Chalmers Seals The Deal In 200 Free At South Australian LC C’ships


  • Wednesday, January 18th – Sunday, January 22nd
  • SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Wednesday – Saturday, Prelims at 9am local/Finals at 6pm local
  • Sunday – Relays Only Session at 12:45pm local
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  • Meet Preview
  • Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap /Day 3 Recap
  • Results – 2017 SA LC Championships in Meet Mobile

The final day of individual events in Adelaide brought Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers two additional titles. After already having won the men’s 400m free, 100m free and 100m butterfly open events at the 2017 South Australian LC State Championships, the 18-year-old nabbed the 200m freestyle race title today in 1:49.22. Although the mark is outside of the world’s top 5, Chalmers achieved the sub-1:50 mark early in the season against a field that finished almost 10 solid seconds behind the Marion Swimming Club athlete.

Chalmers has proven he is fully capable of becoming Australia’s next 100m/200m man, as he threw down two sub-1:48 long course times last year leading up to the Olympic Games. His personal best of 1:47.23 from March 2016 sits just .13 of a second off of the World Junior Record held by USA’s Maxime Rooney and he managed to throw down a nasty 1:42.67 short course to claim the gold at last year’s FINA World Cup Singapore.

Keeping to his sprinting roots tonight, the Adelaide native also claimed the 50m butterfly victory in the finals session, registering the field’s only sub-25-second outings. 24.67 got the job done for Chalmers in the event, hitting a time within his own top 10 personal bests.

Tomorrow’s final day of the meet entails a relay-only day for the swimmers. Through day 4, the combined team standings at the top are as follows:

1. Marion 3737.5
2. Norwood 3263.5

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Solid meet for Chalmers. Predictions for worlds (or just by the end of this season):
100 free – 47.3 if he really works the front half, otherwise 47.5.
200 free – 1:46.5 would be a very good start for him in this event, but he could very well be much faster than that


They finished nearly ten seconds behind a 1:49? I don’t even think USA needs to train


AUS State titles tend to be variable in standard. You will see strong fields at QLD, NSW & (to a degree) VIC but the top swimmers rarely make the cross-country trip to WA & there are only a handful (at best) of SA swimmers capable of making Natl finals


My favourite pool in the whole country is in Adelaide .However it is so hot in summer that demand by the public does not allow for many squad lanes . I imagine this to be similar across the city & even more in the outback . Its accepting the environment .Swimming is for keeping self safe in the hidden waterways & billabongs & the few rivers & of course The Great Australian Bight with the sharks & tuna & whales. Useful for falli g out of tge kayak on the magnicent Glenelg River stretch with its dedicated kayak camping sites. On the upside , if you are a very average , even less than average competive swimmer , I found… Read more »


Be fair .It is South Australia where only a few decades ago , nomadic indigenous were still wandering around the desert , never having seen a white person .

But they are famous for their wine & now an Olympic 100mtr champ . I kinda like that eclectic mix . What has your state got going for it ? J am very keen on diversity of regions .

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Loretta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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