2019 QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Saturday, December 14th – Friday, December 20th
- 12/14 – relays only; 12/18 – 12/20 age-groupers
- Brisbane Aquatic Center
- Meet Site/Entry List
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 2 Recap
While competing on the first non-relay day of Queensland Championships racing at the Brisbane Aquatic Center, 20-year-old Zac Stubblety-Cook became the 7th fastest 200m breaststroke performer of all-time.
After claiming the top seed of the morning in a time of 2:10.24, Stubblety-Cook dropped the hammer to power his way to a ferocious 2:07.28 to take the state title in a Queensland Record and QLD All Comers Record. That easily beat out runner-up Olympian Yasuhiro Koseki and his time of 2:12.48. Koseki and his fellow compatriots are competing in Queensland in the midst of a training camp.
Splitting 1:01.71/1:05.57, Stubblety-Cook’s 2:07.28 shaves .08 off of the swimmer’s previous lifetime best of 2:07.36 produced in Gwangju, Korea this summer at the World Championships.
With all eyes on fellow Australian Matt Wilson, who logged a World Record in the morning of that meet and ultimately finished with the silver, Stubblety-Cook quietly finished in 4th place. Splits for that 2:07.36 outing included 1:02.04/1:05.32, showing how the man relied on quicker speed on the front end when comparing the two races.
The only other time Stubblety-Cook had been sub-2:08 was en route to winning silver at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. He earned runner-up behind former World Record holder Ippei Watanabe in a time of 2:07.89.
Even with just a .08 best time drop to his new low of 2:07.28, Stubblety-Cook moves from having been the 11th fastest performer to now entering the top 10 at slot #8, according to the USA Swimming database. That’s a huge confidence boost for the man from down under heading into the final months of Olympic Trials preparation.
|#1-2:06.12||Anton Chupkov||RUS||2019 World Champs||7/26/2019||Gwangju|
|#2-2:06.67||Ippei Watanabe||JPN||10th Tokyo Swimming Championships||1/27/2017||Tokyo|
|#2-2:06.67||Matthew Wilson||AUS||2019 World Champs||7/25/2019||Gwangju|
|#4-2:07.01||Akihiro Yamaguchi||JPN||67th Japan National Sports Festival – Swimming Com||9/15/2012||Gifu|
|#5-2:07.17||Josh Prenot||USA||2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials||6/30/2016||Omaha|
|#7-2:07.23||Daniel Gyurta||HUN||2013 World Champs||7/28/2013||Barcelona|
|#8-2:07.28||Zac Stubblety-Cook||AUS||2019 Queensland Championships||12/15/19||Brisbane|