Clyde Lewis, Mitch Larkin & More ‘Blitz’ Solid Times At Home In Australia


  • October 22nd – October 26th
  • Gold Coast (Bond University), Sydney (SOPAC), Adelaide (Marion) and Perth (HBF Stadium)
  • SCM (25m)
  • Results: Meet Mobile – Relay Blitz

As a refresher, the inaugural Aussie blitz took place at various locations from October 22nd through October 26th with times compared virtually. Athletes were drafted onto official teams to contest both traditional events, as well as hybrid races.

For many Australians who withdrew from the International Swimming League (ISL), the event served as a means to get some short course racing underway while watching the competition from Budapest.

Below are the men’s results and you can refresh yourself on the women’s here.

800 Free Relay

The Brisbane Bisons squad of Clyde Lewis, Jack Cartwright, Elijah Winnington and Alex Grant produced the quickest time of the blitz with a result of 6:59.25.

Splits for the foursome included a 1:43.53 lead-off from World Championships finalist Lewis, followed by a 1:47.06 by Cartwright. Winnington kept it up with 1:43.90 before Graham brought it home in 1:44.76.

For 23-year-old Lewis, his 1:43.53 opener checks-in as the 4th fastest time of his career, one which includes a personal best of 1:42.50 from last year as a Cali Condor in the ISL. Before that, he broke through in a major way long course-wise in Gwangju, producing an eye-popping 1:44.90 in the semifinals of the individual men’s 200m free. The Aussie wound up finishing 6th in a time of 1:45.78.

Additional Notable Splits:

  • Matt Wilson (Sydney Sharks) – 1:45.54
  • Thomas Neill (Brisbane Braves) – 1:45.32 lead-off
  • Sam Short (Brisbane Braves) – 1:47.26
  • Thomas Hauck (Gold Coast Rockets) – 1:47.02 lead-off
  • Alex Graham (Gold Coast Rockets) – 1:43.16
  • Thomas Fraser-Holmes (Gold Coast Rockets) – 1:48.74
  • Zac Incerti (West Coast Wizards) – 1:45.80
  • Mitch Larkin (Brisbane Bisons) – 1:48.93

200 Medley Relay

The Sydney Sharks’ squad of Brad Woodward, Matt Wilson, Ed Marks and Will Yang found success in the form of a time of 1:35.31 in this medley relay.

Woodward clocked an opening 24.33 before Wilson took over at 26.54, with Marks next in line at 23.07 before World University Games gold medalist Yang wrapped up in 21.37.

For Yang, he owns a lifetime best of 21.89 in the individual short course 50 free, a mark he logged in 2018.

Additional Notable Splits:

  • Zac Incerti (West Coast Wizards) – 24.15 back
  • Mitch Larkin (Brisbane Bisons) – 24.02 back
  • Jack Cartwright (Brisbane Bisons) – 21.68 free
  • Ashton Brinkworth (West Coast Wizards) – 21.30 free
  • Zac Stubblety-Cook (Brisbane Braves) – 27.35 breast

400 Free Relay

The Brisbane Bisons were back on top in this event, clocking a time of 3:13.77. Lewis opened in 48.81, with Olympic backstroke medalist Mitch Larkin next in line in 48.14. World Junior record holder Elijah Winnington hit 49.88 on the 3rd leg before Taylor Kai ripped a quick 46.94 to seal the deal.

Additional Notable Splits:

  • Thomas Neill (Brisbane Braves) – 48.29
  • Alex Graham (Gold Coast Rockets) – 47.79
  • William Yang (Sydney Sharks) – 47.47

200 Free Relay

Back to the Sydney Sharks for the 200 free relay win in 1:27.88. Splits included the following: Alex Quach 22.19, Josh Hertz 21.93, Andrew Newling 21.72, Josh Collett 22.04.

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3 years ago

Taylor Kai is actually Kai Taylor ( Hayley Lewis’ son). 46 seems very very fast . He’s only 17. Great swimmer.

Last edited 3 years ago by Aussieone
Reply to  Aussieone
3 years ago

Meet mobile says it was Cartwright’s split.

Reply to  Troyy
3 years ago

Thanks Troyy . That makes sense. I couldn’t find it on meet mobile

Last edited 3 years ago by Aussieone
Reply to  Retta Race
3 years ago

Ok thanks Retta

Reply to  Aussieone
3 years ago

Kai Taylor went a 50.00 long course in December last year when he was 16. A 46.9 doesn’t sound absolutely unreasonable considering the improvements that often come at that age

M d e
3 years ago

Matt Wilson 1:45.5 is bonkers. Is there another matt Wilson we don’t know about?

It’s a shame he has focused on Brst so much, he was an amazing imer as an age grouper. Obviously has worked out fine for him though.

Reply to  M d e
3 years ago

And considering he is not even a freestyler that’s a great time from him and it would be great to see him do a 200 im more often he could have a shot at getting on the team for Tokyo next year

3 years ago

Miss you

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