Aussie 100m Might: 52.41, Cate Campbell; 52.78 Bronte; 52.98 Emma McKeon; Wright Retires

Cate Campbell - Swimming Australia
Cate Campbell - Swimming Australia

Much talk of C1 on, C2 off, post-Kazan injury in the mix. The first part of the talk was spot on, Cate Campbell on 52.41 in the 100m freestyle semis. The second bit? Forget it: 52.78 for Bronte Campbell. And the 4×100 contenders lined up in a row beyond that, chief among them Emma McKeon a maiden sub 1:55 in the 200m followed by a maiden sub-53 today, on 52.98

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aswimfan

I am glad that Aussie ladies sprinters can still swim fast.
Now, Commonwombat might just have to upgrade Aussie w4x100 free Olympics chances from “outside medal chance at best” to “medal threat” πŸ™‚

aswimfan

Mel Schlanger-Wright may have lost Olympics individual medal to a cheater, but she will always have two Olympics golds and her name is still on the 4×100 WR holders (which, admittedly, may not last beyond this year). Great career!

Dan smith

Great career for Mel wright nee schlanger.

Shayna Jack qualified 6th. She could get a relay spot for the heats.

Bad Anon

C1 just 0.08 from her 52.33 PB. Aussie women are genuine favourites for gold; it doesn’t get better than this.. Its the equivalent of 3 guys from one country going 47s. This is HUGE

aswimfan

I hope the Aussie selectors take Matthew Wilson, he is still 17, setting PBs all the time in both 100 (1:00) and 200 (2:09). If anything, he can be a back up for Jake Packard in medley relay.

aswimfan

It is almost certain that Aussie w4x100 free Final line up will consist of C1-C2-McKeon-Elmslie, but there is still two spots open in 4×200 lineup.
Even if Groves and Neale finished 3th and 4th yesterday, I feel that they may not be in the line up for final if they don’t get at least one second faster from their swims yesterday.
Based on this 100 free swims, I think Elmslie will get faster in 200 by Rio and secure a spot. The last spot will be fought fiercely by Neale, Groves, Wilson, Coutts, and four of them I think will swim in the 4×200 prelims.

Anon

bad anon, i’d say it’s even better. other than sweden and netherlands, no other country has even had ANYONE under 53 – USA is STILL waiting. i hope they take wilson too. he’s 17 and still improving and would be a good learning experience

aswimfan

What’s staggering about these results is that the winning time of 2012 Olympics would only finished 4th, in the SEMIS.

I hope by now that some people will understand how Australian swimmers have to be FULLY tapered for the trials, and were neither rested nor tapered in any January-February-March meets.

Anon

47.04
WE ALWAYS KNEW MCEVOY WAS THE REAL DEAL BUT WOW!
nice swim by chalmers to qualify too!

Anon

he’s even faster than eamon sullivan’s LZR 47.05. i reckon he can take down the 46.91

Bad Anon

47.04 takes the cake tonight… Monstrous swim!

Bad Anon

And Commonwombat will tell us McEvoy will be around finals and possibly challenge for a medal πŸ˜‰

Anon

sighs james roberts took 3rd in 48.3…. i don’t know whether i’d want him on the team. he had a 47.5 in 2012 trials and then swam a 48.09 (off a fly start), then did the same time of 48.09 off fly star the next year (even slower than d’orsogna). magnussen copped heaps but it was really roberts that cost them a chance of any medal.

Bad Anon

I love Olympic year!

RSASprinter

Anon

Roberts has fought back well. I am pleased, he is young and an get back to that 47.5 again i reckon.

As i said yesterday, magnussen was all talk..

Rafael

Amazing time, hope he can maintain it, and not a one-time swim like Mag 47,10. We might see the first sub-47 textile and first sub 46 split

aswimfan

It’s a pity that mcEvoy lost to a cheat last year. I hope Rio will be his revenge.

47.04 is just……
speechless

And Chalmers 48.03 break Santana’s Junior WR. There is a chance for him to lower the record again in Rio.

So Chalmers is fastest ever in the world in 100 free for every age groups from 13 – 14 -15 – 16 – 17 yo.
It is super extremely rare that an age group sprinter manages to keep on improving every single year.

aswimfan

Ok, I have to admit that mcEvoy has proven my expectation of him wrong… EVERY YEAR since 2013.

Every year, I kept saying that I was pessimistic mcEvoy can go much faster since he is physically nowhere as big as almost all top sprinters.

aswimfan

This is actually good news for Australia’s m4x100 free. We always know mcevoy is dependable in relays. Chalmers continuously improve and also dependable in relays.
Meanwhile, Roberts and Magnussen will have time to get closer to their best even if never at their best again.

Rafael

The problem is that the James double are not reliable relay performers.. and the 5th and 6th? Imagine the problem if Mcevoy and Chalmers donΒ΄t swim in the morning and Australia miss finals?

commonwombat

As if on cue, the Curmudgeonly Marsupial emerges from the Burrow of Gloom !!

M200BRS: Immense cudos to young Wilson for really giving that QT one helluva shake. What will the selectors do ? Personally I’d send him but Craig is right to caution that they will be wary of creating too many opening for appeals.

They DID extend charity in 2012 (unwisely) to Jarrod Poort in the 1500 but I feel Wilson is a far worthier candidate. If there aren’t any other similar cases from the rest of these Trials then I think his chances are good.

W100free: questions over C2s form were very emphatically answered; even more emphatic statement from big sister and another from McKeon re a potential sub53. One suspects any number of muttered profanities may be emanating from other female swimmers around the world when reading this time sheet.

The question that still remains open is that of who will fill the two qualification spots. Advantage Campbells but McKeon is very much “at the party”. Will save relay discussion for later. Should be one helluva final tomorrow night !

M100free: spectacular swim from McEvoy, end of story. He certainly now has a dirty great big target painted on his back. One hopes he can handle the media bullshit that will come his way …. even if it means telling them to “go forth and conjugate”. Excellent swim from Chalmers; possibly beneficial for him that he didn’t break 48 here as it may save him from unwelcome media hype.

Relay selections ? How many and who ? Very creditable swim from Roberts given his past few years. Downside – his international record of non-performance. Magnussen – essentially as good as he’s currently capable of. Is he man enough to swallow ego and accept “lower billing” as a relay only swimmer ? Abood – solid international relay CV but will they take 3 “relay only” for the one relay ?

W200fly: was always going to be Groves v Throssell with the QT not really a factor ….. and that’s how it panned out. An excellent time from Groves, albeit we can expect the event will be faster this year. It was Throssell who stood up internationally last year; the issues will be (1) does Throssell have any more to give in this event (2) can Groves (finally) do the business internationally ?

M200back: only two that matter are Larkin & Beaver. QT of no consequence to Larkin; only issue with him will be whether we see a significantly quicker time (1.53 ?). Beaver only 0.3 off QT and his PB is inside that time. Think he should do it.

M200IM: only one man at this party and that’s TFH who was comfortably inside what is not a particularly brutal QT. Major digital extraction required by others to do so.

W200BRS: A tough but potentially achievable QT of 2.23.06 which remained 1.5sec out of reach in these semis. McKeown’s PB is inside this mark and would be most favoured to do so. Bohl is in the neighbourhood but would require a 1sec PB to make it (maybe her 200 has yet to catch up with her 100 ?). Wallace plausible but poor international CV.

aswimfan

I think Australian coaches have learnt from Kazan and they will swim at least Chalmers in the prelims.

Yozhik

I see unreasonable too much excitement about w100 fs. The only thing that really deserves attention is McKeon’s gigantic improvement of personal bests. After years of showing stable results around 53.4 such a leap. Everything else with Australian lady sprinters is a business as usual. They’ve had a good race but have swum under their bests.

Anon

surely that is understatement of the year. C1’s time was her fastest in 3 years…C2’s time with her injury cloud was completely unexpected. this is the first time a country has had 3 under 53 ever, let alone in the same race. many things to be excited about

aswimfan

Don’t mind Yozhik. The only time he gets excited is whenever Ledecky swims. Other than that, it’s meh for him.

Majer99

Reality is that Australia need to take a second breastroker for the medley relay. Wilson came in 3rd in that event so I think that if they take him that will open up a can of worms. One option is to take both. Joshua Palmer the 2nd place getter was under the fina A time along with Wilson so could enter him in the individual 100 so not a relay only swimmer and then bring Wilson to swim the 200 and back up relay swimmer as I see much more upside.

100 back could be another issue for 2nd spot but I expect Beavers will get the QT in the 200.

100 fly doubtful anyone will get the QT but Morgan is already in for the 200 and had a 52 flat last year. Not sure on option 2 for this possibly Chalmers who was a 53 low last year. Guess we will know more tomorrow maybe Dan Lester who had a on swim In the 50 can be high 51 to warrant relay action.

Yozhik

Anon, what the news is? Cate swims as she is expected to swim when she is not injured. Bronte swims as she expected to swim when she has some injuries. Brittany Elmslie swims her regular swim. Take McKeon from the picture and you will see same thing. Campbells and Sjostrom under 53 at good form in April ready to fight for the Championship or Olympic gold in August.

Aswimfan, you never rest. If you don’t stop annoying me with your personal dislike I will respond same way until Craig stops me.
For instance, to entertain yourself take some quiz: what is the most frequent word that can be met at this website?
Hint1: it is not ‘swimming’, it is not ‘FINA’, it is not ‘doping’, it is not even ‘Craig Lord’.
Hint2: if you still don’t get it then this is the help – this word starts with ‘aswim…’ and ends with ‘….fan’

Craig Lord

Yozhik, that isn’t the most frequent word, by a long way πŸ™‚
And if doubting whether Cate (or anyone else travelling at similar speeds) doing what she is doing is inevitable and not worth remark, then consider other things that are inevitable: the birth of a child, the sunset, sunrise, the ebb and flow of oceans, the migration… and on and on… all astonishing moments to wonder at (yet somewhat inevitable in our lifetimes… enjoy them all, Cate, too πŸ™‚ The news on her is that she swam the fastest time in the world (and her best since 2013) today in Olympic year. That is indeed news… and if not, then we might as well report almost nothing of the rest of the swell.

commonwombat

Majer, Palmer was only 0.04 faster in the 100 than Wilson so he cannot claim any tangible superiority and Wilson’s 200 time was closer to the QT than Palmer was to the 100 QT.

Most certainly, it will be a discretionary call …… and the selectors WILL be seeking to minimise if not outright avoid making them. We’ll need to see how the remainder of the meet pans out and whether we have any other such scenarios ….. and their relative merits.

Yozhik

Craig, if you remember this ‘genius and versatility’ talk a few days ago, It was me who put Cate Campbell’s achievement in pure swimming quality above many other successes in swimming. I think that she gets too little attention as the swimmer who is the fastest woman in the history of human race. The best in the basic human ability – moving in the water. She is Usain Bolt in his ability to move fast on the surface of the Earth.
But if to return to the analysis of her recent race I can only say that it is nice to have her back. Is she on the rise? Has anything changed in her technic, style, power? Will she break a suit era best time? Will she set at least her personal best? Nothing like that was discussed by people who are closely flowing Australian swimming. I see only ‘ah!!,Oh!!!!, Wow!!!!!!!’. I am happy for the people when they are excited with the success of their beloved athletes, but I also would like to read something more substantial. Something for example that shed some light on what is going on with McKeon. Nobody at this site expected this break through at all fronts from her. Where have been our famous ‘Oracles’?

Craig Lord

Yozhik, I appreciate that you appreciate Cate and have made that clear in previous posts – no issue there. Meanwhile, I don’t write predictions, I’m not a swimming astrologer πŸ™‚ and learned long ago that when you have to go and speak to the kids and coaches after they’ve raced, best not be the one who’s ruled them in and ruled them out – unwise … and it changes the tenor and tone of all conversations, to the detriment of good coverage, for the most part … beyond that, I genuinely do not see Emma’s latest gains as anything surprising for the very reasons I have written about: since she was 17 or so, we have seen steady increments and a little plateau as she worked on the future. It is Olympic year and she is yet to reach her full potential – that we surely suspected (me, definitely, after watching how she swam 1:55s before, like in 2014… In the past 18 months or so, she has matured as an athlete and is working at St P W, coach Bohl’s group, with Larkin and others who also demonstrate the same pattern of steady growth of career, steady build of body (and mind) – and then a breakthrough. Not all manage that in Olympic year; for Larkin it came last year and he, like Peaty and others, are the hunted this year, not the surprise, like Cate and Bronte. When you get down to 57.9 (br), 52.3(fr), 52(bk) flattish and so on you are looking at athletes who may well be close to as fast as they are ever going to go (they may go faster and certainly not ruling that out but none of us know what Rio environment and pool is going to be come the hour…) … I hadn’t imagine McKeon had reached that stage, she had long been tipped to have ‘more to come’, a conversation I’ve had with Nicole Jeffery, for example, for a few years: what we see now is the work of many seasons, not just the past one.

Commenter

Fantastic meet for McKeon. If her form in her other events are anything to go by, she will drop a bit more time from semi to final. Will be a fantastic final of 3 fighting for 2 spots.

Meanwhile it’s a shame to see Wright/Schlanger go. She’s been a big stage performer for Aus for years. Beautiful words from her here: http://ow.ly/10xbxL

Craig Lord

Thanks Commenter, now in the article.

aswimfan

Yozhik,
Why don’t you provide us with your information, data, analysis and your oracle predictions?
Then maybe we can have some discussions that you sought after.

aswimfan

Yozhik,
Maybe you can help with my questions, and this could lead to discussions that you like involving splits and data
http://www.swimvortex.com/fabric-of-space-time-rippled-by-47-04-blast-cameron-mcevoy-swiftest-2-lapper-ever/#comment-69552

DDias

Those Aussie girls are on fire!
I will cheering for Britanny to lower her time.
What a relay!With some tweaks, we could be witnessing in some months a 52 low opening, another 52 and two 51’s.Scary!!!

Yozhik

The problem Aswimfan, is that I don’t even know what your gender is. Your over excitement and unstoppable talking let me think about you as a woman. I don’t know what your age is. The lovely desire to be noticed as the best one reminds me child behavior at fifth grade. I don’t know anything about your social status. The 24/7 posting to this site let me think about you as lonely person who has nobody to talk to being ignored completely by relatives. I don’t know anything about your educational level. Recycling again and again same historical information taken from wiki sites without any technical analysis of swimming styles and technic gives me some doubts that your brain is looping and if there is some short term memory issues.
The problem Aswimfan, is my hands are tied. There is the taboo in our tribe: we don’t fight women, children, elderly people and disables.

aswimfan

Yozhik,
I am offering you quality discussion that you are seeking (and where you dismissed the rest of us who expressed our excitements as not worthy :),
Are you rejecting my offer for quality discussions?
By the way, I’m not sure what you were trying to attempt with the above comment, are those supposed to be insults?
πŸ˜€

aswimfan

By the way, a hint of my educational level: chemical engineering graduate from a top three university in Australia. So please feel free to present your statistical analysis.

Yozhik

I’m glad, Aswimfan that you are an educated person. So there is a hope that you will understand me when I repeat it second time. Please leave me alone. It will be the best for both of us. There are plenty of other contributors to this site that you can have an intelligent conversation with. Don’t focus on me as many other people do. Please, make some effort. Forget about me. It doesn’t restrict any of your rights of expressing your opinion. Just do me a favor. Please.

Robbos

Yozhik, it might also help you & the rest of us if you also don’t engage Aswimfan.

felix

Yozhik you really aren’t doing yourself any favours so why don’t you take the initiative and stop talking nonsense. You remind me of the other guy who used to just post nonsense all day long about Katie…

RSASprinter

*GRABS POPCORN* This is somewhat more entertaining than the actual swimming.

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