Cate Campbell Gets Under World Record To Cap Aussie SC


The Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Nationals has been full of top level swimming all weekend. Cate Campbell added the final blow when she went after the 100 freestyle world record in the first 100 of her 200. Campbell went 50.91 to become the first woman under 51 seconds and surpass the record of fellow Australian Libby Trickett.

Despite the X next to her name in the results, Australian swimming is still reporting the swim as an officially recognized swim and the world record.

But Campbell’s swim was not the only record of the night, even of that heat. Emma McKeon set an Commonwealth and All Comers record with a 1:51.66. McKeon has had a big weekend, with a second night win in the 50 fly sandwiching medals in the 400 free, 100 fly, 50 free and 100 free. McKeon is now ranked #1 in the world in the 200 freestyle:

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Cameron McEvoy, who last night erased an Ian Thorpe record from the books, got another national record in his 50 freestyle win. McEvoy went 20.75 and is the only swimmer to get under 21 seconds this season. The 21 year old is making James Magnussen‘s comeback increasingly irrelevant from an individual perspective, although Australia should be a favorite in the 4×100 relay should both be at their peak in Rio.

The future of Australian breaststroking is now, as 16 year old Matthew Wilson got his hands on the wall first in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.50). Wilson was a silver medalist at last summer’s World Junior Championships in this event and could possibly make his Olympic debut next summer alongside a good crop of junior breaststrokers worldwide.

Thomas Fraser-Holmes finished his meet off by breaking his own Commonwealth and All Comers record in the 400 IM (3:57.91). Fraser Holmes won the 400 freestyle earlier in the meet and pushed McEvoy hard to his 200 freestyle record.

Mitch Larkin has been the men’s swimmer of the meet, and he came close to securing his second world record in his final race. Larkin swam to 49.04 in the 100 backstroke, just a tenth back from Nick Thoman’s world record. Larkin was certainly out fast enough (23.83), but fell off a little on the third 25. The swim was still good enough for a Commonwealth and All Comers record.

The last night was a breakthrough night for Kenneth To, who after four runner-up finishes finally got his hand on the wall first. To won the 100 IM in 52.38 and moved himself up to second in the world.

Michael Anderson set a world record in the S10 50 backstroke to win the multi-class race, finishing in 26.97 and 1038 points. Anderson broke his own record of 27.32 from 2013.

Two world records were set in the women’s multi-class 50 backstroke. 14 year old Jenny Jones in S10 went 32.75 to win with a whopping 1111 points. Taylor Corry set a world record (S14) in the same race, swimming to 31.07 and 1029.

Other winners on the final night in Sydney:

  • Madeline Groves 200 fly (2:03.08)
  • David Morgan 100 fly (50.14)
  • Georgia Bohl 50 breaststroke (30.03)
  • Ellen Fullerton 200 IM (2:07.26)
  • Emily Seebohm 50 backstroke (26.30 and All Comers Record)
  • Jack McLoughlin 1500 freestyle (14:54.12)
  • Ahmed Kelly 100 breaststroke Multi-Class (1:49.94, 936 points)
  • Tiffany Thomas-Kane 100 breaststroke Multi-Class (1:38.40, 992 points), her third title of the meet


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7 years ago

All ye swimmers and swammers, you can see full replays of Aussie SC Champs on youtube! 🙂


7 years ago

Pardon me if I throw a bucket of cold water on the author’s assertion that Matthew Wilson is a possible Rio Olympian. His performances at this meet HAVE been very creditworthy however whilst he IS close to the FINA A qualifying time; he is still over 1.5sec away from the AUS QT of 2.09.64 in the 200BRS. He has yet to break 1.01 LCM for the 100 so he is a long way from making the cut in that event.

His only hope is that he DOES swim a significant PB at Trials (and well inside the FINA A time) and that the selectors decide to take him “for experience” and as the sole AUS representative in that event.

Chris DeSantis
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7 years ago

16 year olds have a steep improvement curve. Let’s see what happens

7 years ago

Wow, has a 100 world record ever been set en-route to a 200?

Some things are clear, Larkin and Seebohm have discovered the key to backstroke, Cate is showing that she is still the Cambell sister to beat, and Australia, while not looking to good in some events, are obviously seeking redemption from the 2012 Olympics. Next year will be so much fun.

Reply to  Ok
7 years ago

Not sure that Cate has necessarily “reversed things back” with regards to the status between the 2 sisters. Over the past 2 years, Cate has demonstrated that she has the capacity (now also seen with Seebohm and Larkin) to be consistently fast “in season”. As yet, Bronte has yet to quite match big sister in this regard but has been heading that way with consistent international class times “in season” if not at “world leading” level.

As to whether which one has the capacity to deliver the performance that counts when it counts; we’ll have to wait until next year. Sjostrom and, over 50m, Kromowidjojo and Halsall may well spoil any “coronation”.

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