Dolphins-A-Leaping This Week As Sydney Set For Short-Course Year-End Sizzler

Australia's big hitters of 2015: clockwise from top left - Bronte Campbell, Cameron McEvoy, Emily Seebohm, Cate Campbell, the women's 4x100m free team, and Mitch Larkin - all images by Patrick B. Kraemer

Not as if Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm and Co haven’t chased down and bagged enough hardware this year, what with four world backstroke titles and a wave of world cup wins and records between the two named in this sentence alone. From midweek, they’ll be at it again: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and four days of Hancock Prospecting Australian Short-Course Swimming Championships ahoy

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Not as if Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm and Co haven’t chased down and bagged enough hardware this year, what with four world backstroke titles and a wave of world cup wins and records between the two named in this sentence alone. From midweek, they’ll be at it again: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and four days of Hancock Prospecting Australian Short-Course Swimming Championships ahoy

Comments

for33

Hopefully next year Ms. Ashwood can continue showing improvement in her performances and times. I would hope that she’ll be on a par, if not better, with Ms. Boyle and Ms. Carlin, and all of them closer to Ms. Ledecky.

I also have high hopes on Ms. Madison Wilson, and I am very curious on where is Mr. Te Haumi Maxwell at this point. I do not know much about him, other than the impression that he was a formidable sprinter as a youngster. Is he only a freestyler? How is his 100m butterfly?

commonwombat

Maxwell is one of many age-group stars who’s failed to really make a mark in the big league. In most recent times, his best results have been in FS sprint events but he’s generally someone who’s a semi-finalist, outside lane of finals at best.

These SC Nationals and next month’s Queensland State Championships (the first of the LCM state championships that will take place over our summer and early spring) will give us our first sighters on:

– who’s “tracking well” and will the likes of Seebohm, Larkin, C1&2 be anywhere near their World Cup levels ?

– how those who had “break-out years” (Ashwood, Wilson, Throssell, Packard) are backing up

– how those who had disappointing Kazan’s (Horton, McKeonE, McKeown) are responding

Yozhik

@for33. The competition at 800 in Rio is promising indeed to be very hot. To your list of swimmers who will swim under 8:19 I would add Mz. Belmonte and possibly Mz. Friis with Ms. Mann. They may come closer to Ms. Ledecky but still not close enough to consider it a competition. I think that race in Rio will be very similar to one in London – about five body length advantage by Ledecky and strong competition for two remaining places at podium between four – five swimmers.

TommyL

I have a feeling there will be the WR note next to Mitch Larkin when he hits the wall :).

Craig Lord

You may well be on song, TommyL

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