Cate Campbell Hits #1 100 Freestyle Time In The World This Season


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The 2020 New South Wales Senior State Age Championships are taking place at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center this week, with age groupers mixed in with the nation’s elite. Of note, the Queensland Championships are also taking place, with the vast majority of Olympians and World Championships athletes partaking in that competition, whose individual events get underway tomorrow.

Highlighting the entries here, however, are the Campbell sisters, with both Cate and Bronte Campbell appearing in the pool tonight in the women’s 100m free.

After leading the way with a casual morning prelim outing of 53.55, 28-year-old Cate threw down a massive final time of 52.87 to scorch the field en route to gold. Bronte was the next closest competitor, with the 26-year-old two-time individual world champion hitting 54.03 as the runner-up.

Going back to C1, she opened in 25.41 and closed in 27.46 to log the fastest time in the world this season and just the 2nd sub-53 second result worldwide this season as well. Her 52.87 from tonight overtakes the top rankings slot from China’s Zhang Yufei who had produced a time of 52.90 in September.

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Additional Notes:

  • Former OSU Buckeye swimmer Meg Bailey took the women’s 200m fly tonight in a time of 2:09.92. The 24-year-old logged splits of 1:02.27/1:07.65 to produce the 3rd fastest time of her career. Bailey owns a lifetime best of 2:08.94 from this past March.
  • Breaststroking ace Matt Wilson also made an appearance thus far at these NSW State Age C’ships, winning the men’s 100m breaststroke with ease. Wilson clocked a time of 59.95 to beat the field by well over 3 seconds.

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4 months ago

Is Bronte’s form showing some signs of worry? Has she coming back from injury?

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Robbos
4 months ago

she’s faster than she was at this point in 2018-19.
qld states (dec 18): 55.0
nsw states (mar 19) 53.8
nationals (apr 19) 53.8
trials (jun 19) 52.8
worlds (jul 19) 52.8

Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

Thanks, so I need not worry!!!!

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

53.98 at qld states*, but still right on where she was 2 years ago

Reply to  Robbos
4 months ago

When she was “fully fit”, she was generally quite quick in season albeit not nowhere near the incredible levels of her sister but now its  a matter of nursing her fragile body(particularly shoulders) through to Olympic Trials at minimum, hopefully through to Tokyo although that may only be as a relay swimmer given McKeon’s advance.

4 months ago

Who holds the record for most sub 53s ever? It seems like C1 never fails to get under it ever since 2013.

Last edited 4 months ago by IM FAN
Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  IM FAN
4 months ago

c1. this is her 41st 52. sjostrom has 32 to her name, including a 51.71

Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

Nuoto’s all time lists has 46 (soon 47) sub 53 swims listed for Cate.

Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
4 months ago

That is a frankly absurd number of 52s from both women.

It speaks both to their longevity and in-season speed that they can post that many medal-worthy times. No guy for instance has anywhere near that number of 47s, which would be the rough equivalent.

Just as a way of comparison, Phelps has 15 sub-51 100 flys. His 32nd quickest time is 51.38 and his 41st is 51.60.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Joe
4 months ago

Phelps wasn’t a sprinter though

Reply to  Joe
4 months ago

Now I need to know who has more sub48″ on the men’s side

Reply to  Joe
4 months ago

Certainly very very impressive by both swimmers. However I feel like 47 is just a touch harder to reach on the men’s side than 52 on the women’s. On the men’s side, only Dressel has even touched 46 (since Cielos wr) while the once in a generation women’s talents (C1/Sjo) have reached deeper into 51 (51.71).

Reply to  Dnkwndr
4 months ago

I’m not sure that’s true. Nuoto’s lists have 132 sub-53 swims listed for women and 213 sub 48 swims listed for men.

4 months ago

Interesting to see how Emma and the others go at qld titles this week.

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