2023 Sydney Open
- May 12-14
- Sydney, NSW
- LCM (50 meters)
- Live results
Three-time Australian Olympian Cameron McEvoy clocked his fastest 50-meter freestyle time since 2017 in the prelims of the 2023 Sydney Open on Friday morning.
The 28-year-old posted a 21.85 to lead the 50 free heats, which marks the fastest time by any Australian since McEvoy’s 21.81 in the semifinals of the 2017 World Championships. It was his first time going sub-22 seconds since the 2019 World Championships. His lifetime best is a 21.44 from 2016.
In other highlights from the first prelims session, 28-year-old Bronte Campbell raced in her first competition since the Tokyo 2021 Olympics and led the 50 free heats with a 24.95, just .01 seconds ahead of fellow 28-year-old Madi Wilson. Campbell’s best time is a 24.12 from the 2015 World Championships.
Wilson paced the 50 back prelims with a 28.26, less than half a second off her personal-best 27.83 from the 2015 World Championships.
In the men’s 400 free, 22-year-old Brendon Smith reached the wall in 3:53.80, just a couple tenths ahead of 27-year-old Mack Horton (3:54.06). At 19 years old, Erika Fairweather went 4:09.36 as the only woman under 4:10 during the women’s 400 free prelims.
21.4 was an incredibly solid time in 2016, before the Dressel storm. I believe it was more or less what it took Tony Ervin to win gold in Rio. I didn’t know that McEvoy had been that fast in the one lapper. I too still remember his glorious 47.04 in the 100, what a swim that was!
I’m a sucker for smooth-looking strokes and I find myself always going back to watch the smoothest 47.0 ever done by McEvoy
Solid outing from Temple; essentially on par with his Nationals time; likewise from Pallister who has tended to be a big taper swimmer.
Actually pleasing to see McEvoy replicate from heats.
Very pleasing 50free from Harris; this race at Trials looks like it’ll be “tasty”.
Nothing spectacular in M200BK but JES inside QT and Woodward thereabouts.
M100BRS = nothing needs to be said
Was expecting a fast 200IM from McKeown and maybe a sub 2.08 but 2.07.19 was certainly a surprise. Will be very curious as to what she may produce at Trials ….. and whether she may drag Forrester well below 2.09. Some interesting questions to be posed re her Fukuoka schedule given she has now landed herself very… Read more »
Hey Swimswam, pretty please can we have a finals article to comment on live tomorrow night?
Love your work!
Why did Brontë scratch the final
Friends wedding. Was only ever swimming the heat.
The wedding of Emma McKeon’s brother
She didn’t waste anytime in her comeback that has only been going a couple of months!
An European big thanks to Australian swimming fans, the best part (imo) of Swimswam (not only the Swimswam comments section).
The results have been updated now: https://liveresults.swimming.org.au/nsw/2023SydneyOpen/
I don’t know how much Kaylee usually drops in taper, but since Summer’s 2:06.8 was fully tapered she could maybe even go for gold in Fukuoka.
Will Summer even swim 200 IM at Worlds? Too close to the 400 free.
The same question for Kaylee. Is she going to do the 200 IM/ 100 back double this time?
The 100 back isn’t as taxing as the 400 free I think.
Kaylee is known for being fast in season, but usually drops some on a taper.