2017 VICTORIAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, January 20th – Sunday, January 22nd
- Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Center (MSAC)
- Prelims at 9am local/Finals at 6pm local
- Meet Information
- Psych Sheet
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap
- Live Results
2016 Olympian Emma McKeon added to her Vic Open medal haul, winning an event she has only swum four times before. Racing in the women’s 200m butterfly in Melbourne tonight, 22-year-old McKeon rocked a time of 2:09.33, the only sub-2:10 mark of the field. That outing ranks as her 2nd fastest performance in her limited run in the event, with last year’s 2:07.83 representing her fastest. McKeon is situated as the 9th swiftest in the world thus far this season. Tonight’s win also brings McKeon’s total haul to 5 golds at the meet, setting the St. Peters Western swimmer up nicely for March’s NSW State Championships, should she choose to compete there a 2nd consecutive year.
Denying McKeon a 6th gold at the Vic Open was Olympic teammate Madison Wilson, who clinched her 3rd win of the meet tonight. Having already earned victories in the women’s 100m and 200m backstroke races, Wilson managed to churn out a win in the 200m freestyle event, topping the field in 1:58.76. That result checks in as the 22-year-old’s 2nd fastest time of her young career, sitting .31 behind what she produced last year at the Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara. McKeon had to settle for silver tonight, registering a modest 1:59.84.
Two other head-turning races came in the form of a sisterly showdown in the women’s 200m IM event. 21-year-old Taylor McKeown, an Olympic finalist at the 2016 Rio Games in the women’s 200m breaststroke, wasn’t able to stop her determined sister, Kaylee McKeown in tonight’s 200m IM final. Taylor clocked the faster prelim time of 2:19.80 to Kaylee’s 2:24.29, but the younger sister turned the jets on full blast tonight, earning a monster time of 2:14.82. That ranks as the fastest time of young Kaylee’s career, easily surpassing her previous personal record of 2:17.39 from just this past December. The outing also sits just tenths off of the Australian National Record for 15-year-olds, so look for that mark to fall in the near future if Kaylee can keep it up. Taylor wound up with silver in 2:15.37.
18-year-old Matthew Wilson was the other stunner tonight in Melbourne, as the teen threw down a super quick 200m breaststroke time of 2:09.65. Spitting 1:02.49/1:07.16, Wilson now sits as the world’s 2nd fastest in the event this year, with only Japan’s Ippei Watanabe having been faster (2:08.89). Impressively, tonight’s result represents the fastest of Wilson’s career and marks just the 2nd time the SOPAC swimmer has dipped beneath the 2:10-second threshold. Considering Australia was without a male 200m breaststroker in Rio last summer, all eyes will be on this young man to see if he can help pave the way to Tokyo 2020.