The second session on Saturday morning of the Australian National Team Time Trials in Brisbane cracked off just as well as the first as the Aussies sought a multi-day, multi-round racing experience as a last tuneup for the World Championships that begin in Barcelona in a month.
There will be another full-event list on Saturday at 3PM local time, but the morning results were really impressive.
James Magnussen had the best swim with a 48.12 in the men’s 100 freestyle. He is the fastest in the world this year, but only five swimmers worldwide have been better than he was on Saturday.
None of his race mates were nearly as good as he was; James Roberts was second-best in 49.44.
Cate Campbell, after putting up yet another speedy 100 free on Friday, focused on the 50 on Saturday morning. There, she was a 24.77, followed by her 19-year old younger sister Bronte Campbell in 24.87. That’s not quite as quality as her 100 is, but she may take another stab at the race on Saturday afternoon.
Alicia Coutts began her day with a 26.89 in the 50 fly, and followed that with a solid 2:12.36 in the 200 IM. Coutts doesn’t race nearly as much as you’ll see from most of the top Americans, for example, so it’s hard to really get a great comparison to where that sits as compared to previous seasons, but suffice it to say that a 2:12.3 a month out of Worlds is a good result.
That’s part of why this meet is so valuable, as it’s a month-out racing opportunity that the Australians don’t usually get that should help keep them focused.
Daniel Tranter won the men’s 200 IM in 1:59.57.
Other strong times from the morning session:
- 19-year old Emma McKeon was a 1:58.37 in the 200 free. That’s the fourth time this year that she’s been under her old career-best in the event. She’s due for an explosion in Barcelona, and could be the Australians’ secret weapon in the 800 free relay. She was also a 54.98 in the 100 free.
- Thomas Fraser-Holmes topped the men’s 200 free in 1:49.44, pushed the whole way by Cameron McEvoy (1:49.46).
- Ellen Gandy, who has switched her nationality from British to Australian but is still not yet eligible to compete for her new country, was a 2:09.74 in the 200 fly. With no Jess Schipper, Stephanie Rice, etc., for the time being, this 200 fly has suddenly become very, very open.
- Meagen Nay swam a 2:09.47 in the 200 backstroke.