Shock Withdrawal From Aussie Shayna Jack Days Out From Gwangju

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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A surprise withdrawal from one of Australia’s premier women’s sprint freestylers has come just days out from the start of swimming at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

20-year-old Shayna Jack of St. Peters Western announced via Instagram today, July 14th, that she is withdrawing from the world’s largest aquatic competition outside of the Olympic Games due to personal reasons.

Jack had a remarkable Aussie World Trials last month, putting up personal bests across the sprint events to stake her claim on the women’s 4x200m free and 4x100m free relay. Jack collected a 200m free time of 1:56.37 for bronze in Brisbane, while also nailing a time of 53.18 for 4th in the historic women’s 100m free final that was faster than the Rio Olympic final.

Jack also finished 5th in the 50m free at those Trials with a PB of 24.78.

The St. Peters Western star has been at training camp in Nagaoka, Japan, seemingly with full intention of competing in Gwangju.

The relay impact is potentially huge, with the Aussies favored to win the 4x100m freestyle relay. Their combined times of the top 4 females at Trials was close to the World Record. Jack’s 200m free individual outing at World Trials also put her in the 4x200m relay as well.

In her absence, the Aussies still have a powerhouse arsenal of Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell and Emma McKeon, but the 4th leg of the 4x100m free relay is now up in the air.

Madi Wilson put up the 5th fastest 100m free time at Trials in 53.60, marking the Marion swimmer’s first outing ever under the 54-second threshold.

Western Australia’s Brianna Throssell has also been making major waves in her freestyle events. She qualified individually for Gwangju in the 100 fly, but put up 54.25 for 6th in the women’s 100m free final and already will be a strong member of the 4x200m with her individual PB of 1:56.62 in that event.

Leah Neale is another veteran relay utility player who will be in Gwangju and may be called upon to race in Jack’s absence.

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The Ready Room
2 years ago

Did NOT see this coming!! Hope she’s alright…

Swimmerfan
2 years ago

Where are the start lists

Dee
2 years ago

All the best to her – Never nice to hear things like this.

Backstrokebro
2 years ago

Hope everything’s going to be okay for her! That has to feel awful

I think the aussies Definitely still have a pretty decent shot in the 4×100, but the road is now a lot harder in the 4×200. Now I’m confident predicting USA in that one

Rafael
Reply to  Backstrokebro
2 years ago

Yeah instead of winning by 2 seconds they will win by 1,5, but 4×200 will be closer

Jim C
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

I’m sure the Aussies will win the 4×100 by a greater percentage than the percent margin in the 4×200, but I would not be surprised if the margin in terms of time is greater in the 4×200.

Kate
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

The Aussies beat them last year

Nswim
2 years ago

So sad to hear! Hope all is well on her side and there’s nothing too serious.

Side note: how are the overall odds affected for the relays now statistically? And it’s kinda ironic that the Aussies have freestyler Leah Neale while the US has freestyler Lia Neal

Dee
Reply to  Nswim
2 years ago

Aus should still be fairly comfortable in the 4×100.

Philip
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

We shall see.

Laps
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Last year Australia won Pan Pacs in a time faster than the USA winning time at 2017 World’s and that was with Seebohm leading off in 54.56 and no Bronte.

Rafael
Reply to  Nswim
2 years ago

Impact on add up times on both relays are only 0,5 even without jack their add up times are already almost equal to current WR

Rafael
2 years ago

Actually no
Impact on add up times is 0,5 seconds on both race

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

Unfortunately for the U.S., Cate doesn’t choke in relays.

Togger
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

But they won and set the world record in this, which I would class under “making it count”.

Robbos
Reply to  Togger
2 years ago

Mike in Dallas ate a raw prawn once & has never liked Aussies since.

Dee
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

Let’s be honest, Australia have three women who could very realistically deliver 52s lead-off legs. If the US was in their position, you wouldnt give another country a hope in hell of winning. The US might win, but it would require Australia buggering things up.

Troy
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

Except you know they’re not individual events.

Samesame
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

At least our relay teams know what order to swim…

Tea rex
2 years ago

Sorry to post off-topic (wishing Shayna the best)…

Was there a pick em for worlds this year?

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  Tea rex
2 years ago

If we can get official start lists, there will be!

Sir Swimsalot
2 years ago

Those Aussie relays are going to take a major hit. Who can step up?

commonwombat
Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
2 years ago

Rafael is quite correct in stating that the fall-away in best times between Jack (53.19 PB) & her likely replacement Wilson (53.6 PB) is only in the region of 0.5sec max and the gap between AUS & USA is considerably greater than that. The only real area of vulnerability that is added is that Jack has become a seasoned finals performer in this relay as against Wilson as a heat swimmer.

The 4X200 is far more tightly balanced and that is whilst the fall-off in times is similar to 4X100, it may be more telling.

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