On the second morning of Australian Nationals, more of the stars from Down Under are beginning to come out. David McKeon and Christian Sprenger were again dominant, but they were joined atop the preliminary results by some other big names like Cate Campbell, Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Emily Seebohm on day 2.
After nabbing the first spot on the Commonwealth Games squad last night, 400 free champ David McKeon got after things again this morning, going 1:46.93 to take the top seed in the 200 free. He’ll have to tangle with Cameron McEvoy in the final, though. McEvoy went 1:47.20 – he was the top seed coming out of prelims of the 50 fly yesterday but scratched the event at semifinals.
McKeon’s prelims time checks in at 5th in the world this year, but McEvoy’s season-best is one spot ahead after McEvoy went 1:46.68 in February. Behind those two are a whole host of guys in the 1:47s – Kurt Herzog (1:47.48) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:47.63) are the top two of that crew.
Cate Campbell put up a quick 24.23 in taking the top seed in the women’s 50 free. That’s just .02 off her world-leading time from earlier this year. Her younger sister Bronte is the second seed, seven tenths back at 25.01. Melanie Schlanger and Emma McKeon sit three and four with 25.2s.
200 breast champ from last night Christian Sprenger leads the 100 breast field. Sprenger was an easy 1:01.31 in the event where he won gold at the 2013 World Championships. He’s almost a full second up on second-seed Jake Packard heading into semifinals tonight.
In the women’s 100 back, it’s Emily Seebohm who leads the field, going 59.86. She’s followed closely by Belinda Hocking, the only other prelims swimmer to crack a minute at 59.92. For Seebohm, that puts her just off her world-leading 2014 time, and Hocking moves into 3rd place on the rankings, bumping Katinka Hosszu out of that slot.
Thomas Fraser-Holmes came off that 200 free to pace the 400 IM easily. The 22-year-old from Miami Swim Club went 4:19.89 and leads by over three seconds heading into the final. Nunawading’s Travis Mahoney is second at 4:23.20, just a half-second up on Jared Gilliland of Nudgee Brothers.
In the Paralympic category, five events were swum. 19-year-old Taylor Corry took the top seed in the women’s Multi-class 100 free at 1:02.79, still about a second off what she went in winning the event a year ago. Daniel Fox is the men’s top seed, going 54.01 to take a few tenths off his 2013 championship effort.
The women’s Para-sport 100 free saw Maddison Elliott pick up the top seed in 1:06.31 just one day after setting a world record in the 50 free. The 15-year-old Elliott leads that field heading into finals.
Waterworx 22-year-old Kayla Clarke is the top seed in the women’s 200 IM, going 2:32.22, a full four seconds faster than her 2013 championship time. Corry was second in that race at 2:39.83.
Matthew Levy leads the men’s 200 IM, going 2:40.67 for the highest-scored race of prelims. Meanwhile 24-year-old Grant Patterson took the top seed in the men’s 150 IM, going 3:15.64.