Shayna Jack Tops Emma McKeon On Day One Of NSW State Championships


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The 2023 New South Wales State Open Championships already started off with a bang as multi-Olympic gold medalist Kaylee McKeown fired off a new World Record in the women’s 200m backstroke.

Competing at this in-season meet at SOPAC. 21-year-old McKeown crushed a time of 2:03.14 to take the women’s 200m backstroke with ease. In the process, her time sliced .21 off of the previous WR mark of 2:03.35 American Regan Smith put on the books during the semi-finals at the 2019 World Championships.

You can read more about McKeown’s massive swim here.

Also making waves tonight was 19-year-old Isaac Cooper of St. Andrews. The World Championships silver medalist posted a winning effort of 24.38 in the men’s 50m back to get to the wall over a second ahead of the competition.

Cooper’s time crushed the 24.76 he posted in Budapest which rendered him the 8th-place finisher in this event. His performance tonight also represents a new lifetime best, beating out the 24.44 he logged at last year’s Australian National Championships.

With his outing here, Cooper overtakes the season’s world rankings. Moreover, Cooper’s result represents a new Australian national and Oceanic continental record. Look for a subsequent post on this performance.

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Australia’s winningest Olympian Emma McKeon dove in twice on the evening, competing in the women’s 50m fly and the 100m free.

In the former, 28-year-old McKeon clocked a time of 26.49 to reap the silver medal behind Alexandria Perkins. USC’s Perkins touched the wall in a result of 26.12 for gold.

Perkins’ time erased her previous PB of 26.18 produced at last year’s Aussie Championships. She now sits just outside the top 10 Aussie performers in history in this event.

McKeon also settled for silver in the 100m free, with St. Peters Western star Shayna Jack winding up with the gold.

24-year-old Jack earned a time of 53.12 to beat out McKeon who put up a time of 53.55. Meg Harris rounded out the top 3 in 53.91.

As for Jack, she opened in 25.73 and closed in 27.39 to become the #1 swimmer in the world this season. Jack’s effort overtakes America’s Abbey Weitzeil who recently posted a time of 53.38 at the Pro Swim Series in Fort Lauderdale.

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The women’s 100m free saw a stacked field climb on the blocks tonight, as Ariarne Titmus, Lani Pallister and Madi Wilson were also among the finalists.

Two teenagers were also among the racers, including 16-year-old Milla Jansen and 16-year-old Olivia Wunsch. Bond’s Jansen posted a time of 54.54 for 5th place to clock the 3rd swiftest mark of her young career, while Wunsch was 8th in 55.25.

Women’s 100m Free Top 8 Finishers

  1. Shayna Jack, 53.12
  2. Emma McKeon, 53.55
  3. Meg Harris, 53.91
  4. Madi Wilson, 54.06
  5. Milla Jansen, 54.54
  6. Brianna Throssell, 54.69
  7. Ariarne Titmus, 54.85
  8. Olivia Wunsch, 55.25
  9. Lani Pallister, 55.78

Kyle Chalmers won the men’s edition of the 100m free, with the multi-Olympic medalist logging a time of 48.09. That’s the quickest of Chalmers’ season thus far, rendering him the 3rd best performer in the world.

Behind him this evening was William Yang, last year’s Australian National Championships gold medalist. Yang hit a result of 48.64 here for the 5th fastest performance of his career.

19-year-old Kai Taylor also snagged a sub-49 second time in a bronze medal-worthy 49.08 while 17-year-old Flynn Southam and 28-year-old Cameron McEvoy landed the 4th and 5th place positions, respectively. Southam touched in 49.08 while McEvoy hit 49.67.

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Jenna Forrester delivered a solid performance en route to gold in the women’s 400m IM event, posting a time of 4:39.16. The 19-year-old St. Peters Western swimmer beat the field by nearly 6 seconds, with the next-closest competitor of Mya Rasmussen getting to the wall next in 4:45.20.

As for Forrester, tonight’s outing checks in as the 2nd best performance of her career. Her personal best remains at the 4:36.77 she registered at last year’s national championships.

Forrester now inserts herself among the season’s top performers in slot #5.

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Additional Winners

  • 24-year-old Griffth swimmer Bowen Gough grabbed gold in the men’s 200m fly, reaching the wall in 1:58.20. That edged out Chandler’s Lucas Humeniuk who touched just .10 behind in 1:58.30.
  • The men’s 50m breast saw Grayson Bell get it done, posting a mark of 27.95.
  • Jenna Strauch of Miami was tonight’s women’s 100m breaststroke victor, stopping the clock in a result of 1:07.95.
  • Elijah Winnington represented the only racer of the men’s 400m freestyle field to delve under the 3:50 barrier. Winnington delivered a gold medal-worthy 3:47.98 while runner-up Mack Horton was well back in 3:51.61. Winnington already ranks as the top performer in the world in this event with his time of 3:45.84 from last December’s Queensland Championships.


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9 months ago

Campbell just went 53.52

Reply to  Joel
9 months ago

It’ll be great to have C1 back on anchor again at Worlds 😍

Reply to  Joel
9 months ago

Considering that it is a morning final, the time is very impressive.

9 months ago

she did WHAT?

9 months ago

48.0 is pretty fast for Chalmers in-season

9 months ago

I’ll never be able to trust Shayna Jacks after her positive drug test.

Reply to  Zippo
9 months ago

IMHO, at this juncture, there is very little to trust regarding Australian swimmers or swim times. The Swim AUS program is rife with eating disorders and disordered eating. 45 recommendations came out of an Independent Commission report (the actual report was swept under the rug and never saw the light of day) and all Swim AUS did is put out some unenforeceable “guidelines” which provide no coach or swimmer accountability. In addition, AUS is known for TUE abuse.

Swimming Australia – Swimming Australia launches Disordered Eating Prevention and Management Guidelines

Reply to  CFD
9 months ago

I have always felt before you judge look in the mirror first.

Reply to  CFD
9 months ago

LOL cry more. Dressel has the most TUEs of any swimmer in history. No wonder you’re trying to point the finger at Australia.

Swim T
Reply to  Sub13
9 months ago

You’re replying to a point made (perhaps by an Australian) about two factual items–an AUS independent commission report regarding AUS female swimming and an article authored by an Australian about TUE abuse–with irrelevant slander and innuendo about an American male swimmer about whose TUEs (if any) you could not possibly have any verifiable information. In the meantime, there are dozens of AUS female swimmers who have spoken out publicly about disordered eating and other issues in AUS swimming, including the Campbell sisters (in their book), Emily Seebohm, Maddie Groves etc etc. and there is absolutely no meaningful response by Swim AUS (or by you).

Reply to  Swim T
9 months ago

He linked an article from 2016, and that article relied solely on paraphrasing something that someone said in 2013. It didn’t provide any actual facts or data whatsoever. Literally every single claim they make is accompanied with “according to Partridge”, who himself says he was not provided the information he requested and is not from the body that holds the information.

The only actual statistic in the article is that over 9% of US baseballers have TUEs for ADHD. Which is basically proof that Americans are actually are abusing TUEs.

The commenter then claims a report says eating disorders are rife, but then claims that the report is completely secret… yet he somehow knows what’s in it.

I don’t really… Read more »

Reply to  Sub13
9 months ago

The whole point is this: cover-up. That’s why nothing can be trusted. Cover-up by Swim AUS along with no accountability/dismissal for the coaches in AUS who have weight-shamed (no release of the Independent Commission report), and cover-up of extensive TUE abuse in the AUS swim community. I guess you missed this part of the article–“He (Partridge) said ASDMAC advised him this number (of TUEs) was “huge but unknown”. Australian sports with highest elite TUE usage are swimming, AFL, athletics and cycling…” The numbers are admittedly so huge, ASDMAC refused to compile and/or release them.

We already know many of the AUS athletes who have succeeded by swimming vastly underweight and via chemical usage (there are admissions by many legacy and… Read more »

Reply to  Swammer
9 months ago

ASDMAC said there are a huge number of TUEs. So? Every country probably has a huge number of TUEs. And that’s assuming you unquestionably trust this reporter was telling the truth because he certainly doesn’t provide any record of the response he says he received. He also doesn’t provide any source for saying which sports have the most TUEs, and he himself said he wasn’t given the info by ASDMAC. I guarantee the USA has exponentially more TUEs than Australia. Just by volume it would basically be impossible not to.

Why do you care if Australian swimmers are weight shamed? You don’t. You care that they’re winning and that makes you angry, so you find an excuse to pretend… Read more »

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Reply to  Sub13
9 months ago

Somehow I don’t think Swim AUS commissioned an all-female Independent Commission investigation at great expense just because some Americans were “salty”. They did it because some of Australia’s most famous Olympic swimmers were complaining, and there were numerous allegations regarding multiple forms of abuse emanating from other swimmers, female coaches, parents, and attorneys regarding some of Australia’s top swim programs and male coaches. Apparently, Swim AUS did not care for the findings of the Commission and has spiked the report, Keep your head buried in the misogynistic sand, and ignore the plight of Australian female swimmers.

Reply to  Cobalt
8 months ago

Again, you don’t care about any of this. The only reason this was raised is because Jack swam a good time and Kaylee broke a record.

These issues only come up to derail the conversation when an Australian achieves something.

Since you seem to care so much, what have you done to help the swimmers? Other than using this as an excuse to hate on Australia, have you ever once done anything to show that you care or to make a difference? Didn’t think so.

Stay mad that Australian swimmers are breaking records

Reply to  Sub13
8 months ago

I actually submitted written testimony to the AUS Independent Commission since many of my friends are Australian swimmers who were fearful of doing so. You could not be more off-base in your comments.

Reply to  Cobalt
8 months ago

Lol rubbish. Kick rocks troll.

Reply to  Sub13
8 months ago

Did an American write this article, or make these statements, too?

Reply to  Citation
8 months ago

Again, I never said that Australian swimmers weren’t subjected to weight shaming or suffering from disordered eating. I questioned why this only ever gets mentioned when an Australian does well to derail the conversation. And you know that’s exactly what happened here.

Stay mad every time you lose lol

Reply to  Sub13
9 months ago

What? Typical biased Australian 🙄

Reply to  Zippo
9 months ago

Give her a break! She’s talented and was so determined to prove her innocence.

Reply to  Zippo
9 months ago

Ok then. When your level of trust in a swimmer becomes relevant to the sport I’m sure FINA will let us know.

9 months ago

Would love to see McKeown, McKeon and Chalmers come to the US and swim yards for a changeup!

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
9 months ago


Reply to  Wahooswimfan
9 months ago

Why would adults swim in bathtub?

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
9 months ago

Given all of them have multiple SC Worlds gold medals and both Chalmers and McKeon proved themselves to be major stars in ISL; that would strongly suggest they’d have little problems acclimatising to the format.

9 months ago

We really need to count the ‘season’ as the calendar year, there’s no way a time in October should be measured against a time from March

Reply to  Coco
9 months ago

Months are just a human construct, man

Reply to  Coco
9 months ago

Different places use different seasons. FINA and nuoto use calendar years and I tend to go by those because it’s easier.

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