Back-To-Back Boosters: Emily Seebohm & Mitch Larkin Rip It Up On World Cup Tour

Emily Seebohm - double world champion in August and queen of World Cup backstroke and Commonwealth s/c record breaker after that - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Australia’s double world-champion backstroke aces Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin continued to rip it up on World Cup tour with three more victories apiece as the penultimate round of the series came to a close in Doha this evening, Melanie Wright adding to the dance of Dolphins with triumph in the 100m freestyle.

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Australia’s double world-champion backstroke aces Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin continued to rip it up on World Cup tour with three more victories apiece as the penultimate round of the series came to a close in Doha this evening, Melanie Wright adding to the dance of Dolphins with triumph in the 100m freestyle.

Comments

Bad Anon

Finding Coughlin’s 59.72 quite impressive for the 33yo veteran. 100back may as well be her best shot at an individual event in Rio next next year. If she can be 59flat or better she’ll earn the spot. Emily and Mitch truly on a roll. Wishing them all the luck in the world as they seek swimming’s Holy Grail in Rio ; an individual Olympic [Gold] medal

Crannman

Angel went a PB in the 50m freestyle today for 8th (22.87) . Will be interesting to see if he focuses on the 100/200m for the Olympics or brings back the 400m as well..

Craig Lord

His PB is 22.85 back in 2011, Crannman (at a v low-key moment, too – and see other comments, from Mike and my response – 22.78 at the turn of the 100m at London 2012 … and off a flying start he split a 22.14 anchoring France to gold in the 4x100m free at London 2012…). I read a quote somewhere a while back that suggested 400 is off the menu. We shall see…

Verram

Wow great times by the Aussies.. Melanie wright should be right there for Olympic relay selection

aswimfan

Agnel has learnt his lesson very well:
He will never touch 400 if he still wants to win gold in 200.

Mike

Craig, Agnel was 22.78 at the turn in the 100 free at London. I’m curious if it counts as a PB. What do you think?

commonwombat

Verram, methinks there will be quite a few wanting to “get a piece of the action” with the 4×100. It is quite possible there may be 8 sub 54sec women. What will help is that most should already have made the team in individual events thus minimising the “relay only” quotient.

C1 & C2 – automatics unless health/illness intervenes.
McKeonE – should make team in either W200FS or W100FLY
Wright – probably a relay only
Elmslie (if recovered) – relay only
Seebohm – already made team in backstroke
Coutts – possibly made team in W100FLY
Wilson – probably made team in backstroke

Not all will swim the individual 100 final at Trials but rest assured that they will have laid down a “marker” for selectors in the heats or semis…. or laid down a sub54 earlier in the season.

Realistically, they shouldn’t need to go past these swimmers. The likes of Barratt just aren’t quick enough and the likes of Matsuo, Jack and McJannett seem moored in the high 54s.

Craig Lord

Yes, Mike, that would be a ‘pb’. I think he would most certainly be a sub-22.5 swimmer and even challenge the 22 mark if he ever raced the 50 solo in peak form – but he never has, his focus elsewhere, of course. Perhaps in the latter stages of his career, one day…

commonwombat

BA, I would agree that the 100back looks Coughlin’s best path to individual selection for Rio and, at this point, is arguably the best “situated” US swimmer in this event.

If she swims 59flat or slightly under at Trials then I suspect she’ll be on the plane. I’m sceptical that she can get down to 58mids which looks the most likely minimum for medals but if it is a slower than expected race ……

As to the other US spot, it has to be said that Franklin is no longer the “shoo in” that we all expected. Should she NOT be a step up on her 2015 form, then she is in a potential catfight with the likes of Baker and Adams (who both broke the minute in 2015) and potentially Bootsma & Pelton (sub minutes a few years back and/or whichever “bolters” an Olympic year produces.

Rest assured that Franklin, barring illness/injury intervention, will be on the plane to Rio and swimming individual events as she still looks a clear level above any other American in the 200back. The 100, however, now looks a significant challenge to finish top 2 at Trials let alone compete for medals.

No one in their right minds should underestimate her or write her off but 2015 has been a major reality check, not only for her “team” (who I think are fully cognisant of this) but for many USA swimming fans AND media pundits.

BA; my “paw in the water” Rio prediction for Em & Mitch: they will NOT match their double golds from Kazan. Em – gold (100), medal (200)
Mitch – medal (100) gold (200). As always, I may be very very wrong

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