2019 NEW ZEALAND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Monday, June 17th – Friday, June 21st
- Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Auckland, NZ
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While competing on night 4 of the 2019 New Zealand Open Championships, 16-year-old Michael Pickett fired off a monster mark in the men’s 50m freestyle. En route to silver tonight in Auckland behind winner Daniel Hunter and his time of 22.27, teen Pickett produced a monster effort of 22.34 to fall just .07 outside of gold, but check-in with a new New Zealand 16 Years Age Record.
Entering these championships, North Shore’s Pickett’s lifetime best sat at the 22.66 he produced at the New Zealand Age Group Championships this past April. Before that, he competed at the Junior Pan Pacs Championships where he collected New Zealand’s only medal, a bronze in the 50m free in his first sub-23 second time ever.
Since turning 16 he has dropped from 23.08 to 22.66 and from age 14 to 15 he dropped from 23.96 to 23.08. His 22.66 already qualified for this summer’s World Junior Championships, but his 22.34 this evening dips under the 22.40 development consideration time spelled out in the New Zealand Selection Policy for the Senior World Championships taking place in Gwangju next month.
With his swim, Pickett now overtakes the top spot in the world rankings this season for 18&U men:
New #1 – 22.34 Pickett, Michael NZL 2019 New Zealand Open Championships
2 22.45 Selin, Artem RUS 37. Internationales Hi-Point Meeting Zurich SUI 03/03/2019
3 22.69 Liendo, Joshua CAN 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials Toronto 04/07/2019
4 22.78 Curtiss, David USA 2019 Mel Zajac Jr International Vancouver CAN 05/24/2019
5 22.86 Burdisso, Federico ITA 2019 Geneva International Geneva SUI 01/20/2019
For additional perspective, Pickett’s time would check-in as the 2nd fastest American 15-16-year-old ever behind Michael Andrew, faster than American Caeleb Dressel was at his age.
|22.33||Michael Andrew||SI||RPC||2016 ST Arena Pro Swim at Austin||1/16/2016||Austin|
|22.39||Caeleb Dressel||FL||BSS||2013 Speedo Junior National||8/5/2013||Irvine|
|22.52||Adam Chaney||OH||RAYS||2018 Summer Nationals||7/29/2018||Irvine|
|22.56||Brian Hess||ME||LRSC||7/21/2016||Saint John|
|22.64||David Curtiss||NJ||UN||2018 PV AP LC Y Nationals||8/2/2018||College Park|
Pickett is another exciting product of St. Peters Western in Australia under the guidance of Assistant Head Coach John Gatfield. St. Peters Western is also home to such elite talent as Ariarne Titmus, Mitch Larkin, and Jack Cartwright.