World Championships Medalist Iona Anderson Rips 58.53 100 Back Lifetime Best

2024 SWIMMING WA SEASON OPENER (AUS)

  • Saturday, May 18th – Sunday, May 19th
  • HBF Stadium, Western Australia
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results: Meet Mobile – 2024 Swimming WA Winter Season Opener (LC)

With the 2024 Swimming Australia Olympic Trials on the horizon for next month, several swimmers dove in for final tune-ups at the Swimming Western Australia Season Opener which began today.

Among the participants was World Championships multi-medalist Iona Anderson of Breakers WA.

18-year-old Anderson raced in the women’s 200m backstroke event, however, her results suggest she used the race as a vehicle to focus on the first 100m as a time trial.

Anderson busted out an opening 100m of 58.53 to establish a new lifetime best and first-ever foray under the 59-second barrier in the event.

Opening in 28.33 and closing in 30.20, Anderson’s effort crushed her previous career-quickest result of 59.12, the time which garnered her silver behind American Claire Curzan (58.29) at this year’s World Championships.

Comparing the splits between Anderson’s 2 best performances, the Breakers star attacked both ends of today’s performance, slicing time off from start to finish to become Australia’s #4 women’s 100m backstroke performer in history.

Anderson’s New PB – 58.53 Anderson’s Previous PB – 59.12
28.33 28.59
30.20 30.53

Top 5 Australian Women’s LCM 100 Backstroker Performers All-Time

  1. Kaylee McKeown – 57.33, 2023
  2. Mollie O’Callaghan – 58.09, 2024
  3. Emily Seebohm – 58.23, 2012
  4. Iona Anderson – 58.53, 2024
  5. Minna Atherton – 58.60, 2019

Although world record holder and reigning Olympic champion Kaylee McKeown appears to be the shoo-in for the top spot in the women’s 100m back at next month’s Trials, the 2nd roster slot will be chased by a plethora of talent.

Mollie O’Callaghan ranks as the 2nd-fastest Aussie woman in history, although it’s not a sure thing she’ll contest the event at Trials, let alone seek a Paris berth in the event.

Fellow Aussie finalist in Doha Jaclyn Barclay looks primed to make a run, as does new mom Emily Seebohm who is trying for a possible 5th consecutive Olympic Games appearance.

Rapidly improving Hanna Fredricks dipped under the minute barrier for the first time at last month’s Open Championships, hitting 59.69 also to put her hat into the possible Olympic qualification ring.

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peter
1 month ago

57 at trials

flicker
1 month ago

I’d been thinking she’d probably go a 58 at trials but damn this is a very pleasant surprise, I certainly wasn’t expecting a 58.5 a fews weeks before it

Jimmyswim
Reply to  flicker
1 month ago

Agreed

Torchbearer
1 month ago

What will it take to final in Paris….58mid?

Troyy
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

The two per national rule will prevent if from being that fast.

Sub13
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

Only 8 swimmers since Jan 2023 have been below 58.9, and they’re from only 3 countries.

A 59 flat should comfortably qualify. A 59.6 qualified in Fukuoka.

Last edited 1 month ago by Sub13
The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Which is a real shame.

kevin
1 month ago

Only 18 rapidly improving i expect her to make Paris with Kayleen in the 100 Back . MOC wont swim it .Barclay also 18 will make the team with Kayleen in the 200 back so women’s backstroke in Aussie looking sound

Last edited 1 month ago by kevin
Dan tm
Reply to  kevin
1 month ago

Barclay still only 17
Wont be 18 until December.

flicker
Reply to  Dan tm
1 month ago

speaking of Barclay not aging up until December that gives her plenty of time to try and get MOC’s age record (58.86)

commonwombat
Reply to  kevin
1 month ago

Who on earth is Kayleen ??? (yes, we all know who it’s supposed to be but PLEASE exercise just a few seconds to proof read)

Troyy
Reply to  commonwombat
1 month ago

They used it twice in this comment section so they must really think she’s a Kayleen rather than it just being a typo.

SNygans01
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

AND KevinN edited it after initially submitting – but not to correct those 2 glaring typos!

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 month ago

I wanna see USA vs AUS vs CAN 4×100 backstroke relay

Greg P

How do you make 4×100 back???

How’s the start like for the 2,3,4th swimmers?

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

Dive start like in Masters

Troyy
1 month ago

Wow! 😳 I saw this notification yesterday and ignored it because of the time (2:27.32). Didn’t think to check the splits.

felix
1 month ago

Can we please not pretend Seebohm is going to even get close to making Paris

tashswam
Reply to  felix
1 month ago

Let’s revisit this comment in a month…. what’s getting close mean?? She put up an excellent time in the 200 at the Sydney open..
100 will be a bigger challenge for sure

‘Murica
Reply to  tashswam
1 month ago

2:11.42 is far from excellent…if she swims that at trials she won’t even make Finals.

Jimmyswim
Reply to  ‘Murica
1 month ago

2:11.42 is a very solid untapered time. And it probably would make the final at trials. But presumably she will be faster

felix
Reply to  Jimmyswim
29 days ago

2:11 was good in the 70s with flip turns

Sub13
Reply to  felix
1 month ago

I think “not even close” is a bit much, but yes, it seems extremely unlikely she will qualify

Sorin
1 month ago

Damn at this point you could fill an Olympic/Worlds 100 Back Final with exclusively American and Australians.

Tencor
Reply to  Sorin
1 month ago

Add Canadians and you’d be right

jeff
Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

canadian singular

Sub13
Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

Top 8 since 1 Jan 2023:

1. McKeown (AUS)
2. Smith (USA)
3. Masse (CAN)
4. Berkoff (USA)
5. MOC (AUS)
6. Curzan (USA)
7. Anderson (AUS)
8. Wilm (CAN)

Literally the top 8 is just 3 countries

gitech
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

I suspect we can see a 58 in the French trials, a lot of competition between mahieu, moluh, pigree, terebo (everyone have 59, with mahieu lead 59,3)

Last edited 1 month ago by gitech
kevin
Reply to  Sorin
1 month ago

Yep Kayleen , Molly , Isona and Barclay Aussie

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