2016 HANCOCK PROSPECTING AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS)
- Thursday April 7th-Thursday April 14th
- SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre – Adelaide
- Prelims – 11 am local (9:30 pm EDT previous evening); Finals – 7:45 pm local (6:15 am EDT)
- Australian Olympic Qualifying Criteria
- Psych Sheets
- Program of Events
- Live stream
- Live results
Thomas Fraser-Holmes is having the meet of his life while competing at the 2016 Australian National Championships, the competition which serves as the nation’s Olympic Trials.
Through 5 days of competition, Fraser-Holmes has already successfully added his name to the Aussie Rio roster in 3 events, giving the 24-year-old Miami Swimming Club athlete reason, at least in his mind, to relinquish his spot in the men’s 200m IM final scheduled for tonight.
‘THF’ kicked off the Trials meet with a victory in the men’s 400m IM event on the very first night, stopping the clock and earning the gold in a time of 4:11.09. Then the swimmer earned a tie for gold in the men’s 200m freestyle event, touching the wall in the same time as teammate Cameron McEvoy (1:45.63) to earn an individual berth, as well as a spot on the men’s 800m freestyle relay.
Headed into Tuesday’s finals, TFH was situated as the top seed in a mark of 1:57.92 in the 200m IM, Aussie sources are reporting that Fraser-Holmes will be scratching out of the event. According to social media, he will be opting out of the 200m IM final to give the racing opportunity to another Aussie swimmer, saying he doesn’t want to “take away someone else’s dream.”
— Nicole Jeffery (@nicolejeffery) April 12, 2016
Fraser-Holmes’ absence from the final bumps 9th-place finisher James Traiforos into the final. Traiforos, who is just 19 years old, earned a semi-final time of 2:02.96. He swims for Trinity Grammar, the same club at which Kenneth To trains, although To had previously scratched the 200 IM semi to instead focus on the 100m freestyle.