward these sprinters for being consistent

Last edited 7 months ago by Nono
Miss M
Reply to  Nono
7 months ago

I’ve been thinking about this. If the final finish order is:

Then the best result would be for Cate and Madi to finish in 7th and 8th, and qualify for the team via the 50 for Cate and the 4×200 for Madi. Then they could swim the slowest 4 in the heat and do a complete swap for the final. That does however come with the same huge risks that we saw in the 4×200 in Tokyo, although they all seem to be able to fire fairly reliably over 100m.

I’m dreaming, but I kinda like it!

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Reply to  Miss M
7 months ago

Shayna swam a 1:55 low this year

Reply to  Andy
7 months ago

There will be many tears from the American SwimSwamers when Shayna goes 1:54 at trials next year

Reply to  Miss M
7 months ago

Jamie Perkins is in with a shout too.

Reply to  Robbos
7 months ago

Would love to see her get in instead of one of the other athletes who already has an individual and there’s also Neale who was so reliable in 2021-2022. Does anyone know what happened to Neale this year? Having a down year to recharge her batteries?

Reply to  Miss M
7 months ago

Jack will be on the 200 relay unless something changes.

But yes, my ideal scenario is Madi coming to 6 in the 200 but not the 100 and being used on the relay heat anyway. Cate has a shot at the 50 but honestly it’s going to be tough.

7 months ago

Go Meg

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