Sam Short Drops 200 Freestyle On Day 2 Of Aussie World Championships Trials

by Ben Dornan 5

June 13th, 2023 Australia, International, News


Sam Short dropped out of the 200 freestyle during the second day of prelims at the 2023 Australian World Championships Trials. This decision by Short was a surprising drop in the wake of his 400 freestyle victory on day 1 of the meet.

Short swam a 3:43.38 to take gold and crack the Australian Worlds Qualifying Time of 3:46.47 to earn a spot on the team. Short neared his best time in the 400 freestyle, hitting a 3:43.38 compared to his 3:42.46 from earlier in 2023.

Short’s win indicated that he might have some momentum heading into day two. He was the 8th seed in the event, having entered with 1:47.35. Short would have likely been in strong contention for a spot on the team in the 4×200 freestyle. Short might have even fought for a spot on the team in the individual event considering that the top seven sat between 1:45.22 and 1:46.65.

At the 2022 World Championships, Short was a member of Australia’s 4×200 freestyle relay that won silver in the final. Short delivered a 1:46.44 to join Elijah Winnington (1:45.83), Zac Incerti (1:45.51), and Mack Horton (1:45.72). Winnington placed second in the prelims at these 2023 Trials with a 1:47.26, Mack Horton placed 22nd with a 1:51.04, and Zac Incerti is absent from the meet. That means that Winnington is the only man from the silver medal-winning 4×200 freestyle relay who will race in the final during finals.

The top seed out of prelims in the 200 freestyle was seasoned Aussie freestyler Kyle Chalmers (1:46.97), followed by Winnington, Charlie Hawke (1:47.41), Thomas Neill (1:47.69), Alexander Graham (1:47.93), Brendon Smith (1:48.12), Maximillian Giuliani (1:48.17), and Flynn Southam (1:48.26).

Short is still entered to swim the 800 and 1500 freestyle at this meet as the top seed in both. He swam a 7:48.28 in the 800 at last year’s World Championships to place 9th in prelims and posted a 15:10.14 for 14th in the 1500 freestyle.

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8 months ago

He really doesn’t have the speed to be a major factor in the 200 but it may come. And he will always be in the team in case they need him for 4×2 heat duties.

cant kick cant pull
8 months ago

looks like he was doing some 4 beat kick in the 400m last night – keen to see how his races play out. Don’t think he had that in his tool bag when he did the 400 at oly and trials last year

8 months ago

World record for most use of ‘short’ in one article lol

Reply to  Swimguy94
8 months ago

Just wait til Short goes to Short Course Worlds

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Sub13
8 months ago

and falls short of a world record

Last edited 8 months ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee