2019 Sydney Open Meet
- Friday, May 10th – Sunday, May 12th
- Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center (SOPAC)
- Heats at 9am local/Finals at 5:30pm local
- Incorporates UniSport Nationals
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Doing what she does best, Cate Campbell threw down another impressive 100m freestyle performance on her home soil, taking her first gold of the inaugural Sydney Open Meet.
Not only is the 3-day competition new to the NSW calendar, but it incorporates the UniSport Australia Swimming Nationals. UniSport Australia is the peak governing body for university sport in Australia, representing the interests of 43 universities and over 1 million students nationally. As such, there are university student-athletes intermingled with the elite Australian Dolphins, making for a thrilling mix of amateur and pro athletes.
C1 established herself as the woman to beat with a powerful 53.92 AM swim only to drop almost a full second en route to topping the women’s 100m free podium in a menacing 52.96. Splitting 25.00/27.96, C1 threw down the only sub-53 mark of the evening, with Emma McKeon is hot pursuit with a solid swim of her own in 53.64. Marion’s Madi Wilson keeps proving her freestyle progression is no fluke, clocking 53.99 for bronze.
Campbell already sits as the #1 swimmer in the world with her big-time 52.35 mark she put up at South Aussie states last month. She remains just 1 of 4 women worldwide who have ventured under the 53 second threshold in this event this season. Both McKeon and Wilson have been slightly faster this season as well, but with the Aussie World Trials still a month away, the women have got to be happy with this kind of speed at this point.
Of her performance, C1 said, “I know I’m never going to be the fastest starter in the field but we are working on getting it as best we can…so I will be interested to see the video of the start.
“But the time was certainly very encouraging at this stage of the preparation for next months Trials and before we head to Thredbo for our annual training camp – where we will do nothing but train, eat and sleep.”
The men’s 100m free saw an upset of sorts whereby Aussie national Cameron McEvoy, who trains at TSS Aquatics under Chris Nesbit, but is representing his Griffith Uni here, took bronze, clocking 49.48 for hs efforts. Even with Japanese National Record holder Katsumi Nakamura in the mix, it was his teammate Katsuhiro Matsumoto who came out on top.
Entering this meet with a 100m free personal best of 48.99 that rendered him 15th in this event at last year’s Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Matsumoto dropped that down to 48.83 to surge to the lead and earn a new lifetime best. Splitting 23.70/25.13, Matsumoto beat out Nakamura’s still-solid 48.92. Nakamura is currently ranked 9th in the world with his season-best of 48.12 from this past January.
As with the Aussies, Japan has an additional World Championships-qualifying meet, but theirs is represented by the Japan Open Swim slated for the last weekend in May. Matsumoto has already qualified for Gwangju in the 200m free.
Of note, former national record holder Shinri Shioura raced to a time of 49.52 in this morning’s prelims but wound up scratching the final.
17-year-old Youth Olympic Games medalist Kaylee McKeown saw her star shine brightly tonight as the Uni Sunshine Coast athlete crushed the 4th fastest 200m backstroke time in the world.
McKeown was already sub-2:10 this season, marked by the 2:09.47 she logged at last December’s Queensland Championships. That situated the teen as 10t hin the world in the event, even after most nations’ World Championships Trials have concluded.
However, the younger sister of OLympic finalist Taylor McKeown put up the 3rd fastest time of her career with a monster 2:07.10 to lead the women’s 200m back field tonight by over 4 seconds. The next closest competitor was Minna Atherton, who touched in 2:11.54, followed by visiting Japanese swimmer Natsumi Sakai, who punched a time of 2:12.29.
For perspective, McKeown took 4th in this 200m back event at last year’s Pan Pacs in a time of 2:07.01, so she was just .09 off of that mark tonight. Her lifetime best remains at the 2:06.76 she produced in Budapest for 4th plast at the 2017 World Championships.
As for her time, McKeown said post-race she was ‘super surprised.’
“The Canadians and US girls have been putting up some smart times so why not let the Australian girls do the same thing….hopefully come Trials I will get down there again,” said McKeown, who has only had a day’s rest after a heavy block of training.
“I’m pretty happy with that performance and hopefully in a month’s time I can do that again; my coach Chris Mooney didn’t talk about times just to concentrate on my technique but I only did two kicks off the walls so there is still room for improvements.”
Bond University’s Maddie Gough crushed a new personal best en route to victory in the women’s 800m free. Surging to the lead after the first 100m, Gough raced on her own to the final wall, clocking 8:26.89. That overtakes her previous personal best effort of 8:27.28 that rendered her 7th after heats of the event at last year’s Pan Pacific Championships.
With that outing Gough now ranks 8th in the world, frog-hopping Spanish Olympian Mireia Belmonte in the process.
Another PB was seen by the likes of Japanese mega-weapon Daiya Seto, who skipped his pet 200m fly event to contest an off race of the 400m free instead. Having rarely swum this mid-distance free race, the 24-year-old powered his way to an impressive new personal best, beating out Aussie stars Jack McLoughlin and Mack Horton in the process.
Stopping the clock in 3:48.19, Seto’s time marks his first adventure ever under the 3:50-threshold and gives us a good indication that he’s ready to put up some additional knockout performances at this month’s Japan Open.
For McLoughlin and Horton, who finished in respective efforts of 3:49.32 and 3:50.53, their outings are nothing more than indicative of the training they’re under in the final weeks leading up to the Aussie World Championships Trials.
Finally, Yui Ohashi nailed a stunner in the women’s 400m IM, beating the field by over 7 seconds. Earning the gold in 4:36.54, paired with her world-leading season-best time of 4:32.00, Ohashi further proves she, along with Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu is ‘the hunted’ come this summer’s World Championships.
- Bradley Woodward took the men’s 50m backstroke in a time of 25.73, less than .2 off of the Aussie’s personal best of 25.54 from March’s NSW States.
- Aussie National Champion Jenna Strauch won the women’s 50m breast in 27.69, although she was slightly faster in the morning heats with a time of 27.58.
- The men’s 50m breast saw Jams McKechnie take the gold in 27.97 after clocking 27.80 in the AM.
- Olympian David Morgan took the men’s 200m fly very narrowly, touching just .06 ahead of runner-up Charles Cox who finished in 1:58.00. Cox’s time represents a new career-fastest for the 19-year-old St. Peters Western athlete.
- McKeon doubled up on her 100m free silver behind C1 with a gold in the women’s 50m fly. The Griffith Uni star clinched gold in 26.26, a season-best by .03.