Shayna Jack Beats Titmus, O’Callaghan En Route To Lifetime Best

2022 NEW SOUTH WALES STATE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Big-time talent was in the water on day one of the 2022 New South Wales State Open Championships, with Olympic gold medalists Ariarne Titmus, Kaylee McKeown and Elijah Winnington among them.

For multi-faceted talent McKeown, the 21-year-old already got off to a flying start this calendar year, busting out a monster 2:04.64 in the 200m backstroke at last month’s Victorian Open.

The Griffith swimmer took on the same event here in Sydney, producing another stellar time of 2:05.85. Beautifully splitting 1:02.62/1:03.23, McKeown beat the field by over 5 seconds, with the next closest competitor,17-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan, posting a time of 2:10.91 as the runner-up.

For McKeown, her 2:05.85 tonight checks in as the Tokyo gold medalists’ 11th fastest performance of her young career.

As for Titmus, the reigning 400m freestyle gold medalist raced the much shorter 100m free to kick off her campaign here. The Dean Boxall-trained star fell short of the podium, however, placing 4th with a mark of 54.53.

Reaping gold was Shayna Jack, also of St. Peters Western and training under Boxall. Jack ripped a winning effort of 53.13 to defeat the aforementioned runner-up tonight O’Callaghan, as well as two-time Olympian Madi Wilson. O’Callaghan clocked 53.67 while Wilson was only .01 behind in 53.68.

Jack’s outing here represents a new lifetime best, shaving .05 off her previous PB of 53.18 she registered back in 2019 before she tested positive for Ligandrol and was forced out of that year’s World Championships. She has just returned to racing last December and has been racking up the meters, including at the Queensland Championships where she neared her career-quickest in the sprint freestyle events.

Splits for Jack’s performance tonight included 25.69/27.44 to top the podium and put her hat in the ring for someone to beat for 2022 Budapest World Championships roster spots in this event, as well as relays. Jack remains as Australia’s 8th fastest woman all-time in this 100m free.

Additional Winners:

  • St. Peters Western’s Elijah Winnington clocked 3:47.05 to take the men’s 400m free in the only sub-3:50 time of the field. He led a trio of Olympians in Brendon Smith and Mack Horton who touched in 3:50.56 and 3:52.81, respectively.
  • USC Spartan Brianna Throssell got it done for gold in the women’s 50m fly, earning the win in 26.24, while Bowen Gough earned the 200m fly win for the men in 1:57.70.
  • The women’s 100m breast saw Chelsea Hodges get to the wall first in 1:07.23, while Joshua Yong clipped Matt Wilson for the 50m breast win. Yong touched in 27.89 to Wilson’s 28.18.
  • The men’s 100m free was on the sluggish side, with no one getting under 49 seconds. Marions’ Zac Incerti was the quickest in 49.52 while Matt Temple was next in 49.87.
  • Jenna Forrester logged the 4th fastest 400m IM outing of her career, registering 4:41.81 for the victory here tonight.
  • Mitch Larkin was the fastest 50m backstroke, logging 25.48 for the gold.

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Troyy
10 months ago

Titmus 4:00.03 in the 400 and the move to St Peters seems to be working for Melverton with a new PB 4:03.43.

Joel
Reply to  Troyy
10 months ago

58.35 for Kaylee. 59.97 for Mollie

Sub13
Reply to  Troyy
10 months ago

ZSC better than Tokyo in the 100 and .3 off his PB. Jack slightly slower in the 50 free but would have ranked her 15th in the world in 2021. Not a bad effort.

Gheko
10 months ago

Bit harsh on the Mens 100m free, both boys are around where Caeleb is at the moment.

Joel
Reply to  Gheko
10 months ago

Thought the same

BairnOwl
10 months ago

56.23 in the 100 free from Jack Cartwright? After a 23.02 first 50?

Troyy
Reply to  BairnOwl
10 months ago

Was going for a 50 time.

Verram
Reply to  Troyy
10 months ago

I wonder why he would do that to himself ? He’s a 47 second swimmer at his best

Mako
10 months ago

Results are here for anyone interested: https://liveresults.swimming.org.au/nsw/2022StateOpen/

Gheko
10 months ago

Great swims all round in what for most is a training meet, Kaylee strolled to a 2.05 as well

Sub13
Reply to  Gheko
10 months ago

Absolutely. Jack went a PB and Mollie was half a second off her Tokyo time. Kaylee and Ariarne both would have medaled in Tokyo with their times too. Chelsea was only 0.4 of Jacoby’s time on the same day.

If none of the swimmers were tapered then things are looking good so far.

Miranda
10 months ago

Ok, Titmus redeemed herself with an 8:18

Joel
Reply to  Miranda
10 months ago

Redeemed herself? What do you mean?

Stephen
10 months ago

That Aussie Women’s Freestyle conveyor keeps rolling.
Super quick time from Jack, this time in the season.
Long term I’d still wanna be on Mollie.

Last edited 10 months ago by Stephen
Sub13
Reply to  Stephen
10 months ago

Agreed. Mollie only half a second off her PB (which is better than Jack’s PB and Mollie a lot younger).

Aussie women just swam the 3 fastest times of the year in the one race. Although we will be missing 3/4 of our world record relay at worlds, I think we’re still in with a chance for gold.

Robbos
Reply to  Sub13
10 months ago

I agree great depth. But watch out for the Americans, some strong quick young-uns coming thru, in Walsh, Curan & Huske.

Yozhik
10 months ago

Very promising times of Titmus on the ends of her spectrum:
100m – 54.53
800m – 8:18.59
Can be a very impressive performance in the middle distances.

Robbos
Reply to  Yozhik
10 months ago

She’s looking good.

Torchbearer
Reply to  Yozhik
10 months ago

Indeed, and after a long break

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