Coutts swims her fifth event qualifying first in the 50 butterfly

In her fifth event of the championships Alicia Coutts qualified first for the women’s 50 butterfly semi-final recording a time of 26.47. Coutts has already won the 100 butterfly and the 200 IM, finished second in the 50 backstroke and is going into the 100 freestyle final in the sixth place position.

Marieke D’Cruz qualified second posting a time of 26.67 with Brianna Throssell qualifying in third position finishing in a time of 26.68.

After taking over the top spot in the world in the 100 freestyle last night James Magnussen came back this morning and posted the fastest qualifying time in the men’s 50 freestyle touching in a time of 22.29.

He was followed by Andrew Abood who posted a time of 22.33 with Matt Targett and Matthew Abood who both finished in a time of 22.46.

In the men’s 100 butterfly Christopher Wright posted the fastest time in preliminaries finishing in a time of 52.59 followed by Mitchell Patterson who recorded a time of 53.41. Tommaso D’Orsogna qualified third in a time of 53.42.

In the women’s 200 backstroke Belinda Hocking, who is currently ranked fifth in the world in the event, was the fastest qualifier finishing in a time of 2:10.60. Megan Nay, who is ranked third in the world after posting a 2:08.39 at the BHP Billiton Super Series, qualified just behind Hocking recording a time of 2:10.96.

Hayley White qualified third in a time of 2:11.94.

Katie Goldman was the fastest qualifier in the women’s 800 freestyle finishing in a time of 8:33.03. She was followed by Jessica Ashwood who posted a time of 8:34.16 and Laura Crockart who recorded a time of 8:38.92.

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aswimfan
9 years ago

McEvoy still looks like the smallest of those sprinters. I think he’s as tall as Morozov (McEvoy was listed as 5’11” last year).

Scuba Steve
Reply to  aswimfan
9 years ago

McEvoy was listed as 6’1″ / 185cm in all London 2012 material

Philip Johnson
9 years ago

Oh sorry Raf. Well nonetheless, an impressive time.

9 years ago

50 free Semis

Target 21.92
M. Abood 21.98
A. Abood 22.02
Magnussen 22.06

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
9 years ago

and the 18 year old McEvoy at 22.38 for 5th, simply amazing. Just behind him was another 18-year-old Percy at 22.48.

Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

Amazing.. but not such as his 100 free.. Sedov with 17 went faster already on the russian Trials didn´t he?

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
9 years ago

Raf, I think you have him confused with someone else because he swam a 48.07 in the final for second.

Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

Phillip

What I tried to meant is that his 50 was not as impressive as his 100.. and that Sedov 50 was faster..

Scuba Steve
Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

McEvoy was 22.26 last year when 17 – and his time improved for the 100 (by 0.5) and 200 (by over 1.5). I say 22.05 in the final for him.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
9 years ago

Evgeny Sedov has swum 22.38 in the 50 free and 49.31 in the 100 free.

aswimfan
Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
9 years ago

at the age of 17 (same as Sedov’s current age) last year, McEvoy swam:

50 free: 22.26
100 free: 48.58
200 free: 1:47.79

Sedov is slower in all three distances, especially in the 100 and 200 free.

aswimfan
Reply to  aswimfan
9 years ago

scratch that, I don’t think Sedov even swam 200 free.

The older McEvoy gets, the stronger he is. McEvoy reminds me of Van Der Hoogenband, who swam three distances 50-100-200, and both are very smart swimmers.

aswimfan
9 years ago

Cate Campbell just swam 52.92, the difference this time is that she went out .1 seconds slower.

As I said yesterday, Cate sometimes held back her first 50, maybe thinking she could come back faster, which has never been the case.

Jg
Reply to  aswimfan
9 years ago

Those 3 times from prelims to semis & finals must be the best series ever in history.

Now she has the consistency , Cate & her coach can prepare mentally to unlock her real potential that has been held back by injury & sickness..

Philip Johnson
Reply to  aswimfan
9 years ago

Campbell is representative of those big swimmers who tend to excel in the freestyle stroke. Campbell was a star in the making, but never really got her chance in the last few years due to sickness and injury. Her performances has been great so far, and we may have a new 50 & 100 queen on hand. Kromo take note.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

Missy Franklin could also easily swim under 53 if she trained only for sprint and if she swam only freestyle in the world meets. But she is the best on backstroke. And if one day she wants to be the queen of the 100 free, she will have to give up her other races.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

And Franklin is only 17, so we haven’t seen her best 100 free yet. I think as she adapts to her schedule, she will greatly improve and will be a force in the free and as well as the back.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

Impossible to win a 100 free in a world meet today if you swim a 100 back, a 200 back and a 200 free!!!! I talk about win. The training is so different. And you swim tired against fresh specialists. She will have choices to do.
Why do American girls have no results on sprint? The last American win in a world meet in the 100 free is Jenny Thompson in 1998! The last 4X100 free American relay win is in 2003! And I don’t talk about the 50 free which is now the weakest female event in USA. Dara, come back! As long as the fastest 100 free American girls are backstrokers like Miss Franklin or Miss Coughlin,… Read more »

matthew
Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

BoBo – don’t ever say the word “impossible” in swimming and then go into a rationale. it will only make you look foolish one day, especially when you’re talking about a future “Great” like Franklin.

No disrespect, just sayin’….

swimmer
Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

Bobo- If it helps a little bit, Coughlin has decided to focus on sprint freestyle this year.

aswimfan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

That’s good news for USA 4×100 free. I feel Coughlin can still swim 53low if she focuses only on that event, especially in relay.

Devan
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

Hey BoBo, do you remember a particular man… swam multiple events… and won them all? I believe his name was Michael Phelps. Your seconds comment says it can’t be done. But it can. Nothing is impossible. People said what Michael was trying to achieve was impossible. And look how that turned out.

Reply to  Devan
9 years ago

He did not say you can´t win multiple events.. he said you can´t win the splahs and dashs free when not focusing on them… different story..

aswimfan
Reply to  Devan
9 years ago

I agree with Rafael.

And Phelps never swam 100 free internationally.

Also agree with Bobo. Sprint require specific training.

Fernando
9 years ago

I wonder why Kilye Palmer was not in the 800 m. She was about 3 seconds slower in the 400 m this year, compared to last year. In any case, she did qualify for the 200 m freestyle behind Bronte Barrat.

aswimfan
Reply to  Fernando
9 years ago

I think Kylie Palmer learnt from last year that tackling 800 on top of 200 and 400 didn’t do her any good for her chance to medal in either 200 or 400.

Some swimmers need to do the same *cough* emily seebohm… *cough*

Philip Johnson
Reply to  aswimfan
9 years ago

Aswimfan, regarding Seebohm, are you talking about the 100 back and 200 IM? If so, aren’t those events moderately far apart? Before the 100 back final, Franklin swam a 200 free semi no more than 20 minutes prior. So it can be done.

aswimfan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

For some swimmers (like Franklin, Phelps, and surprisingly to certain extent, Coutts), it can be done and they still win their events.

But not for majority of swimmers if they want to medal.

Last year worked very very well for Seebohm because she only had 100 back to focus on (and 4×100 free) and guess what, she almost broke WR.

No way she’ll beat Shiwen and Coutts in 200 IM, and it would alos be extremely tough to even get bronze, considering Hosszu, Leverenz, etc.

Better to focus on 100 back (and 100 free) a la Coughlin.