Australian Campbell Sisters – Cate & Bronte – Get Their Sprint Show Under Way

Cate Campbell - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Cate Campbell - by Patrick B. Kraemer

After several days of waiting, Australia’s Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell got their individual programs rolling with the 100 freestyle.

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aswimfan

Finally Cate Campbell in action again! It’s been a log 4 days wait.

Ger

Jogging to 52.7

aswimfan

I mean, that swim was so magnificently easy, and looked slow if you only saw her. But when Kromowidjojo appeared next to her swimming so furiously, it was ridiculous.

Manuel and Weitzeil swam hard, probably taken lesson from Adrian.

aswimfan

Evgeny Rylov could upset both Murphy and Larkin.

Ger

Sweden handed Sjostrom a real hill to climb. She wouldn’t have wanted to use up all that energy for nothing.

Ger

U.S. 7:47.77
Missy was second fastest to Schmitt (1:57.03) so will make the team if they don’t draft in Dirado. I think she’s in. Ledecky and Leah Smith could take off about 5 seconds from the time. (Runge 1:57.75, Margalis 1:57.04). WR under threat.

Eugene Chc

Missy sroke look different to her stroke from 200 free. Afwul work from usa coaches.

Eugene Chc

I hope for Dirado

Alicia Williams

Oh man, the women 4×200 race might end up like London again. Close to WR but didn’t break it. Last year both Ledecky and Franklin were slower than their individual race. Consider how tired Ledecky was yesterday, I don’t think she will throw down a monster split.
The US might just settle for gold and forget about the WR.
If this really happen, I honestly have no idea how long the super suit record will stand.

Alicia Williams

Eugene, if what you said is true, US coach changed her freestyle technique, I can’t believe how were they capable to destroy a 1:55 strength girl into 1:57 in one month!

Blah Blah

Shame Sjostrom has to waste energy in the 4×200.. Hagino didn’t look great. Was hoping he would give Phelps and Lochte a race but looks like he is getting tired. Hopefully he can recharge for the finals.

commonwombat

M200back: Kawecki not making semis a major surprise. Murphy very easy, Larkin maybe even more so. Rylov impressive.

W100fr: Think the rest of the W100fr ladies will be investing in C1 voodoo dolls after that heat swim …… “52.78 that easy, how dare she ??”. Forget talk about WRs, she’s not going to need one as its questionable anyone else is likely to be better than 52.6

Sjostrom went through the motions. RK probably not full throttle but would still feel a bit peeved after being burnt off so easily by C1. Manuel at/near limit. Weitzell …. not seeing any sub53; maybe hit her Trials time even a tick better. C2 should certainly be significantly faster tonight but not expecting anyone near big sister.

John Lohn

Eugene, you mean the awful work of the U.S. coaches that has led to 18 medals – 14 more than anyone else? You have told us repeatedly about your feelings on Schmitz. It’s tired.

Eugene Chc

Alicia,
changes in such a short time is very dangerous.
her free actually didnt look bad in trials.
Her backstroke was very bad.
Coach Marsh said she looks great in camp, but we didnt see that.

Eugene Chc

John Lohn, it only about Franklin.

Blah Blah

I think Manuel looked great, wouldn’t shock me if she won a medal. Weitzel not so much.

commonwombat

W4X200: GBR gambled with resting Carlin and it bit them back in the gluteus maximus … then again, they’re not throwing away a likely medal.
USA will bring in Ledecky & Smith, Schmitt a certain retain. Dunno about 4th; that was probably as good as it gets for Franklin in Rio. Retaining her isn’t going to cost them the Gold or anything near that … only time.

CHN will definitely bring in Shen (1.55.25 last night); not sure of other moves.

AUS will definitely bring in McKeon, Ashwood the obvious out. Groves is a maybe; its not as if she’s a 200fr specialist (1.57.9 PB). How spent will she be after 200fly final ? Neale a pleasant surprise after being abysmal in Kazan … the issue will be can she at least replicate tonight when it counts.

Ger

So then, what is different about Missy’s stroke?
I don’t see it.

Eugene Chc

Blah Blah,
very controlled swim for Manuel.

commonwombat

Blah, this heat time is essentially the same time she swam “off the gun” in W4X100. Very creditable swimming but unless the others behind C1 are unusually slow; the medals are all likely to be at least at 52.8 (going off 4×100 relay splits).

WHERE is this extra 0.5sec going to come from with Manuel ?? She’s still some distance away from 53.0 !

Blah Blah

I don’t know CW, that 53.3 in prelims looked pretty easy. I think we can see her break 53 and with the others not looking that great other than C1, I think she has a chance. Not saying I’d bet my house on it, but it would not surprise me at all.

commonwombat

Sorry but not buying that, Blah. If she were in that shape, then WHY didn’t we see it in the 4×100 ?? She was given the shot to do so off the gun and swam 53.3. Are you suggesting that she “held back” in that swim ??

Yes, I could see her snagging another tenth or two but 0.35sec let alone 0.5 is pushing the envelope pretty darned hard.

SS had the legacy of last nights 200 plus the prospect of a 4×200 in the same session; and knows that her “easy” is still going to have her through comfortably. Ditto C2 who’s first swim is usually not spectacularly quick. Similar with RK.

I don’t think the medal times are necessarily going to be spectacular but unless the final is inordinately slow with minors decided north of 53flat; I’m just not seeing her in the medal picture. If anyone is going to crash the Campbell/Sjostrom party, its most likely to be RK

longstroke

Everyone has been saying for more than a year that the USA women are a a lock for the 4X200. Ledecky and Schmitt are looking good. So is Smith but her form here doesn’t appear to be as good as at trials. Franklin is looking very shaky. Australia is in with a remote chance. If McKeon and Barratt reproduce their swims from the individual event then it will become a race. If Smith reproduces what she did in the heats and if Groves does well in the 200BF final and carries that confidence in the relay then it will get really close. If I was in the USA coaching camp I would settle for gold and forget about the WR.

Blah Blah

I think, CW, you are underestimating volatility in performances. Look on the men’s side at Nakamura for example, a range of something like 47.99 -> 48.6. I’m sure there are a ton more, I’m just lazy to look them up right now.

Blah Blah

And again, it’s not my base case, but as I mentioned before, the swimmers racing for silver and bronze behind C1 didn’t look that great so I think 52high-53 low could medal.

aswimfan

Balandin winning from lane 8 is just fantastic.

Trickett tried to do it in Beijing..failed by a tenth.

DutchinUSA

Penny Oleksiak under 53? What a surprise!

aswimfan

Olesiak is Cate+Sarah personified.

aswimfan

I’ll say it again, Rylov to upset Larkin and Murphy.

commonwombat

Have been thinking that Oleksiak was the most likely of the North Americans to break through the 53 barrier and would not have been surprised if that happened in the final. Recalibrate your podium predictions, folks !

Larkin has been wandering round his lane all year …. sorry folks but I’m not seeing him winning this one. Could he miss a second podium ….. very plausible ! Rylov win …. far from out of the question and probably the safest podium bet of the main 4.

aswimfan

I agree, Larkin has been technically missing this year.

Nicole Livingstone mentioned that Larkin was submerged and fought water in the 100 instead of riding high.
He looked better in the semis.

aswimfan

Yes!

This is the best outcome I can ever imagine!!!

Belmonte
Groves
Hoshi

This is soooo right.
Everything is right in this world.

The three are in my opinion the best female 200 butterfliers in the world and they finished top 3.

aswimfan

CHALMEEERRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

DutchinUSA

Chalmers and Timmers–no one has thought of Timmers, who was excellent in the relay though.

aswimfan

Poor mcEvoy.

In hindsight, he should have swum 4×200
I know I know hindsight is always 20/20

INTHEFASTLANE SV

Prince Chalmers is now King Kyle Craig. Awesome swim by the sport’s next superstar!!

commonwombat

Am just finishing eating my hat after Groves 200fly but very happy to do so ….. its far more satisfying to see people succeed than fail. She has finally shown at this meet the self belief to actually back herself and has reaped justifiable rewards. Chapeau !

INTHEFASTLANE SV

Ranked #1 in world, swam a 47flat in relay and only seventh in final . What happened to the Professor?

INTHEFASTLANE SV

Please change my username to INTHEFASTLANE.

commonwombat

Timmers certainly a surprise to be on the podium but perhaps not such a surprise to see him swimming well as I certainly remember seeing his name prominently on some results sheets over the past year.

That 100 final was certainly looking a mongrel of a race to pick. Was thinking Adrian would be the most likely of the “seniors/established names” and Chalmers amongst the upstarts. Chalmers future may be interesting to say the least

INTHEFASTLANE SV

cw. Why would you need to eat your hat Maddie was ranked #1 going into this meet. She just swam up to expectation… a silver and a PB as well.

commonwombat

They were very well founded doubts.

In 2014, her intl swims were 2sec slower than her Trials times.

Last year, she swam the fastest time of the year at Trials but failed to make the final at Worlds.

She swam 1sec off her Trials time in the 100fly heats here

Hardly confidence inspiring especially when so many others from the same training squad have been well off their game

INTHEFASTLANE SV

Good points. you have done your homework. Can you explain then the Professors surprising swim?

aswimfan

So it’s been proven that when you have to swim 2:05 low to medal, Adams is out of medal.

INTHEFASTLANE SV

Could someone explain the fall from grace of Geogie Bohl in 200fly ..5s slower than her PB and missed the semis.

INTHEFASTLANE SV

Should have read 200br.

aswimfan

Australia 2nd!!!!

I’ve always had faith in AUS women’s 4×200 to medal, even if I had to receive the wrath of CW lol
And I kept saying Australia’s 3rd and 4th swimmers would destroy Sweden’s 3rd and 4th.. and they did, but never in a million years expected it was Canada who pushed them right to the finish!!

I said yesterday, USA 7:43.50 is safe for gold but no WR.. it’s 7:43.0 today

commonwombat

Thought they were a “rubbery” bronze going into the meet; McKeon & Barratt’s swim last night was enough for an upgrade to silver …. but always the question mark over 3 & 4.

Maybe that bronze last night has sparked the self belief in McKeon because she was stellar. Barratt signed off as “excellent Bronte” and Cook … probably the major pleasant surprise for AUS at this meet. Perhaps Groves may’ve been a better choice than Neale but she would’ve had the legacy of the 200fly in her legs and even at best would not have bridged the 1.8sec gap to the Americans … maybe 0,8 at best.

CHN folded surprisingly easily. Had been marking CAN down as potential medallists but certainly surprised to see them down at 7.45. Suspect they may be one step higher at next year’s Worlds unless AUS can manufacture/discover another 1.55 swimmer.

aswimfan

Cook is only 17 and she split 1:56. Nowhere near the calibre of Oleksiak, but can certainly improve and get into the calibre of Barratt.

Happy for Barratt that she get another Olympics medal before retirement. What a career! Olympics individual medal and relay gold and silvers.

Emma McKeon has a set of Olympics medals: gold-silver-bronze.
She swam brilliantly in the relay too, 1:54.64!!! Only Ledecky was faster.
I hope this build her confidence into the 4×100 medley.
Australia will need her to split 56low-mid to medal.

commonwombat

Precisely my thoughts re the medley relay. It was starting to look like a repeat of last year where a major Campbell rescue mission was required to salvage a podium.

McKeown will have to swim the breaststroke leg but if her 200 is any indication, there is at least some hope of a brs leg slightly below 1.06. Whether any of this has been received and registering on Planet Seebohm but we can only hope so.

Blah Blah

CW, what did you think about that huh??? I didn’t expect Gold … but I told you .. medal definitely realistic for Manuel.

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