SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Saturday, June 12th – Thursday, June 17th
- South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Adelaide, Australia
- Sole Olympic-Qualifying Opportunity
- 2021 Swimming Australia Olympic Nomination Criteria
- Meet Site
- Live results
If you were preoccupied with the U.S. Olympic Trials over the last week and missed what was going on in Australia, have no fear.
Below, find everything you need to get back up to date on the 2021 Australian Olympic Trials that came to a close on June 17 with 35 swimmers being named to the Aussie Olympic team.
McKeown went three-for-three to qualify for Tokyo in a trio of events, but that wasn’t the highlight of her meet.
On the second night of competition, the 19-year-old broke the world record in the women’s 100 backstroke in a time of 57.45, resetting the previous mark of 57.57 set by American Regan Smith in 2019.
McKeown followed that up by slicing a few one-hundredths off her Commonwealth Record in the 200 back, clocking 2:04.28 for the fourth-fastest swim in history, and she also set a lifetime best in winning the 200 IM (2:08.19).
Set to race at her first Games next month, McKeown heads into Tokyo ranked first in the world in all three of her Olympic events.
Titmus’ performance was simply sensational. The 20-year-old came incredibly close to world records in the women’s 200 and 400 freestyle, registering the #2 swim of all-time in both.
Titmus clocked 3:56.90 in the 400 free, torching her previous Commonweath Record of 3:58.76 to trail only Katie Ledecky‘s world record swim of 3:56.46 from the 2016 Olympic Games.
In the 200 free, Titmus scared the super-suited world record set by Federica Pellegrini in 2009, touching in 1:53.09 to fall just .11 shy of Pellegrini’s 1:52.98. Titmus held the previous Commonwealth, Oceanian and Australian Records of 1:54.27 set back in 2019.
Titmus won a third event in the 800 free, inching past her Australian Record of 8:15.70 in 8:15.57 to qualify for three individual events in Tokyo.
While McKeown and Titmus were producing historically fast times on the women’s side, Zac Stubblety-Cook did the same thing for the men in the 200 breaststroke.
Stubblety-Cook, who set his previous best time of 2:07.00 in May, also took down Matthew Wilson‘s Commonwealth Record of 2:06.67 with the swim, which had previously stood as the world record.
Stubblety-Cook also placed first in the 100 breast in a time of 59.69.
McKeon set the tone for the meet in the first final on opening night, lowering her Oceanian and Australian Record in the women’s 100 butterfly in a time of 55.93. McKeon held the previous record of 56.18 set in 2017.
The 27-year-old went on to set lifetime bests in her three remaining events as well, winning the 50 free (23.93), 100 free (52.35, with a 52.19 PB in prelims) and finishing as the runner-up to Titmus in the 200 free (1:54.74).
McKeon currently ranks first in the world in the 50 and 100 free, third in the 100 fly and fourth in the 200 free.
CAMPBELL, SEEBOHM QUALIFY FOR FOURTH OLYMPIC TEAM
Campbell was the runner-up to McKeon in both the women’s 50 (23.94) and 100 free (52.59), earning her individual entries in both events in Tokyo.
Seebohm placed second to McKeown in both the women’s 100 (58.59) and 200 back (2:06.38), also qualifying for two events at the Games.
Notably taking third in that 100 back was 17-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan, who dropped over seven-tenths from her previous best time in 58.86.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY SWIMS
- Matthew Temple broke the Australian Record in the men’s 100 butterfly, clocking 50.45 to move into #3 in the world this season.
- Elijah Winnington defeated a loaded field in the men’s 400 free in a lifetime best of 3:42.65, taking over the top time in the world this season. In fact, the top three times in the world rankings were produced in that final, with Jack McLoughlin (3:43.27) second and 2016 Olympic champion Mack Horton (3:43.90) locked out in third.
- Another reigning Olympic champion, Kyle Chalmers, will have the opportunity to defend his 2016 title in the men’s 100 freestyle after winning the event in a time of 47.59. Chalmers also won the 200 free in a time of 1:45.48, with Winnington (1:45.55) a close second.
- Mitch Larkin dropped the 200 back for the 200 IM, and it paid off as he roared to a decisive victory in a time of 1:56.29. Larkin also won the 100 back in 53.40.
- Brendon Smith broke the Australian Record in the men’s 400 IM in a time of 4:10.04.
- Maddy Gough downed the Aussie mark in the women’s 1500 free in 15:46.13.
THE OLYMPIC TEAM
35 swimmers were officially named to the Australian Olympic team, with the inclusion of Matthew Wilson among the decisions that was up in the air prior to the announcement.
Wilson finished second to Stubblety-Cook in the 200 breast in a time of 2:08.52, just off of the Australian qualifying time of 2:08.26.
The 22-year-old former world record holder was nominated under Swimming Australia’s ‘extenuating circumstances’ clause as he was reportedly grieving a recent death in the family.
The roster also includes Horton, who won’t compete individually but was added after taking sixth in the men’s 200 free.
• Bronte Campbell, Knox Pymble, NSW
• Cate Campbell, Knox Pymble, NSW
• Tamsin Cook, UWA West Coast, WA
• Madeleine Gough, TSS Aquatic, QLD
• Jessica Hansen, Cruiz, ACT
• Meg Harris, St Peters Western, QLD
• Abbey Harkin, St Peters Western, QLD
• Chelsea Hodges, Southport Olympic, QLD
• Emma McKeon, Griffith University, QLD
• Kaylee McKeown, USC Spartans, QLD
• Kiah Melverton, TSS Aquatic, QLD
• Leah Neale, Chandler, QLD
• Mollie O’Callaghan, St Peters Western, QLD
• Emily Seebohm, Griffith University, QLD
• Jenna Strauch, Bond, QLD
• Brianna Throssell, UWA West Coast, WA
• Ariarne Titmus St Peters Western, QLD
• Madison Wilson, Marion, SA
• Kyle Chalmer, Marion, SA
• Isaac Cooper, Rackley, QLD
• Alexander Graham, Bond, QLD
• Tristan Hollard, Southport Olympic, QLD
• Mack Horton, Melbourne Viccentre, VIC
• Zac Incerti, UWA West Coast, WA
• Mitch Larkin, St Peters Western, QLD
• Se-Bom Lee, Carlile, NSW
• Cam McEvoy, TSS Aquatic, QLD
• Jack McLoughlin, Chandler, QLD
• David Morgan, TSS Aquatic, QLD
• Thomas Neill, Rackley, QLD
• Brendon Smith, Nunawading, VIC
• Zac Stubblety-Cook, Chandler, QLD
• Matthew Temple, Nunawading, VIC
• Matthew Wilson, SOPAC Swim, NSW
• Elijah Winnington, St Peters Western, QLD