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.
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.
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!