McKeown Blasts 2:05.55 200 Back Prelim At Sydney Open

2021 SYDNEY OPEN

While competing on day 1 of the 2021 Sydney Open in her native Australia, 19-year-old Kaylee McKeown casually put up the 11th fastest 200m backstroke performance of all-time.

Racing in the evening prelims of this 4-day meet, McKeown of USC Spartans fired off a big-time result of 2:05.55, claiming lane 4 by well over 7 seconds.

Opening in 1:01.43 and closing in 1:04.12, McKeown’s sub-2:06 effort here is already just a second off of her world-leading 2:04.46 from last November. That lifetime best not only checked in as the new Australian record, but it also rendered the Aussie teen as the world’s 3rdf fastest performer all-time.

McKeown still has the final yet to go here in Sydney, with those taking place in the morning to mimic the timing of nighttime prelims and AM finals that will be at this summer’s Olympic Games.

Additional Notes:

  • Freestyle ace Jack McLoughlin got it done for the top spot in the men’s 400m free in 3:51.45, holding a slight advantage over UWSC’s Zac Incerti‘s 3:51.57.
  • Olympic medalist Emma McKeon topped the women’s 50m fly field in 26.21, with 3 women getting under 27 in the prelim.
  • The men’s 200 fly saw Nic Brown churn out a night swim of 1:59.33, giving him the pole position ahead of Bowen Gough (1:59.89) and Matthew Temple (1:59.93), the only other sub-2:00 swimmers of the field.
  • Chelse Hodges put up a strong swim in the women’s 100m breaststroke, stopping the clock in 1:06.76. That sliced .16 off of her previous season-best of 1:06.92 from the Queensland Championships last December.
  • Matt Wilson turned in a 50m breast prelim swim of 27.85 to lead the field.
  • Cate Campbell scorched a 100m free time of 53.15 to claim lane 4 just .18 ahead of McKeon who doubled up on the 50m fly with a 100m free outing of 53.33. Madi Wilson of Marion also produced a mark under 54 seconds in the prelim, rounding out the top 3 in 53.51.
  • 30-year-old James Roberts of Somerset posted 49.64 to lead the men’s 100m free field, while Incerti was next in 49.71. New Zealand’s Michael Pickett hit 49.77 while Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers is in the mix with a night prelim result of 49.90.
  • The women’s 400m IM saw Hunter’s Meg Bailey post 4:43.13, while kiwi Andrew Jeffcoat leads the men’s 50m back in 25.21.

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John
1 month ago

It seems like 2:05-2:06 is almost routine now for Kaylee. I’m really excited to see what her time gets to come Tokyo.

Last edited 1 month ago by John
Yozhik
1 month ago

It would be nice if reporter provides splits for results that deserve attention. Not everybody has access to the Meet Mobil. Or that is too much to ask swimswam for?

Yozhik
1 month ago

McKeown has 6 of 20 best ever performances. Regan Smith – 2. But they are two the bests. Hard to say where to put money on. Consistency of high performances against two outstanding results shown in one meet.

Last edited 1 month ago by Yozhik
Swimfan
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

Emily seebohm was the queen of consistently In the 100 between 2012-2018 and she has yet to win an individual Olympic gold

Yozhik
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

Her lost to Franklin in final was a surprise. She couldn’t even handle it after the race breaking into tears. That proves one thing only: Olympic competition is a race first of all and everything can happen during it. It’s kind of a lottery. Seebohm was slower in final than in semi-final.

Anon
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

She was slower in the final than she was in the heats iirc which remains her PB?

Swimfan
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

How many times did seebolm end up swimming under 58.33 during her career??? I’m curious

Guest
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

Once

Guest
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

Twice

Robbos
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

I think you will fine, she bottled it in 2012 & got Silver & was sick in 2016 & finished outside the medals.

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