Cartwright, Campbell Show Some Speed At Aussie Trials Prelims


19-year-old Jack Cartwright swam his fastest 100 free of the season during the second preliminary session of Australia’s Pan Pac Trials in South Australia, qualifying 1st for the final in 48.56. His fastest swim prior to this was a 48.60 done at the Australian Commonwealth Trials, and failed to qualify for Pan Pacs at the Commonwealth Games with his fastest swim being 48.62. The standard stands at 48.31.

James Roberts (49.21) and Alexander Graham (49.25) qualified 2nd and 3rd, while Elijah Winnington and Kyle Chalmers, who went 1-2 in the 200 final on night 2, squeaked into the final in the last two spots. Chalmers is the only swimmer in the field qualified for Pan Pacs having been 48.15 at the Commonwealth Games.

In the women’s race, Cate Campbell easily snagged the #1 seed in a time of 53.38, just over a second outside of her season-best (52.37) which ranks 2nd in the world (to sister Bronte – 52.27). Emma McKeon and Shayna Jack, both of whom have already qualified for Pan Pacs but not in this event (though even if they don’t can still swim it in Tokyo), qualified 2nd and 3rd in times of 54.07 and 54.32 respectively. They’ve both been 53-mid this year, and will shoot for the qualifying standard of 53.20 in the final.


  • Korean An Sehyeon was the fastest swimmer in the women’s 200 fly prelims, clocking a time of 2:11.10. An has been as fast as 2:08.42 this year which ranks inside the world’s top-20. Laura Taylor, who has qualified for Pan Pacs in the event with a time of 2:07.39 (standard is 2:07.82), heads into the final as the top Australian after a 2:13.92 prelim.
  • Nicholas Brown (1:58.04) leads Theodoros Benehoutsos (1:58.72) and David Morgan (1:59.29) into the men’s 200 fly final, with the qualifying time looming at 1:55.58. Morgan is the fastest Aussie this year at 1:56.36.
  • World #2 Emily Seebohm (1:00.54) leads the women’s 100 back field after prelims, just ahead of teens Minna Atherton (1:00.63) and Kaylee McKeown (1:00.93). McKeown has been under the qualifying time of 59.82 this season in 59.67, but it was done at the New South Wales Championships which wasn’t a qualifying meet. She’ll have to get the job done here.
  • Commonwealth gold medalist Mitch Larkin qualified 1st in the men’s 100 back in 53.84, less than a tenth outside the qualifying standard of 53.76 (though he’s already made it). 19-year-old Bradley Woodward qualified 2nd in 54.13, and is within reach of the qualifying time after going sub-54 (53.95) on the Gold Coast.

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2 years ago

When did Bradley Woodward go to Glasgow? To swim 53.95? Gold Coast ?

Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

Yeah Gold Coast

2 years ago

Hopefully Minna Atherton has a good swim tonight after being in the doldrums for the past year or so

2 years ago

Shayna seems to have really stagnated or even gone backwards since last year. She’s still young tho I guess.

Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

Her 100 & 200 haven’t progressed but a case can be argued for her 50.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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