Australian SC Championships: Day 1 Prelims Recap


  • Thursday, October 26th – Saturday, October 28th
  • SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park, South Australia
  • SCM
  • Heats 11am local (9pm night before EST)/Finals 7pm local (5am EST)
  • Meet Site
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live results

The morning session on day 1 of the Australian Short Course Championships featured 17 events, including finals for men’s 50 back and 50 breast, the women’s 50 fly, and the men’s and women’s multi-class 50 breast and 400 free.

Multi-class races feature swimmers with a range of disabilities competing in the same race against the World Records for their individual classifications. Thus, it is not always the objectively fastest swimmer who wins the race — it is the one who is closest to his or her classification’s World Record.

To no one’s surprise, Australian record holder Cate Campbell topped the women’s 100 free, followed closely by her sister, Bronte CampbellThe duo were the only swimmers under the :53 mark, going 52.19 and 52.88 respectively. In third was 18-year-old Shayna Jack, who posted a 53.45. Also of note was Emma McKeon in fourth, going 53.50. In his first race at a high-profile meet following his decision to withdraw from Worlds due to a heart condition, 19-year-old Kyle Chalmers posted the top men’s time in 48.21. He was followed by 27-year-olds Travis Mahoney and Andrew Abood, who went 48.5 and 48.66, respectively.

Other prelims highlights:

  • David McKeon posted the top qualifying time heading into the men’s 400 free finals, going 3:45.33.
  • In the women’s 200 back, Sian Whittaker out-swam recent World Champion Emily Seebohm, going 2:06.71 and 2:08.81, respectively.
  • Ruta Meilutyte went 1:06.25 to grab the top spot in the women’s 100 breast.
  • Blair Evans‘ 4:38.61 will be the top time going into the night session of the 400 IM, followed by Emily Seebohm in 4:41.34.

Final swims:

  • 21-year-old S14 swimmer Mitchell Kilduff nabbed the win in the men’s multi-class 400 free, dropping of 11 seconds to finish in 4:06.46. On the women’s side. 23-year old Monique Murphy, who swims in the S10 class, went 4:35.56 for the win
  • In the men’s 50 back final, Bobby Hurley took first in 24.02, followed by Joshua Beaver in 24.56 and David Morgan in 24.64.
  • Cate Campbell took gold in the women’s 50 fly, going 25.56. She was followed by Emma McKeon in 26.14 and Gemma Cooney in 26.65.
  • Grayson Bell won the men’s 50 breast in 27.03, followed by James McKechnie in 27.08 and Samuel Williamson in 27.30.
  • 30-year-old SB7 swimmer Matthew Levy went 36.77 to take gold in the men’s multi-class 50 breast, followed by SB9 swimmer Matthew War in 31.00 and SB13 swimmer Liam Bekric in 31.21.
  • In the women’s multi-class 50 breast, 17-year-old Ashley Van Rijswijk was golden in 37.89. She was followed by Jamie-Lee Getson (SB 1 class) in 37.97 and Maddyson Lloyd (SB8 class) in 40.05

Day 1 finals kick off at 6 p.m. local time.


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Cate Campbell in 52.19. Maybe she’s going to get her WR back.

Chalmers should win easily, as his biggest rivals aren’t competing.


This is SCM


SCM- but good heat time!


Cate Campbell held 100 free SCM in 50.91 before Sjostrom broke it twice in 50.77 and 50.58


SCM bruh


Cate Campbell held the 100 free SCM WR before Sjostrom broke hers, bruh


You were right Mark, World Record short course, she is back.


Massive PB by Madi Wilson in the 100m Free heats. If the stats are correct she had a 56.65 and got 53.90. Now can C1 and C2 just stay fit until the trials and CG.


You need to take entry times with a rather large grain of salt. FYI, Madi Wilson’s SCM PB for 100free is 52.69 swum at Singapore WCup in Oct 2016. Her LCM PB is 53.99. AUS 4×100 for CG looks to be C1, C2, McKeon, Jack. Given there will probably be barely sufficient relay teams to fill an 8 team final, its unlikely that there will be any need for relay heats or heat swimmers for almost ALL relays. Wilson MAY face a significant battle to nail down one of the 3 individual berths in any of the backstroke events but her 4×200 performance in Budapest suggests that she may have an opening in this relay. It would seem that C2… Read more »


Yep I did another comment before about the PB being wrong but for some reason that wasn’t published before.

Still curious with C2 whether her shoulder problems can actually be fixed with surgery or because of the type of problem they are (from the nerve was what she said at the Nationals) it’s injections only and rest to fix it, etc.


Her indications at Worlds were on the line of surgery as her other shoulder is also having issues due to “over compensating” for the originally problematic one.


Do you know why Bronte is now training at Chandler?


I asked Nicole J the same thing on Twitter. Because technically all of the high performance swimmers moved with Simon across to Chandler but only Bronte is listed as Chandler (Cate and Shayna are still listed as Commercial).


Yes, both Campbell’s & Jack have switched to Chandler. It would appear that Bronte moved first and the others later which explains why they are listed as different clubs. If you switched clubs after the close of entries for the meet, you swim for your old club. The old 90 day rule has been abolished.


World record Cate Campbell.


50.25, huge!
Cate Campbell is incredible and I really hope she stay fit for great races with Sjostrom and Manuel

crooked donald

Did not see that coming. She blew away the field. Chalmers, on the other hand, not as fast as I thought he’d go. Wasn’t expecting a 46, but was hoping for at least a 47 low. Maybe Cate can swim on the men’s relay.


Chalmers’ looking far from an ideal physical shape, but if he’s fixed his main problem he may regained his form with the necessary training.


he did what he had to do to win


That swim was unbelievable. The way she just blew away the field from the start was insane. Bronte’s reaction cracking up laughing pretty much summed up the field. Shayna broke her PB to finish 4th, Emma and Bronte were outside theirs.


Cate’s best races are always like that. Get the free water and roll with it. That’s not a knock on her WR whatsoever, but I hope she goes to compete in the world cup in a few weeks and race Sarah and Ranomi.

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