Kaylee McKeown Takes Down Seebohm’s LCM 100 Back Aussie Record

2020 QUEENSLAND MEDAL SHOTS

  • Friday, November 13th – Sunday, November 15th
  • Brisbane Aquatic Center, QLD, AUS
  • LCM (50m)
  • Live Results

Competing on day 2 of the 2020 Queensland Medal Shots Long Course Preparation Meet, 19-year-old Kaylee McKeown fired off a new Australian national record in the women’s 100m backstroke.

Today in Brisbane,  the USC Spartan entered entirely new territory with a super speedy 58.11. That time overtook Emily Seebohm‘s long-standing national record of 58.23 she put on the books in the heat of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She wound up taking silver to American Missy Franklin in 58.68.

As for McKeown, her fastest 100m back entering this Medal Shots meet was represented by the 58.52 she posted in January of this year. As such, her 58.11 here knocked .41 off of that previous PB to write her name into the history books as the fastest Australian female of all-time.

Splits for McKeown’s monster 58.11 included 28.70/29.41 to give her the new record. Her time would have taken the gold at last year’s World Championships, crushing Kylie Masse‘s 58.60 in Gwangju.

She now rockets herself up the list of all-time performers to become #4 only behind WR holder Regan Smith, Kathleen Baker, both of U.S. and Kylie Masse of Canada.

Top Women’s LCM 100 Backstroke Performers All-Time

  1. Regan Smith (USA), 57.57  2019
  2. Kathleen Baker (USA), 58.00 2018
  3. Kylie Masse (CAN), 58.10 2017
  4. Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 58.11 2020

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swimfan210_
2 years ago

Wow. This has been one of the fastest, most packed weekends in swimming. Backstrokers really catching fire 👀

Gheko
2 years ago

2.04.49 200m today

Joel
Reply to  Gheko
2 years ago

is that the third fastest time ever ?

Joel
Reply to  Joel
2 years ago

Brilliant. Thanks . Really hoping Tokyo 2021 goes ahead

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 years ago

Awesome time! I was interested to see the times in other events but when I clicked the Results link I only got the junior events. When I went to the Queensland Swimming site I couldn’t find the results anywhere. I have to say the sites of all the Australian swimming bodies all have the same design and are pretty poor.

Corn Pop
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 years ago

QLD Swimming》Events Calendar》LC Prep Nov13 》 Live results 》 click .

Corn Pop
Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

Nope that event now data logged out . It’s only a time trials .

Troyy
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 years ago

Were you watching live? Cos I don’t see the live results yet.

Troyy
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

I wish SQ would post videos somewhere but then I guess they want people to pay for the stream.

Joel
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Speedo australia instagram stories has a tiny bit of the race. So happy for her.

NJones
2 years ago

Amazing… Bit of a medley relay game changer as well. Who’s the Aussies best Breaststroker? If they can just stay ‘close’ to the US after the back/brst legs…

Tokyo
Reply to  NJones
2 years ago

Hansen

M D E
Reply to  Tokyo
2 years ago

There is some young swimmers I’ve seen who I think really have a lot of talent and have been out of racing for a while, so it is hard to guess where they are at. And women’s breaststroke has a history of girls coming out of nowhere and doing really well.

Probably going to need someone in the 1:04-high range to keep in the mix though with Curzan and Manuel bringing it home (and that is assuming McKeown, McKeon and Campbell are perfect) which doesn’t seem particularly likely.

NJones
Reply to  M D E
2 years ago

Agreed not likely. I just wish to see the Aussies and Canadians ‘make it interesting’ by being in the mix after back/brst instead of shows over after Smith/King. Kelsey Wogs brst improvement hopefully does just that in what was Canada’s weak leg. To see MacNeil + Ruck/Oleksiak and McKean+Campbell put pressure on Dalia/Curzon +Manuel will be fun.

ihate myself
2 years ago

This is actually really scary. The 100m back and the 200m breastroke are gaining more depth with each meet hosted. I am looking forward to the 100m back at trials and at Tokyo.

MX4x50relay
2 years ago

Just realized Regan could have won that in gwangju by over a second. I can blame the us qualification system now

Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

Congratulations Kaylee. The teens keep on coming!

Dee
2 years ago

Smith may have a challenger here – This is bloody impressive.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

She also did a 4.10.6 400 shows she is not a ‘ fragile ‘ backstroker. Girls got endurance .

Dee
Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

She did a 400IM at Worlds a while back. The girl is tough as old boots – Nothing fragile about her at all.

Troyy
Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

That 400 was a PB and 1s negative split and was before her 100 back in the schedule.

Matt Brown
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Her 2nd 50 was the fastest 2nd 50 in history pretty sure… awesome control

Dee
Reply to  Matt Brown
2 years ago

Ties Gemma Spoffort I think – She was back in 29.41 when she set her WR suited

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