2022 Australian Trials: Day 3 Final Live Recap

AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING MAMPIONSHIPS 2022

Who will qualify for the 2022 World Championships on Day 3 of the Australian Trials? Follow along live as we head into the third night of the final. Today’s session will feature the 200 free, 200 chest and 100 back for women, along with the 200 IM, 50 back, 100 chest and 800 freestyle for men.

FREE FINAL LADIES 200

  • World record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrinic (2009)
  • Junior World Record: 1:55.11 – Mollie O’Callaghan (2021)
  • Australian record: 1:53.09 – Ariarne Titmus (202)
  • Commonwealth record: 1:53.09 – Ariarne Titmus (202)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:58.66

Top 8:

  1. Ariarne Titmus – 1:53.31
  2. Mollie O’Callaghan – 1:54.94
  3. Madi Wilson – 1:55.86
  4. Kiah Melverton – 1:55.94
  5. Leah Neale – 1:56.10
  6. Lani Pallister – 1:56.28
  7. Brianna Throssell – 1:56.34
  8. Meg Harris – 1:56.82

Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus lost no time during this race and opened it under world record pace (55.60) with a 55.57 opening 100. She was ahead Federica Pellegrinicuntil the last lap, but didn’t quite hold it and finished in a time of 1:53.31.

That time ranks as the third best performance in the event’s historybehind Pellegrinis’ world record and Titmus’ own Australian record of 1:53.09.

This dive from Titmus is the new fastest dive in the world this season and the only sub-1:54 we’ve seen in 2021-22. The 21-year-old confirmed after the race that she will not go to the World Cup this summer, but will opt for the Commonwealth Games.

Even without her, the Australians flexed their muscles by showing monstrous depth in this 200 free.

The likely individual qualifiers for the World Championships in the 200 free will be: Mollie O’Callaghan and Madi Wilson† O’Callaghan swam a new best time of 1:54.94 to improve on her previous best of 1:55.11.

Wilson, who competed in the 200 freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics and is an important part of the Australian freestyle relay, reached the wall in 1:55.86, half a second faster than the 1:56.39 that she delivered in the Olympic final last year. year in which she finished eighth. Wilson’s PB is a 1:55.68 from last year’s Olympic Trials.

Distance Swimmers Kiah Melverton and Lani Pallisterwho already qualified for the World Championship team in the 800 freestyle, is also likely to get a bid for the relay race here along with Olympic bronze medalist Leah Neale

MEN’S 200 IM FINAL

  • World Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte (2011)
  • Junior World Record: 1:56.99 – Hubert Kos (2021)
  • Australian record: 1:55.72 – Mitch Larkin (2019)
  • Commonwealth Record: 1:55.28 – Duncan Scott (2021)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:59.76

Top 8:

  1. Brendon Smith – 1:58.59
  2. Se-Bom Lee – 1:59.48
  3. Joshua Collett – 2:00.59
  4. Mitch Larkin – 2:01.06
  5. David Schlicht – 2:01.44
  6. Gabriel Gorgas – 2:02.28
  7. Marco Soesanto – 2:02.32
  8. William Petric – 2:02.82

Brendon Smith in this final, he nearly matched his first Olympics dive, winning the men’s 200 IM in 1:58.59, just short of his 1:58.57 PB from Tokyo. The 400 IM Olympic medalist is now the Australian champion in the event and will compete in the Budapest race this summer.

Smith was also slightly faster than his time from the 2021 Olympic Trials, where he clocked in at 1:58.82. The other Australian representative in the 400 IM at last summer’s Olympics, Se-Bom Leewas the only other man under 2:00 here to finish second, hitting in 1:59.48 to get below the FINA ‘A’ standard and qualify for Worlds.

Mitch Larkin, who holds the Australian record in this event of 1:56.21, was first in 100 in 55.77 but failed to hold onto the lead. Larkin, a 2021 Olympic semifinalist in the 200 IM, finished off the podium at the end of the race, finishing in 2:01.06, with Joshua Collette with a huge sternum of 33.82 to finish third in 2:00.59.

FINAL 200 CHEST FOR WOMEN

  • World record: 2:18.95 – Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021)
  • Junior World Record: 2:19.64 – Viktoriya Gunes (2015)
  • Australian record: 2:20.54 – Leisel Jones (2006)
  • Commonwealth record: 2:18.95 – Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:25.91

Top 8:

  1. Jenna Strauch – 2:23.26
  2. Harkin . Abbey – 2:24.85
  3. Taylor McKeown – 2:25.32
  4. Matilda Smith – 2:26.17
  5. Mikayla Smith – 2:26.69
  6. Ashleigh Oberekar – 2:26.89
  7. Ella Ramsay – 2:31.29
  8. Reidel Smith – 2:31.62

Mikayla Smith and top seed Jenna Strauch were the top 50 leaders of this race, 32.22 and 32.78 respectively. Strauch took control of the 100 meters in 1:08.77 and extended her lead to the final, finishing in a time of 2:23.26.

Strauch has now won both the 100 and 200 chest here at Oaklands Park and earned a nod in both Budapest events. Strauch finished ninth at the Olympics last year in 2:24.25.

Smith failed to hold onto that early lead and finished this race in fifth place overall with a 2:26.69. Instead of, Harkin . Abbey added a second-place finish in 2:24.85 to undercut the FINA ‘A’ standard.

Harkin joined Strauch in this Tokyo event, finishing 17th in 2:24.71, just short of the semifinals.

Taylor McKeowna 2016 Olympian, sat below the FINA ‘A’ cut of 2:25.91 with a time of 2:25.32 for third, meaning she’s up for bid at the Commonwealth Games. Mathilda Smith was next with a 2:26.17.

MEN’S 50 BACK FINAL

  • World Record: 23.71 – Hunter Armstrong (2022)
  • Junior World Record: 24.00 – Kliment Kolesnikov (2018)
  • Australian record: 24.54 – Ben Hits (2014)
  • Commonwealth record: 24.04 – Liam Tancock (2009)

Top 8:

  1. Isaac Cooper – 24.44
  2. Ben Armbruster – 25.13
  3. Bradley Woodward – 25.35
  4. James Bayliss – 25.61
  5. Ty Hartwell – 25.69
  6. Andrew Rice – 25.76
  7. Harrison Abeya – 25.77
  8. Joshua Edwards-Smith – 25.90

Isaac Cooper said in a post-race interview that he knew he had what it took to break the Australian record in this event. He was right.

Cooper set a time of 24.44 to win the Australian men’s 50 backstroke title and break the national record of 24.54. Ben Hits in 2014. Cooper does not automatically qualify for the World Championships because the 50 back is not a selection event, but this swim might have him under consideration.

Cooper will also come back later to ride the 100 backstroke, where he is the second seed with a 53.43 to Mitch Larkinis 52.75.

Ben Armbruster kept his second place, interrupting his prelims time of 25.34 with a 25.13.

Bradley Woodward and James Bayliss were just outside the top two, hitting times of 25.35 and 25.61 respectively. Ty Hartwell rounded out the top five in 25.69. Notably, if one of the top two swimmers here isn’t nominated, 200 backstroke winner Joshua Edwards-Smith (eighth in 25.90) ​​could potentially have a shot at racing this event.

WOMEN 100 BACK FINALS

  • World record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown (202)
  • Junior World Record: 57.57 – Regan Smith (2019)
  • Australian record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown (202)
  • Commonwealth record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown (202)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:00.59

Top 8:

  1. Kaylee McKeown – 58.49
  2. Mollie O’Callaghan – 59.12
  3. Minna Atherton – 1:00.62
  4. Alyssa Burgess – 1:01.60
  5. Bronte Job – 1:01.61
  6. Tahlia Thorton – 1:01.67
  7. Hannah Fredericks – 1:01.80
  8. Olivia Lefoe – 1:02.16

She looked like she could be on pace for the world record on a few points in this race, but Kaylee McKeown was slightly off her world record in the women’s 100 backstroke tonight, swimming a time of 58.49. McKeown did a drop taper for this match, meaning she continued training until the Saturday before it started.

That’s different from her strategy at last year’s Trials, where she broke the world record in 57.45 to qualify for the Olympics. McKeown won gold in Tokyo in 2021 and has now qualified to attempt to win her first-ever World Championship title.

McKeown was actually slightly slower than her season best of 58.31, which she reached in February and ranks her as the second fastest swimmer in the world this season. Regan Smith is #1 with her 57.76 from the US Trials.

Mollie O’Callaghan is on fire at this encounter and has just added a third individual event to its potential World lineup, clocking in at 59.12 for second place. That’s slightly less than her best of 58.86, but enough to get into the team. She qualified for the 100 freestyle on Day 1 and qualified for the 200 freestyle earlier in this session.

Just outside the top three, Minna Atherton was slightly more than the FINA ‘A’ cut in 1:00.62, and Alyssa Burgess rounded out the top four in 1:01.60.

MEN’S 100 CHEST FINAL

  • World record: 56.88 – Adam Peaty (2017)
  • Junior World Record: 59.01 – Nicolo Martinenghi (59.01)
  • Australian record: 58.58 – Brenton Rickard (2009)
  • Commonwealth record: 56.88 – Adam Peaty (2017)
  • FINA ‘A’ cut: 59.75

Top 8:

  1. Zac Stubblety Cook – 59.60
  2. Joshua Yong – 1:00.04
  3. Samuel Williamson – 1:00.52
  4. Jake Packard – 1:00.91
  5. Cooper van der Laan – 1:01.16
  6. Matthew Wilson – 1:01.24
  7. Nash Wilkes – 1:01.26
  8. Adam Selwood – 1:01.28

It would be hard to bet against the 200 breaststroke Olympic champion and world record holder in every breast event during these trials. Zac Stubblety Cookfresh off setting a new world record in the men’s 200 chestshowed that this was true in the 100-breast final here, diving under a minute of 59.60 to beat the field and add the event to his list for this summer’s World Championships.

Stubblety-Cook was slightly short of his best time of 59.69 from last year. Following him in the race was Joshua Yong at 01:00.04, narrowly missing the FINA ‘A’ cut of 59.75.

It will be interesting to see if 200 breast qualifier Matthew Wilson is nominated to swim the 100 at Worlds, despite finishing sixth here (1:01.24). Wilson’s PB is 59.17 from 2019.

FREE FINAL MEN 800

  • World Record: 7:32.12 – Zhang Lin (2009)
  • Junior World Record: 7:45.67 – Mack Horton
  • Australian record: 7:38.65 – Grant Hackett (2005)
  • Commonwealth Record: 7:38.65 – Grant Hackett (2005)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 7:53.11

Top 8:

  1. Elijah Winnington – 7:45.30
  2. Samuel Kort – 7:48.65
  3. Joshua Staples – 7:58.26
  4. Alec Mander – 8:00.54
  5. Matthew Galea – 8:03.13
  6. Elliot Rogerson – 8:04.90
  7. Zac George – 8:04.92
  8. Alexander Grant – 8:09.05

After winning gold in the 400 freestyle on day 1 of the meet, Elijah Winnington came back in the 800 free to take first place in a time of 7.45.30, dipping below his previous best of 7.51.44 in December 2020. Between this race and the 400 free, Winnington also finished second in the 200 freestyle. (1:46.01) and now looking at swimming from three individual events at the World Championships.

Winnington was the favorite to win the 800 here, but Samuel Kort took an impressive second place by scoring 7:48.65 in the final. Short just missed qualifying for the team on Day 1 when he finished third behind Winnington and Mack Horton in the 400 free final.

Short was entered with a 7:52.18, which he swam in April 2021, meaning this is his first time under 7:50 in the 800, and it also puts him under the FINA ‘A’ cut (7:48.65) .

Joshua Staples here too eight minutes before third in 7:58.26. Alec Mander hit at 8:00.54 for fourth and Matthew Galea finished fifth in 8:03.13.


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