Australian Worlds Roster Gains Stubblety-Cook, McKeown & More on Day 2


Day two of the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships brought the heat, which means more names were added to the consideration roster for the green and gold for next month’s FINA World Aquatics Championships.

Leading the charge on the men’s side was Zac Stubblety-Cook, with the 2020 Olympic gold medalist scorching a new World Record in his signature 200m breaststroke.

Getting to the wall in a monster time of 2:05.95, the 23-year-old became the first-ever swimmer to get under the 2:06 barrier in the event, wiping out the previous WR time of 2:06.12 Russian Anton Chupkov put on the books in 2019.

Zac Incerti also impressed, getting under the 1:46 barrier in the men’s 200 freestyle for the first time in his career. The training mate of Kyle Chalmers hit a mark of 1:45.80 to qualify for Budapest, with 400m free victor here, Elijah Winnington, also adding this event to his lineup.

Among the women’s performances, not only did Chelsea Hodges nail a new Aussie national record in the 50m breast (30.15) but multi-faceted superstar Kaylee McKeown crushed a new lifetime best in the women’s 400m IM.

Grabbing gold in a time of 4:31.74, McKeown shaved about a second off of her previous PB of 4:32.73 from last December. She now ranks as the #2 swimmer in the world this season behind Canada’s teen sensation Summer McIntosh.

Australian World Championships Tentative Individual Qualifiers Through Day 1

  • Elijah Winnington – 400m freestyle (3:43.10), 200m free (1:46.01)
  • Mack Horton – 400m freestyle (3:44.06)
  • Lani Pallister – 800m freestyle (8:17.77)
  • Kiah Melverton – 800m freestyle (8:22.64)
  • Joshua Edwards-Smith – 200m back (1:56.71)
  • Mitch Larkin – 200m back (1:56.79)
  • Jenna Strauch – 100m breast (1:06.69)
  • Abbey Harkin – 100m breast (1:06.88)
  • Matt Temple – 100m fly (51.50)
  • Kyle Chalmers – 100m fly (51.67)*
  • Mollie O’Callaghan – 100m free (52.49)
  • Shayna Jack – 100m free (52.60)
  • Thomas Nowakowski – 50m free (21.86)
  • Grayson Bell – 50m free (22.08)
  • Brianna Throssel – 100m fly (57.31)
  • Zac Incerti – 200m free (1:45.80)
  • Kaylee McKeown – 400m IM (4:31.74)
  • Jenna Forrester – 400m IM (4:36.72)
  • Zac Stubblety-Cook – 200m breast (2:05.95) WR
  • Matt Wilson – 200m breast (2:10.14)

*Kyle Chalmers has previously stated he would not be competing at this summer’s World Championships; with his opting out, Cody Simpson would be the next in line for a possible slot as the men’s 2nd 100m butterfly qualifier. However, Chalmers has recently indicated that he’s reconsidering that decision.

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2 months ago

For 100 and 200 freestyle, do they take top 4 or top 6?

Reply to  Beastjo
2 months ago

I believe there is some discretion there but they pretty much always take top 6.

Reply to  Beastjo
2 months ago

This is an interesting question. Usually for world championships they take top 6, but for comm games usually it’s only top 4.

2 months ago

Day 2 was looking a bit underwhelming until ZSC hit the water.

Reply to  Oceanian
2 months ago

W50 breast, W50 back and W4IM were pretty good before that tbh

2 months ago

Top 4 women’s 100 meter freestyle for the women’s 4 x 100 FR-R?

Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
2 months ago

Relays can come from anyone on the list but additions are made at the end of the meet, usually at least top 5 in 100 &200 free, Individually Top2 for Worlds, Top 3 for Commonwealth Games.Emma Mckeon is already selected for Commonwealth Games,in the 50 &100 free so in those events only the top 2 from trials get to swim in Commonwealth Games, it gets confusing!

Last edited 2 months ago by Gheko

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