Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Pops 2:09 In 200IM, As Fast Unrested On Tour As Rested At Trials

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor by Patrick B. Kraemer

On the way to the defence of his world 50m breaststroke title in Kazan come August, Cameron Van Der Burgh is getting sharper on Mare Nostrum Tour but a 27.29 in the last session of action at the Barcelona round of the circuit today was not quite sharp enough to get to the man keen to take his crown: Adam Peaty – 27.25

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On the way to the defence of his world 50m breaststroke title in Kazan come August, Cameron Van Der Burgh is getting sharper on Mare Nostrum Tour but a 27.29 in the last session of action at the Barcelona round of the circuit today was not quite sharp enough to get to the man keen to take his crown: Adam Peaty – 27.25

Comments

Bill Bell

That’s OK, Adam, I WANT you to keep putting up those fast times and “pipping” me @ the touch. Hope you go 25+/56+ @ Monaco. Build up that confidence, Big Guy, ’cause come Kazan you’ll be in for a rude awakening!

— Cam (AKA, Bill Bell)

commonwombat

The 200IM appears to be THE event SMOC is placing most emphasis on if we are to take her Trials times AND these Mare Nostrum as any guide. Neither her 200FS or 100FLY have been anywhere near 2014 levels and whilst she won 100FS at Trials; 53.81 isn’t likely to final.

Dee

Commonwombat,

Her 200 Free here is actually exactly the same as she managed in the Mare Nostrum in 2014 and a full second faster than she swam at nationals. She had a hugely disrupted winter and is now coming into form very nicely. I would expect to see her able to swim 1.56.0 in Kazan… That makes Britains 4×200 very strong and favourites for bronze in my view. Also, her 100fly PB was 58mid before Glasgow… The same as this year. This girl, her coach and squad know how to peak.

Viva la Bang

Would expect her to go 2.07, and 1.55 low in Kazan!

commonwombat

Viva, think you’re getting severely carried away with those projections. The only sub 2.08 200IM post suits that I can recall was … only just (Hosszu 2.07.92 2013 Worlds. SMOC is a definite medal contender but no clear indication that she’s necessarily on PB track this season. 1.55 low 200FS ?? Similarly optimistic. Her PB is 1.55.82 so that’s a mighty big drop. I rate her behind McKeon in this event and 1.55 low will be a step for her. Dee’s 1.56 is possibly closer to the mark; I’m not sure SMOC is a major factor in the 200FS in Kazan; next year may be a different matter.

Dee; re GBR 4×200. Bronze is this event does look somewhat of a lottery. Carlin & SMOC are certainly quality, just not real sure about the quality of the other two legs but that can probably be said for all the teams battling for that final podium spot. They’re certainly a legitimate chance.

Dee

Commonwombat,

SMOC is not even decided on swimming the 200 individually so I have to agree she isn’t a factor. My feeling is Britain have a nice bunch of girls in the team who can swim solid legs behind Jazz & SMOC. Turner & Faulkner both split 1.57s in Glasgow and have both been very close to 1.57 individually this season. Miley is always good for a solid 1.58 low, Thielmann & Willmott 1.59s… There is a solid base that I feel puts them above France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Canada… China are wildcards as ever.

HKSWIMMER

Commonwombat – we do have Ye’s 2:07 from the Olympics as well :p

roy

dee I think Holland may be ahead of Britain for the bronze medal in the women,s 4×200 free relay. They have heemskerk and Inge dekker at the top end and the young marrit steenbergen coming up.

roy

Then there,s Sweden with Sarah sjostrom and michelle Coleman at the top end.

aswimfan

Roy,

Do you think The Netherlands will swim w4x200 in Kazan?
I don’t think they will, because they didn’t swim it in 2011/2013 Worlds, 2012 Olympics and 2014 Euro champs.

Also, Inge Dekker has not registered sub 2:00 since 2009. Rouwendhal is better actually.

I think China will take it. They have 4 active 1:56 swimmers. Aside from USA and Australia, no other countries have such line up.

GBswim

Coleman is capable of splitting 1:55 and Sjostroem, who just set a 56.04 100m fly ER in Rome – http://www.swimvortex.com/rome-2015-sarah-sjostrom-sinks-her-100-fly-nemesis-of-rome-2009-with-56-04-euro-record/ – can certainly split 1:53. O’Connor and Carlin on 1:56’s? That means our other 2 legs could have 4 seconds to make up. China are always a danger.

roy

aswimfan I agree I totally forgot about sharon van rouwendaal. Inge Dekker has not been sharp for some time. so Holland has heemskerk and rouwendaal at the top end. and yes I agree that china has move equilibrium than sweden. But sarah sjostrom can split a 1:53 and michelle coleman can split a 1:55, so china will have a lot of ground to make up.

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