NSW Finals: 21.88 For McEvoy, 48.58 For Chalmers, 1:55.98 For Coleman


18-year-old Kyle Chalmers is apparently feeling a tad better from his respiratory infection, blasting the 3rd best 50m freestyle mark of his career. Although he fired off a speedy 22.23 tonight in Sydney, it rendered a silver medal, as Bond swimmer Cameron McEvoy was in a league of his own tonight. Stopping the clock at 21.88, McEvoy shot off the world’s 2nd 21-point time of the season, sitting only behind Dutchman Jesse Puts’ 21.82 from December.

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McEvoy’s reaction time alone put him well ahead of Chalmers as far as splash n’ dash specs go, with the former notching a reaction time of .59 to Chalmers’ .73. Later in the meet, McEvoy scorched a split of 47.93 to help edge Bond to victory in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Chalmers led off Marion in a swift mark of 48.58, clocking the world’s 3rd fastest 100m freestyle this season. That’s especially impressive given Chalmers status of being ill.

Another finals session brought another win for Russia’s Yulia Efimova. The 24-year-old two-time silver medalist in Rio already nabbed victories in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events and she successfully wrapped up the trifecta tonight with a speedy 30.61 outing in the 50m distance. Efimova was the only sub-31-second swimmer on the night, with the next closest competitor, Aussie Georgia Bohl settling for silver in 31.22. For Efimova, her time now ranks on top of the world this season.

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18-year-old Matthew Wilson continued a red-hot meet, securing his 3rd breaststroke win by taking the men’s 200m tonight. His time of 2:10.67 ranks as the 2nd fastest of his young career, only bested by the 2:09.65 he threw down at the Vic Open this past January. Splitting 1:02.54/1:08.13, Wilson is well on his way to potentially securing a spot on the green and gold roster for Budapest, provided his upward trajectory holds.

Michelle Coleman of Sweden has quietly made her presence known in Sydney, finishing 2nd in the 100m backstroke (1:01.07) and 4th in the 50m freestyle (25.06) earlier this meet. However, the 23-year-old chose her specialty event, the women’s 200m freestyle, to set off the fireworks, stopping the clock at an impressive 1:55.98. That ranks as the Swede’s 2nd best time ever, just .10 off of her personal best of 1:55.88 from Rome last year. Splits for Coleman included 27.28/29.56 (56.84), 29.59/29.55 (59.14)

With her performance today, Coleman easily steps into the top-ranked time worldwide, with the next closest time this season coming from Italy’s Federica Pellegrini and her 1:56.04 from December. Pellegrini notched a 1:56.07 in Indianapolis over the weekend as well.

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Additional Winners:

  • Korea’s Sehyeon An nabbed the win in the women’s 200m butterfly in 2:10.57.
  • 2016 Olympian David Morgan owned the men’s 100m fly in 53.28.
  • St. Peters Western athletes Abbey Harkin won the women’s 200m IM in 2:13.78.
  • Tomoya Takeuchi of Japan nabbed the victory in the 400m IM in 4:18.52.
  • Double world champion Emily Seebohm scored her 3rd backstroke win of the meet, taking the 50m in 27.72.
  • Mack Horton collected his 2nd win, doubling up on his earlier 400m free gold with another victory tonight in the men’s 1500m freestyle (15:13.98).

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Cate Campbell swam faster(1:58.21) than any American or Canadian girls at 200 freestyle this season 🙂
Take it easy Cate. If you are out, then you are out. Don’t mess around by improving your personal best by 5 seconds. 🙂 🙂


Yeah but the USA’s best 200 freestylers haven’t even completed LCM yet this season


You are right and hswimmer is right. I just was glad for Cate Campbell showing such time completely unexpected for super sprinter who once said that one extra meter at 100 race would kill her. I was glad for the person who didn’t have enough stamina to complete successfully Olympic race. BTW her time maybe enough for American swimmers at Nationals to get on 800 relay.
I’m just wondering if “smiling face” icon means anything to you. It is a nice sunny Sunday morning in my place and I was in the mood to joke a little bit. Take it easy.


Exactly – the Us will come in due time for the LC serious times .


Don’t get sassy, wait until Katie is in Mesa!! Simone and others as well.


If only the Americans had a top level meet like this on March…


I could tell this is sarcasm, in a good way to praise C1.


A sarcastic phrase suggests some negative connotation. There was none of such in my comment. As you said, praising Cate Campbell with indeed interesting result and some friendly teasing.
It is a general problem of anonymous forums: it is safer to be aggressive and it is easy to get offended. Polite person looks like an idiot in such environment 🙂

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Sorry. We’re not in LCM season yet. Most swimmers last LCM meet was the Olympics.


I saw it as interesting as C1 usually only enters 200FR for two purposes:

– a warm-down swim
– as a 100FR time-trial followed by a leisurely warm-down for the 2nd 100

Her 2,min flat heat swim, in itself, was probably a PB and had me thinking …. a 100 T/T tonight but 1.58.2 is starting to potentially land her in 4×200 calculations, especially given the turn-over in this AUS relay post Rio. Probably not for Budapest given her declared non-availability but perhaps in future should she continue post 2018.


Is it a “Swedish” style to approach 200m freestyle as long distance race?
Great times but look at splits for the second, third and fourth 50:
Sarah Sjostrom (Rio) – 29.02 – 29.09 – 29.13
Michelle Coleman – 29.56 -29.59 – 29.55
Are these girls getting any emotions during this race: excitement (start, finish like Franklin, McKeon, Pellegrini, Ledecky), dead tiredness at the end?


Michele Coleman along with several other Swedish top swimmers have been training in Australia for the past Olympics cycle.

And by the way, your assertion about Pellegrini is incorrect. With the way she has been swimming 200 free, she’s probably among the least tired swimmer at the end of the 200 free.

And Cate ALWAYS swim fast no matter what with the exception of that Rio meltdown. I have frankly never seen easy sprint speed as great as Cate’s among women sprinters.


You just repeated exactly what i meant but in better English. Pellegrini’s finish as well as Ledecky’s one are always very exciting. Cate’s 1:58 at 200 is very impressive. No jokes. Especially if to consider that it was done as part of training process or just for fun.


Australian swimmers tend to be fast all the time, very little difference between in-season and championship times. In fact sometimes they are slower at the champs. Does this increase the strain on their bodies? Increase chance of injury?


You need to understand that world’s major swimming championships almost always fall during the dead winter for Australians. The only exception was 2007 world Champs where the Aussies especially the ladies did very very well. The men at that time just lacked talent.


Whilst this may’ve been the case in the past, until this meet there really has not been a single shot fired in anger over this current AUS season (our summer/your winter). Maybe due to a post Olympics break for some, indecision to continue for others and/or possible changes in strategy by others ……. or a mix of all of the above.

This may be the last, or at most 2nd last, year of an AUS summer season with the AUS LCM competition season being switched to autumn/winter with Nationals much closer to the peak intl event …..so expect some changes to usual patterns, at least from 2019 onwards

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