Australian Championships: Day 6 Finals Live Recap


Women’s 200 IM Multi-Class

Tiffany Thomas Kane won the women’s 200 IM multi-class in a time of 3:08.98 earning 879 points. Katherine Downie finished second in a time of 2:34.84 collecting 832 points while Madeleine Scott picked up the bronze in a time of 2:38.58 which equates to 809 points.

  1. Tiffany Thomas Kane (SB6) – 3:08.98
  2. Katherine Downie (SB10) – 2:34.84
  3. Maeleine Scott (SB6) – 2:38.68
  4. Lakeisha Patterson (SB8) – 2:49.24
  5. Lakeisha Patterson (SB10) – 2:49.24
  6. Taylor Corry (SB14) – 2:35.42
  7. Kayla Clarke (SB14) – 2:36.27
  8. Kate Wilson (SB6) – 3:22.92

Men’s 200 IM Multi-Class

Men’s 50 Freestyle (semi-final)

  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 22.02
  • Australian Record – Ashley Callus – 21.19

Yesterday Cameron McEvoy took the 100 freestyle in a time of 47.04, posting the world’s fastest ever textile swim. McEvoy followed that performance up by taking the top spot in the men’s 50 freestyle final recording a 22.12 in this evening’s semi-final. His time was not far off his lifetime best of 21.97, which he posted at the 2014 Australian Championships.

Matthew Abood hit the wall in a time of 22.24 recording the second fastest qualifying time. James Magnussen qualified for the final with the third fastest time of 22.34.

This is the 100 freestyle Olympic silver medalist’s last chance for qualifying to swim an individual event in Rio. Magnussen swam this event in London, but failed to make the finals.

  1. Cameron McEvoy – 22.12
  2. Matthew Abood – 22.24
  3. James Magnussen – 22.34
  4. Will Stockwell – 22.36
  5. James Roberts – 22.39
  6. David Morgan – 22.45
  7. Andrew Abood – 22.47
  8. Kenneth To – 22.51

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 2:23.06
  • Australian Record – Leisel Jones – 2:20.54

Taylor McKeown took the women’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:21.45 over two seconds ahead of the field and under the Olympic qualifying standard of 2:23.06. McKeown had already made the team in the 100 breaststroke so the win in the 200 breaststroke just adds one more event to her schedule in Rio.

Her time was faster than her previous best of 2:22.10 and is good enough to place her second in the world rankings.

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McKeown swam this event in Kazan finishing 11th.

100 breaststroke champion Georgia Bohl finished second in a time of 2:23.95. Bohl missed the Olympic qualifying time by 89 one hundredths of a second.

She was followed by Tessa Wallace who finished third in a time of 2:24.37.

  1. Taylor McKeown – 2:21.45
  2. Georgria Bohl 2:23.95
  3. Tessa Wallace – 2:24.37
  4. Sally Hunter – 2:25.01
  5. Jessica Hansen – 2:26.15
  6. Jenna Strauch – 2:28.78
  7. Sarah Beale – 2:31.25
  8. Lorna Tonks – 2:33.45

Men’s 200 Backstroke

  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 1:57.12
  • Australian Record – 1:53.17

Mitch Larkin won the men’s 200 backstroke in a time of 1:53.90, finishing over two seconds ahead of the field. Larkin’s time is the fastest 200 backstroke posted in 2016 beating his own time of 1:54.68. The World Championship double gold medalist also sits atop of the world rankings for the 2015-16 season having posted a 1:53.17 in November, setting new Australian and Commonwealth records.

Joshua Beaver finished second in a time of 1:56.19 well under the Olympic qualifying time and puts up him sixth in the world rankings. Beaver, who swam this event Kazan finishing 13th, beat his previous lifetime best of 1:56.48, which he recorded at last year’s Australian Championships.

Matson Lawson, who finished over three seconds behind Beaver, grabbed the bronze hitting the wall in a time of 1:59.37.

  1. Mitch Larkin – 1:53.90
  2. Joshua Beaver – 1:56.19
  3. Matson Lawson – 1:59.37
  4. Jared Gilliland – 2:00.00
  5. Nic Groenewald – 2:00.31
  6. Tristan Ludlow – 2:00.80
  7. Ben Edmonds – 2:01.08
  8. Keelan Bridge – 2:01.77

Women’s 200 Backstroke (semi-final)

  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 2:09.16
  • Australian Record – Emily Seebohm – 2:05.81

In an example of just how deep the Australian women’s backstroke events are three women qualified for the the 200 backstroke final with times faster than the Olympic qualifying standard. Emily Seebohm is going into tomorrow night’s 200 backstroke final with the time of 2:08.10. Seebohm’s time was well off her season’s best of 2:06.94. Belinda Hocking had a very strong performance in the semi-final recording a time of 2:08.55.

Madi Wison finished third in a time of 2:08.91 while Minna Atherton was the fourth athlete to go under the Olympic standard posted a 2:09.10.

  1. Emily Seebohm – 2:08.10
  2. Belinda Hocking – 2:08.55
  3. Madi Wilson – 2:08.91
  4. Minna Atherton – 2:09.10
  5. Sian Whittaker – 2:09.32
  6. Mikka Sheridan – 2:11.48
  7. Amy Forrester  2:11.96
  8. Ellen Fullerton – 2:13.77

Men’s 200 IM

  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 1:58.54
  • Australian Record – Leith Brodie – 1:56.96

It was announced late yesterday that Thomas Fraser-Holmes had decided not to swim in the final, gave two athletes the opportunity to grab spots on the Olympic team. Defending national champion Daniel Tranter won the event in a time of 1:58.72, missing the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:58.54 two tenths of a second.

Justin James finished second in a time of 1:59.12 while Travis Mahoney finished third. In the end \Fraser-Holmes is the only swimmer to go under the Olympic qualifying time in the event.

  1. Daniel Tranter – 1:58.72
  2. Justin James – 1:59.12
  3. Travis Mahoney – 2:00.53
  4. Tomas Elliot – 2:01.21
  5. Clyde Lewis – 2:01.24
  6. Kazim Boskovic – 2:01.29
  7. Jared Gilliland – 2:01.54
  8. James Traiforos – 2:04.71

Women’s 100 freestyle

  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 53.92
  • Australian Record – Cate Campbell – 52.33

The last two women to win World Championship gold in the 100 freestyle finished first and second in tonight’s final. Cate Campbell took the event in a time of 52.38, just five one-hundredths of a second off of her Australian record while sister Bronte Campbell hit the wall in a time of 52.58.

Bronte was also just off her lifetime best of 52.52.

Emma McKeon finished third in a time of 52.80.

The three now sit first second and fourth in the world rankings.

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To have three women dip below the 53 second mark is an extremely significant accomplishment considering that no athlete from the United States has ever accomplished that feat.

Brittany Elmslie finished fourth in a time of 53.54. Alicia Coutts sat in the first alternate position after the semi-final, but got the chance to compete in the final when Madi Wilson decided to pull out of the event. The national team veteran made the most of her opportunity finishing fifth in a time of 54.09.

Coutts was followed by Kotuku Ngwati who hit the wall in a time of 54.10.

All six women will make up the women’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay team, a team that will  be considered not only the favourite’s for the gold in Rio, but also to break their own world record. The team of Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, McKeon and Melanie Schlanger set the world record posting a time of 3:30.96 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

When you add up the season’s best for all four women in 2014 they equal a combined time of 3:32.66.

Season’s best times in 2014:

Add up from a flat start – 3:32.66

When you do the same with the top four competitors in tonight’s final their combined time is a 3:31.30.

Times from the tonight’s final

Add up from a flat start – 3:31.79

  1. Cate Campbell – 52.38
  2. Bronte Campbell – 52.58
  3. Emma McKeon – 52.80
  4. Brittany Elmslie – 53.54
  5. Alicia Coutts – 54.09
  6. Kotuku Ngawati – 54.10
  7. Bronte Barratt – 54.39
  8. Shayna Jack – 54.68

Men’s 100 Butterfly (semi-final)

  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 51.51
  • Australian Record – Andrew Lauterstein

Grant Irvine punched his ticket to Rio in the 200 butterfly and is attempting to add the 100 butterfly to his schedule in Rome. Irvine leads the way into tomorrow night’s final with a time of 52.09. His time in the semi-final eclipses his previous lifetime best of 52.23, which he posted at least year’s championships.

Christopher Wright had the second fastest qualifying time of 52.49 followed by Daniel Lester who put up a 52.65.

  1. Grant Irvine – 52.09
  2. Christopher Wright – 52.49
  3. Keiran Qaium – 52.69
  4. David Morgan – 52.69
  5. Tommaso D’Orsogna – 52.86
  6. Nathaniel Romeo – 53.15
  7. Hugo Morris – 53.56
  8. Edward Marks – 53.56

Women’s 50 Backstroke Multi-Class

Men’s 50 Backstroke Multi-Class

Men’s 50 Breaststroke

Joshua Palmer won the men’s 50 breaststroke just ahead of 100 breaststroke champion Jake Packard. Palmer touched in a time of 27.85 followed by Packard who hit the wall in a time of 27.86.

Matthew Treloar and Tommy Sucipto tied for the third place position with both touching in a time of 27.96.

  1. Joshua Palmer – 27.85
  2. Jake Packard – 27.86
  3. Matthew Treloar – 27.96
  4. Tommy Sucitpo – 27.96
  5. Buster Sykes – 28.18
  6. James McKenhnie – 28.40
  7. Matthew Wilson – 28.44
  8. Grayson Bell – 28.57

Women’s 50 Butterfly

Holly Barratt won the women’s 50 butterfly in a time of 26.19. She was followed by Marieke D’Cruz who posted a 26.62 and Sara Saal who hit the wall in a time of 26.82.

  1. Holly Barratt – 26.19
  2. Marieke D’Cruz – 26.62
  3. Sara Saal – 26.82
  4. Abby Duncan – 27.05
  5. Gemma Conney – 27.06
  6. Mikaela Cornelissen – 27.07
  7. Brianna Throssell – 27.12
  8. Christina Licciardi – 27.30

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8 years ago

Australia uses Top 8 in semifinal (for 50, 100, 200m events) and Top 8 in preliminaries (for 400,800, 1500m events) from 2015 WC in Kazan.

8 years ago

Why are the Aussie men’s standards faster than the Canadians? Are they not using Fina A standards? Are their times set faster then Fina A?

Reply to  Njones
8 years ago

Canadians used Fina A (OQT) which is top 16 from London after prelims. Aus uses top 8. I’ll let the smart people here take a stab at explaining the why part.

Years of Plain Suck
8 years ago

This comment is for the officials at US Swimming in charge running US Olympic trials in Omaha in late June:

What do the following (current or recent) Olympic trials have in common?

The French trials
The Japanese trials
The Canadian trials
The British trials
The Austrialian trials

They all used the multi-color lane line configuration that is employed at the Olympics (as well as World Championships). This configuration is much easier for spectators (especially those watching on TV or mobile devices) to tell which athlete is in which lane — it provides them with a continuous frame of reference.

Note to Mr Wielgus: please use the proven multi-color lane configuration at US trials. Swimming fans will thank you.

Captain Awesome
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
8 years ago

I get that this is important to you but haven’t you been going on about this for the last year? I’m not sure the US likes to change things after they’ve been done a certain way for a while.

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
8 years ago

I don’t understand why this keeps coming up on the boards. How can three colored lane ropes make that big of a difference?
It’s a pool. The fast people are in the middle. (usually)
You’re telling me that if Cate Campbell is in lane 4, and Sjöström is in lane 5, I’m somehow not going to know where lanes 4 and 5 are?

Reply to  Byers
8 years ago

Before the haters get to it, that’s obviously an Olympics example. I know those two will not be at US Trials…
For a trials example replace Campbell with Matt Grevers and replace Sjöström with Ryan Murphy

Years of Plain Suck
Reply to  Byers
8 years ago

When you watch swimming on TV, computer, or mobile device, you are usually viewing a “product” where the director is continuously cutting into and out of various shots: overhead, in-close, underwater into a turn, out of water coming out, starting block cam, etc. The colored lane lines provide the spectators with continuous points of reference to quickly grasp which swimmer is in which lane.

Think of colored lane lines as a “user-friendly GUI.” (Metaphor from another era.)

The rest of the world has grasped the fact that colored lane lines allow spectators to more easily follow individual swimmers.

Rowdy Gaines (and he’s a pro) told me on Twitter that commentating is a bit easier with colored lane lines.… Read more »

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
8 years ago

I doubt Chuck Wielgus is reading this boards. While I agree with you (and I remember from your up/down vote poll that most people do), it really just comes off to me as irrational spam.

Reply to  iLikePsych
8 years ago

iLikePsych – Chuck Wielgus has actually commented on these message boards more than once, including responding to this very complaint. See here:

Years of Plain Suck
Reply to  iLikePsych
8 years ago

@ILIKEPSYCH Your point is well taken, and this will be my last comment on the subject for a while.

I create products for a living: books, software, apps, card decks, conferences, and toys. I do my own design, and I strive to make my products easy to understand and to use. (I’ve also acted as a consultant to many companies known for their design — Apple, Disney, NBC, MTV, Hallmark.)

Yes, I’ve been a bit fanatical on the subject of multi-color lane lines. That’s because I believe they are significantly friendlier to spectators (especially those viewing on smaller devices) than single color lane lines. As a designer, I feel that both US Swimming and NBC should want to put… Read more »

8 years ago

Is yolane kukla still swimming?

Reply to  Atento
8 years ago

A bit . Yolane has been testing the waters with James Roberts . Some 50s time trialled at mid 25s but I don’t know anymore until Yolane says it herself.

8 years ago

That Australian 4×100 could become the best relay ever assembled, male or female. Surely nobody can debate it?

Their potential (relative to shiny suit WRs) is like a male squad going 3.06!!! 46.5 averages!

Victor P
Reply to  Dee
8 years ago

Highly debatable on the men’s side. On the women’s side, the only thing that can keep them from a medal is a disqualification.

BTW, the top 4 sum total is 3:31.30, not 3:31.79.


They should go 3:29 and could possibly pop a 3:28!

Reply to  Victor P
8 years ago

I did only mean the women. Although Ash Callus has done incredibly taking Roberts from 50. to 48. In 2 months. Australia very feasably have four 47s swimmers on the hand. It really would rely on the stars well and truly aligning though. Unlikely.

The Australian women are incredible – On Emma McKeon, Alice Tait (Mills) hit the nail on the head… If you had to draw a picture of the optimum swimmers physique, she is it!

Reply to  Dee
8 years ago

If you had to draw Elle Macpherson 2 she is it!

8 years ago

2015 world championships and 2016 trials are the best indicators that can be used. Based on these indicators, it is not possible to deny her a real chance to medal. She performed 52.98 in semis + 52.80 in finals, only 3 other girls have produced similar or better performances during the last four years, and only Kromo and Heemskerk seems to have the potential to join them. I’m pretty sure that a 52.80 in Rio would mean bronze or 4th place at worst… you can bet that the final will be faster than that, but it would be surprising (not unlikely, but surprising).

For Atherton, I agree that it would depend on her ability to improve quickly until august, but… Read more »

Reply to  Aigues
8 years ago

Yes, that is the form of last year. So far Kromowidjojo is looking fast but we haven’t seen much of Heemskerk. The Americans have looked ordinary for years and they ostensibly have a veritable chasm to bridge to be competitive …… but whilst it looks unlikely, its dangerous to say “they’re out of it or they’ve got no one” until we’ve got the evidence of their Trials to hand.

There is also the other issue; that of replicating stellar Trials performance when it really counts. As yet, her big meet CV has yet to prove that. I certainly hope she does but I’m certainly not taking it as a sure fire certainty

Reply to  commonwombat
8 years ago

Sure, I’m fully aware that McKeon could swim a 53.5 in Rio giving her the 8th place, while Atherton could even miss the final. I just can’t see any logical reason to explain that Kromowidjodjo will be in Rio’s 100m but not McKeon.

Reply to  Aigues
8 years ago

The logic that McKeon is third in her country and Kromowidjodjo is (presumably) first in hers isn’t enough?

8 years ago

And McKeon, like Atherton before, would have been a medal contender in Rio. Still unfair.

Reply to  Aigues
8 years ago

That’s a fairly large assumption, and in Atherton’s case a ridiculous one. Whilst Atherton would probably make every other team except possibly USA, she’s yet to break 59 or even get particularly close to it. Highly unlikely that the medals in the W100back will be decided “north” of 59sec.

In McKeon’s case, you may have a stronger case but until we see the full range of times from Trials season, we won’t have the full picture on who’s swimming what. Just because there were only 4 sub 53s last year doesn’t mean there won’t be more this year. Whilst she’d be short odds to make the final, medal …… she’s probably be needing to drop another couple of tenths.

Reply to  commonwombat
8 years ago

Agree with CW on this one.
There is no guarantee C1 or C2 will win gold either. The Swedish may have something to say about that.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Petriasfan, I imagine that Nwagati helps to sell covers of magazines.
She’s hot.
Maybe that’s a good argument to select her. 🙂

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