Seebohm Eyes Spofforth’s World Record

By starting the year off posting a 58.89 in the 100 backstroke at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series Emily Seebohm grabbed a lot of people’s attention. Now heading into the New South Wales State Open Championships this week in Sydney her coach Matt Brown feels she has what it takes to break Gemma Spofforth‘s world record before the year’s end.

“She’s fitter than she’s ever been, she’s stronger than she’s ever been, and she’s lighter than she was last year,’’ Brown told The Australian.

“In the past she’s dropped about two seconds from January to April, so that would be a bit scary. But I have always said there’s a 57 in her.’’

“The goal is to swim faster than she ever has before,’’ Brown said. “She was half a second faster (than in London) on her turns alone at the world shortcourse (in December) so if you take that off her long-course time, that’s 57.7sec right there.’’

Seebohm has had a lot of success over the last year. She took gold in the 100 backstroke at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships as well as silver in the 200 backstroke at both competitions. Her winning times in the 100 set new games and championship meet records.

Then in Doha she finished second in all three backstroke events, but also set new Commonwealth records in all three events.

Her current lifetime best in the 100 backstroke is a 58.23, which she posted in the prelims at the 2012 Olympics. She currently ranks first in the world in the 50 and 100 backstroke and second in the 200 backstroke.

2014-2015 LCM Women 50 Back

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FU
08/06
27.11
2Etiene
MEDEIROS
BRA27.2608/06
3Emily
SEEBOHM
AUS27.4704/07
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2014-2015 LCM Women 100 Back

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SEEBOHM
08/04
58.26
2Madison
WILSON
AUS58.7508/04
3Katinka
HOSSZU
HUN58.7808/03
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2014-2015 LCM Women 200 Back

EmilyAUS
SEEBOHM
08/08
2.05.81
2Katinka
HOSSZU
HUN2.06.1808/07
3Missy
FRANKLIN
USA2.06.3408/08
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The New South Wales State Championships begins on Thursday. Many of Australia’s top swimmers such as Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Cameron McEvoy, James Magnussen, Bronte Barratt, Mitch Larkin, Mack Horton, David McKeon, Alicia Coutts, Emma McKeon and Taylor McKeown will be competing at the meet.

Live results can be found here.

 

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58,12wr is certainly within seebohms reach. I however doubt she will be able to do it in a high pressure meet like world’s or Olympics.. however she could surprise us come Kazan and rio

commonwombat

Up till last year, I would’ve readily agreed but am not nearly as sure now. Not only was she able to back up at Pan Pacs after CommGames but back up with superior performances. She now also has the confidence factor of victories over Franklin. Granted it was an injured Franklin but neither could it be stated with any degree of certainty that a fit 2014 Franklin would’ve beaten her over 100. Franklin will certainly have to be at the very top of her game if she’s going to win in Kazan.

john26

If you told me right after Seebohm’s 58.23 prelim swims that the record would still stand in 2015, I wouldn’t have believed you. 57.5 is definitely attainable for a swimmer by Rio.

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