Oceania Report, Day 1, Campbell Leads Off In Australian Record, Shows Leadership to Devastated Coutts


During prelims, Australia advanced four swimmers into finals. Jordan Harrison finished third in the men’s 400m freestyle and Kylie Palmer was fifth in the woman’s 400m freestyle. The women’s 4x100m freestyle relay qualified second and the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay qualified fourth.

At finals, Cate Campbell stole the show breaking Lisbeth Trickett‘s 100m freestyle Australian record of 52.62 on the lead off leg of the 4x100m freestyle relay with her time of 52.33. The women’s relay consisting of Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon, and Alicia Coutts earned them a silver medal, finishing only .12 seconds behind the United States. Their time of 3:32.43 broke the previous Australian record of 3:33.01 set at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. Cate Campbell not only was apart of two record breaking swims, she showed incredible leadership to Alicia Coutts, who was devastated after being touched out at the finish, during her post race interview. Campbell’s 100 freestyle and the relay both broke the Oceanic records as well.

Jordan Harrison tied for a sixth place finish in the men’s 400m freestyle at 3:48.40. Kylie Palmer finished eighth in the women’s 400 at 4:08.13.

Alicia Coutts made it through the prelims and finished third in the semi-finals of the women’s 100 butterfly with her time of 57.49. Brittany Elmslie also qualified for semi-finals but failed to make it into finals. She finished 10th with her time of 58.56.

Coutts and Emily Seebohm both will advance to finals in the women’s 200 IM after finishing second and sixth in the semi-finals with a 2:10.06 and 2:10.70, respectively.

Matthew Targett qualified for the semi-final of the men’s 50 butterfly but was unable to make it into finals, finishing 13th with a 23.29. Christopher Wright was 24th in prelims with a 24.01.

Christian Sprenger will advance to the finals in the men’s 100 breaststroke as the top seed after swimming a 59.23 in the semi-finals. Rickard Brenton went a 1:00.52 in prelims and missed the semi-final by .08.

Australia sits in 4th in the medal count.

New Zealand: 

Coming out of prelims, Lauren Boyle of finished fourth in the 400m freestyle, qualifying for finals. At finals, she finished third, earning a bronze medal with her time of 4:03.89.

In the women’s 100 butterfly, Sophia Batchelor finished 23rd with her time of 59.46.

Matthew Stanley finished 10th in the men’s 400 freestyle with a 3:48.25.

In the men’s 100 breaststroke, Glenn Snyders made it into the semi-finals but finished 13th in the semi-finals with his time of 1:00.22, missing finals by .3 seconds.

New Zealand sits in ninth in the medal count.

Fiji Islands:

The Fiji Islands had three swims today, two of which were faster than their entry time.

Special thanks to Christer Magnusson of SCMSOM.SE for finding all of the records!

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10 years ago

Only two Oceania records are not held by Australian; both by Kiwis.

Lauren Boyle in the 800 free.
Ross Burmester in the 200 fly.

10 years ago

Mentioning Oceania record is pretty useless.

I can’t think a single Oceania record which is not Australian record.

For Australians, commonwealth records are of much better value, because it shows their supremacy over Britain.

10 years ago

Is there somewhere online I can see the post race interview with the Australians? If it’s as described, I’d like to show the kids I coach an example a picking your teammates up after a disappointment.

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10 years ago

Why not just face facts – it was not good enough & look for the reasons . In this instance

-2/4 failed to translate their trial times .2/4 bettered significantly so about even Stevens.

– they are missing a qualified & important member because her programme went overboard in the physical conditioning. Truck tyres are meant for driving trucks not throwing in the air. What goes for rugby players does not mean female swimmers.

– Brittany Elmslie did not qualify for the 100 fly yet there she was entered at the expense of her 100 free for the relay which she did qualify. Had she concentrated on that Coutts would not have been dragged in.

I would tell… Read more »

10 years ago

Aussie media is reporting that Emily Seebholm will scratch the 200 IM final in order to better prepare for the 100 back.


If it’s accurate, lucky loser Siobhan-Marie O’Connor will move into tomorrow’s final.

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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