Chalmers Rips 1:40.98 SCM 200 Free At Aussie Championships

2022 AUSTRALIAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Wednesday, August 24th – Saturday, August 27th
  • Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Entry List
  • Live Results

Day 1 of the 2022 Australian Short Course Championships began with a bang as Kyle Chalmers ripped the 2nd fastest 200m freestyle time of his career.

After establishing himself as the top-seeded swimmer in the event with a morning swim of 1:42.58, 24-year-old Chalmers of Marion busted out a mighty 1:40.98. That not only took the gold tonight at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center, but it also nearly took down the longstanding Aussie national record in the event.

Cameron McEvoy remains the fastest Aussie ever with a national standard of 1:40.80, a time he put on the books in 2015.

Just .18 off of that record, Chalmers tonight opened in 48.91 and brought it home in 52.07 to beat out two American runners-up in Luke Hobson and Grant HouseHobson hit 1:41.69 for silver while House rounded out the top 3 in 1:42.50.

Hobson’s time checks him in as 5th fastest U.S. performer in history while House now represents the 8th fastest American all-time. Look for an additional post on these performances.

Chalmers’ personal best in this short course 200m free rests at the 1:40.82 he logged at the FINA World Cup stop in Berlin last year. There he split 49.40/51.42.

Chalmers is coming off of a successful Commonwealth Games where he took gold in the 100m freestyle and collected a haul of relay medals. This was after the man underwent additional shoulder surgery to address a nagging injury. He has now had surgery on both shoulders in additional multiple heart-related procedures to address his Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).

 

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Tessa
5 months ago

Kaylee McKeown 1:59.48 200 back. WR watch at the World Championships.

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
5 months ago

Is he going to swim the individual 200 at the WSC? He has a record of pulling out of events to save his energies for the 100. Australia will have a pretty strong 4X200 team even without Winnington and Southam. What is the USA team likely to be? If they send something more than a half strength team I think they’ll win it.

Troyy
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
5 months ago

The selection policy allows for swimmers at Junior Pan Pacs (Southam) to be selected.

Mr. F
5 months ago

There’s a part of me that read the results as “Luke Hobson the Fifth”

PFA
5 months ago

great swim for Chalmers really looks like he going to pop off at SC worlds this year

Last edited 5 months ago by PFA
Alison England
Reply to  PFA
5 months ago

Nearly as fast as Duncan Scott’s British record of 1.40.25!

mcswammerstein
Reply to  Alison England
5 months ago

okay…

Verram
5 months ago

Swimming Australia stuffed it up by having the live results not readily available at the start of the meet and choosing an unknown viewing platform to livestream the event.. whatever happened to the great work done by both Amazon Prime and 7plus and even SwimTv to uplift Australian swimming?

commonwombat
Reply to  Verram
5 months ago

Fair points but, to be fair, SC Nationals has not been streamed in the past and has had negligible profile so there was probably 0 interest from operators like Amazon Prime or 7+. 100% concur regarding live results.

One can only hope that there will be some decent stream in place for SC Worlds.

Last edited 5 months ago by commonwombat
Verram
Reply to  commonwombat
5 months ago

How can we generate interest in SC worlds when the Aussie trials themselves are not being shown except on some random Komunity tv that I’ve never heard of.. I would have been happy with just YouTube or the previous swimtv coverage

commonwombat
Reply to  Verram
5 months ago

Kommunity TV is actually part of NewsCorp launched back in June, so make of it what you will. Ostensibly, its stated aim is the streaming of grass-roots/community sport.

The reality is that no major broadcasting outlet was going to touch SC Nats so this was probably the best offer they could get.

Do I think they’ve made the right choice ? Doubtful but then again I couldn’t be bothered sending 5c in the direction of any Murdoch media vehicle. However, whilst I fully concur with your view regarding the choice of streaming vehicle; I really doubt that quality/availabilty of streaming would be moving many, if any, percentage points of public interest in SC Worlds

Joel
Reply to  commonwombat
5 months ago

I’ve watched sc nationals before on streaming. Can’t remember what platform though. It was in 2017,2018 and 2019.

swimmer
Reply to  Verram
5 months ago

I think they only had a contract with Amazon and that might have ended and either Amazon or SA have decided not to continue it

Obese Legend
5 months ago

Isn’t his PB 1:40.8 something from last year’s World Cup?

swimmer
5 months ago

On the FINA website it says Chalmers went a 1:40.82 at 2021 FINA World Cup

ether_wang
5 months ago

Not true… didn’t he went 1:40:82 at the Fina World Cup last year?

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