World Championship Qualifiers Through Day One Of Aussie Trials


Day one of the 2023 Australian World Championship Trials is done and dusted and already we saw eight swimmers clock times under the Swimming Australia-mandated qualification marks needed for Fukuoka.

Each event saw its top two finishers make the grade, save for the men’s 100m breaststroke. In that event, winner Zac Stubblety-Cook‘s gold medal-worthy result of 59.68 fell short of the 59.49 QT.

As for the remainder of the events, there weren’t any major surprises in terms of who came out on top.

All Comers Record holder Kaylee McKeown clinched the women’s 200m IM in 2:07.60, the 2nd fastest time of her career. Olympic multi-medalist Emma McKeon earned the 100m fly win in a solid 56.74.

The men’s 400m free saw a duel to the end, with Sam Short narrowly defeating reigning world champion Elijah Winnington with the former touching in 3:43.38 to the latter’s 3:43.48.

Then the women’s 400m free wrapped up the evening, with former World Record holder Ariarne Titmus handily defeating the field en route to logging the 5th fastest outing of her career.

Australian World Championships Qualifiers Through Day 1


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8 months ago

Of course there are no Gold (or any other colour) medals handed out in this meet. It’s a trial – not a championship.

8 months ago

Titmus apparently rested but not tapered. McKeown “not fully rested”. Obviously they don’t want to give anything away to their rivals but both have such leeway on their events, there’s no reason for either of them to be tapered and try to hold it another 6 weeks

Reply to  Andy
8 months ago

I don’t feel like they would have to hold it for 6 weeks. Feels like they could ramp up for 2-3 more weeks with maybe one more solid week in the weight room and then begin to work back down for 3-4 weeks.

Summer is Titmus’ Sleep Paralysis Demon
8 months ago

Wow! Fast times! Especially that women’s 400m!


One (or many many more…) swallow does not a Summer make..

The Real AJC
8 months ago

Will AUS field a swimmer in the men’s 100m br? ZSC will likely qualify for the 200m, can he then swim the 100? And how does this impact the medley relay? Does ZSC swim the prelims?

Last edited 8 months ago by The Real AJC
Pau Hana
Reply to  The Real AJC
8 months ago

ZSC went under the standards for the meet itself, just not the Australian standard – so Australia could allow him to swim the 100, particularly if he’s already traveling there for the 200. And unless they have another swimmer who’s a capable enough 100 breaststroker, I imagine he will swim the prelims. Australia isn’t in a strong enough position to have a total B team in prelims, I think.

Reply to  Pau Hana
8 months ago

He met FINA A standard so he can swim it; in any case he is likely to qualify for 200. AUS M4XMED has minimal “margin of error” so they will probably need to swim their peak line-up for both heats and finals unless they have a situation of both swimmers in a particular 100 having similarly high level performances and thus allow someone to be rested. This would most likely be the 100free if one of the younger names (Southam/Taylor) have a major breakout meet.

Reply to  The Real AJC
8 months ago

He will swim it if he (and his coach) want him to. End of story.

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