Campbell Swims Blazing 100 Free At National Team Time Trial

The Australians highest level of athletes are swimming a Time Trials meet in Brisbane, Australia, and the most impressive time came from Cate Campbell, who was a 53.38 in the women’s long course 100 freestyle.

That time is not her best of the season, but it is better than anyone else in the world in 2013. In fact, she has the four best times of 2013, including the world-leading 52.83 from the Australian National Championships in April.

The meet, which continues into the weekend, is designed to give athletes a real-esque simulation of what to expect at the World Championships.

Other results of the meet, from Swimming Australia.


Men’s 200m Backstroke
Olympian Mitchell Larkin led the men in the 200m backstroke to finish in a time of 1:58.85, quicker than his heat time in April, closely followed by 100m backstroke swimmer Ashley Delaney who hit the wall in 2:00.31. Victorian Matson Lawson finished third overall in 2:04.52. 

Women’s 200m Backstroke
St Peters Western swimmer Meagen Nay clocked a 2:08.92 to take out the women’s 200m backstroke ahead of 2011 World Championship silver medallist Belinda Hocking who touched in 2:11.85. Nay managed to knock two seconds off her heat time from the same event at the Australian Swimming Championships and come within a second of her final time that saw her book her ticket to Barcelona. 

Men’s 200m Freestyle
Wollongong middle distance swimmer David McKeon was the standout in the first run through of the men’s 200m freestyle covering the four laps in 1:49.88. The 20-year-old who will swim the 400m free at the world championships, and who is likely to feature in the men’s 4x200m free, was followed into the wall by Jarrod Killey (1:50.57) and Alexander Graham (1:51.69). 

Women’s 200m Freestyle
Swimming in her home pool, Kylie Palmer will be looking to stay on top in the women’s 200m freestyle after clocking a 1:59.88 tonight. Palmer’s time was the only sub-two-minute–swim and relegated Bronte Barratt to second in a time of 2:00.52. 

Men’s 100m Breaststroke
The men’s 100m breaststroke was a race in two with Olympic silver medallist Christian Sprenger stopping the clock in 1:00.52 ahead of Brenton Rickard in 1:01.96. Currently ranked the fastest in the world this year with a time of 59.05, swum in the semi-finals at the Australian Championships in April, Sprenger will have another crack at posting a time tomorrow morning.  Paralympic gold medallists Blake Cochrane and Matt Levy covered the two laps of breaststroke in 1:00.52 and 1:01.96 to suggest their preparation for Montreal is looking good. 

Women’s 100m Breaststroke
Fellow breaststrokers and World Championship teammates Sally Foster and Samantha Marshall battled all the way to the wall in the women’s 100m breast, with Foster narrowly securing the win at the wall. Foster’s time of 1:08.97 was too good for Marshall in 1:09.97, with both girls looking on track for Barcelona next month. 

Men’s 50m Freestyle
Sydney based sprinter Matt Abood was the quickest through the men’s 50m freestyle beating his brother Andrew to the wall in a time of 22.57. The 26-year-old who will swim the event in Barcelona was 0.3 of a second quicker than his younger sibling, while Jamie Sturgeon (23.10) and James Roberts (23.26) finished third and fourth respectively. Multi class swimmers Matt Cowdrey (25.93), Rowan Crothers (26.83) and Matt Haanappel (31.82) also showed good early meet form to finish the 50m free around half a second off their finals times at this year’s Australian Championships. 

Women’s 100m Butterfly
Olympic bronze medallist in this event Alicia Coutts posted a 58.39 in her first hit out of the night to take top spot in the women’s 100m butterfly.  Her time was just over 0.3 of a second faster than her heat swim from this event at the Australian Championships in April. 

Men’s 200m IM
Both Daniel Tranter and Kenneth To have swum quicker than their heat times from this year’s Australian Championships in their first hit out in the men’s 200m IM.  Tranter covered the four strokes in 1:59.54, while To was just a shade behind in 1:59.81. 

Men’s 100m Backstroke
Beijing Olympian Ashley Delaney was the quickest through in the men’s 100m backstroke hitting the wall in 54.79, while Paralympian Sean Russo showed his preparation is on track with a strong 1:02.57. 

Men’s 100m Freestyle
Olympic silver medallist James Magnussen looked in good shape to finish his 100m freestyle in a time of 48.84 ahead of Gold Coast teenager Cameron McEvoy (48.84) and Trinity Grammar’s Kenneth To who finished in 49.25. 

Women’s 100m Backstroke
Sydney University swimmer Hayley  White finished on top in the women’s 100m backstroke ahead of World Championship teammates Meagen Nay, Emily Seebohm and Belinda Hocking in second, third and fourth place respectively.  Seebohm and Hocking were both outside their heat times from the Australian Championships and will be looking to improve tomorrow.

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bobo gigi

Still very impressive Cate Campbell.
And the time of James Magnussen is 48.50.

bobo gigi

C. Campbell is adding pressure on herself.

Unless Bronte Barratt and Kylie Palmer are under super-heavy training, they are going to be smashed by Muffat who is able to post times of 1:56 untapered.

bobo gigi

Cate Campbell vs Ranomi Kromowidjojo will be great to watch.
About Camille Muffat, she always swims fast in-season. I agree with you, TODAY, she’s favorite. But I’m still waiting for the USA trials next week to be sure.

jean Michel

Megan Romano could be ( if she really wants it ) the darkhorse of the 100 free in Barcelona …. Campbell and Ranomi are much faster but who knows .


You have to say that if Cate can repeat these high 52s in Barcelona, Ranomi is the only person who can seriously challenge her. I haven’t heard much from Ranomi this year though, do you have any idea how her recent form is?

bobo gigi

Ranomi is still great this year. 24.56 in the 50 free and 54.14 in the 100 free in March. 24.30 in the 50 free, 53.83 in the 100 free and 25.80 in the 50 fly in April. 24.52 in the 50 free in Monaco a few days ago. 24.41 in the 50 free, 53.89 in the 100 free and 25.95 in the 50 fly in Italy last week.



As in 2011 worlds and 2012 Olympics, Barrat/Palmer was never going to challenge the heavy favorite (now Muffat) anyway. They will fight it out for minor medals. And if Schmitt is back to her Olympics best, their best hope is bronze, but there’s also Missy to contend.


I started believe Barratt’s potential after I saw her 400 free in Australian Championships, smooth cruising in a time of 4:03.52. Muffat was still slower in April with her time of 4:04.16 at French Championships. No decisive difference in a pace in 200m free either, yet in April. I don’t think there was a big difference in tapering in April. Her performance in 200m free yesterday just doesn’t seem to fit well in this picture. I don’t think there is a big difference in tapering now either but suddenly a gap is four seconds. I’m really really looking forward to seeing her 400m today/tomorrow (depending on time zone), namely Barratt is one of my picks for a medal in Women’s… Read more »


Okay, and before anyone start laughing at me, yes, I just realized these first events are considered just as heats and the finals are coming later. This one is clear: Barrat didn’t take it so serious in heats.

It’s Campbell’s fault! She did take it serious and I got the sense that all were swimming with full speed.


With the exception of last years olympics in the 200 free, barrats problem has always been to swim fast in the trials and slower in the major championships.

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