Chalmers Opts Out Of 50 Free Final While McKeown Clocks PB In The Event


The 2020 South Australian State Championships came to a close tonight at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, with 21-year-old Kyle Chalmers wrapping up his 20th+ swim of the 6-day meet.

After already stepping onto the blocks for events ranging from his bread-and-butter 100m and 200m freetsyles to the 200m fly, Chalmers capped off his campaign with a morning 50m free splash.

Touching in a time of 22.51, Chalmers claimed the top seed of the men’s field but opted out of contesting the final this evening. In his absence, flymeister David Morgan took the state title in a time of 23.40, just .02 ahead of Grayson Bell.

The women’s 50m free for the 17-18 age group saw standout Queenslander Kaylee McKeown add another piece of hardware to her South Aussie States collection. The 18-year-old fired off a time of 25.81 to represent the only swimmer to dip under the 26-second threshold.

In fact, McKeown’s outing represents her first time ever under 26 seconds, crushing her previous personal best of 26.26 clocked at a 2018 Queensland meet.

This swim is simply par for the course here for McKeown, however, as the World Championships silver medalist established lifetime bests and world-leading 100m and 200m backstroke efforts of 58.52 and 2:05.83 earlier in the meet.

Jake Packard got under the minute mark to take the men’s 100m breaststroke, registering a time of 59.89. Splitting 27.84/32.05, Packard scored his fastest time ever performed at a non-championships meet.

He holds a PB of 59.20 from the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships where he took silver, although his previous fastest in-season mark was represented by the 59.90 set at the FINA World Cup in Doha last year.

Additional Notes:

  • Chalmers was entered in the men’s 200m IM but wound up not swimming the event. Nunawading’s Brendon Smith reaped the win in a time of 2:03.82, the 5th fastest time of the 19-year-old’s career.
  • The women’s 100m fly saw USC Spartan Mikkayla Sheridan get it done for gold, with the 24-year-old stopping the clock in 1:00.00.
  • Jess Hansen found success in the women’s 200m breast with a time of 2:29.16.
  • Freestyle ace Kiah Melverton touched in 8:26.90 to clear the women’s 800m free field with ease. This marks the 6th fastest time of the 22-year-old’s career.

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3 years ago

He should of swum fly to make the 50 free a contest as he was 23.48 in the fly and the 50 free winner went 23.40

Reply to  Gheko
3 years ago

yeah not sure why he would opt out of the finals.. must have had something more important than SA Championships that day … hopefully more swimmers would have break out swims later this year in time for Tokyo

Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

I’m just hoping the team can do at least decently well at Tokyo so Australia can stop being the butt of choking jokes. 😕

Reply to  BairnOwl
3 years ago

So anything less than Olympic gold is considered choking in your opinion right??

Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

Lol, of course not. But underperforming would be.

Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

He went to Sydney after the heats finished

3 years ago

Curious to see if Chalmers has improved his speed and can break the 22 second barrier in the 50 free, but I guess we won’t find out just yet.

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