Kyle Chalmers Warms Up For Olympic Trials With 22.15 Career-Best Dash At Age Nationals

Kyle Chalmers - courtesy of Swimming Australia

South Australian Olympic swim team hopeful Kyle Chalmers has started his preparation for next week’s Hancock Prospecting Australian Championships in record breaking style at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre tonight, writes Ian Hanson on behalf of Swimming Australia.

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Now Both JWR are within his reach, if he does not get it, Can´t see anyone else this year doing it..


Incorrect that the 100m breast record was broken. Matt Wilson has broken that record twice already this year. Current record is 1:01.67 from nsw states last month. Still slower than his 16 record. My guess this record will be a low 1:00 by end of next week.


With due respect, the JWR is of far less consequence than achieving the Olympic QT (22.02).

Craig Lord

Updated Majer99 – I guess Ian was working off the start sheets, which may not have been updated with latest record info for recent swims.


commonwombat, I think if he reaches the 50 time he will break the WJR, the WJR is 22.00 (Don´t know why they never counted Sedov time)
And I find it unlikely that anyone who goes sub-22 at Australia not going to Olympics


McEvoy is the only likely bet. Chalmers may but then again he may not. No one else is in the picture; Magnussen has never been top drawer over 50 even at his best and he’s nowhere near that at the moment.

Majer, Wilson has yet to even threaten to break 1.01 and you’re predicting a 1.00 low ? So far in his career, its been the 200 where he’s shown anything. Sadly, he’s still 1.5sec off the AUS QT and he’d need to swim something very close to that 2.09mid to be the recipient of selector’s generosity. IF he were competitive over 100, he would have the extra string of being 4xMED “insurance” but sadly he’s not.

paolo rubbiani

Having watched the streaming, some impressions:

1) 17 year-old Jack Cartwright could be one to-watch in the next years: far less powerful than Chalmers, he lost all the ground in the start and first half of the race, but his finish was, as written in the article, very strong. Promising 22.55 and curious to watch him in the 100 free.

2) In general, nice 2.17.46 from 14 year-old Kaylee McKeown in the 200im, but her backstroke leg (33.10) was really impressive. Another great woman backstroker in the making for Australian Swimming.

3) Very interesting the women’s 12-13 years 200 free. St Peters Western has three promising girls who have swum under 2.05, and the second and third are just 12 year-old. And the third, Jenny (or Jenna?) Forrester, the slimmest one, could have won the race if she hadn’t miss the start and, above all, the finish (she arrived with her… head like happened, but in the 100 fly, to Sarah Sjostrom when, at 14 year-old, she won at Eindhoven her first European Champ in March2008). Go young (and very promising) Forrester for the next race!

4) On the boys’ side, good performances from 13 year-old Bailey Coleman in the 200 free (1.57.72) and from 15 year-old Leo MacAlister in the 200 backstroke (2.02.85).

Dan smith

yes that girl,s 12-13 year old 200 free was really promising. The top 3 finishing 2:04 and two of them are 12. Really impressive. The young generation of Australian swimmers are doing well but their potential will be fully realized in Tokyo. Daniel cave in the 17 yo 100 breast and Oliver Nash in the 14yo 100 fly did good too. Oliver Nash swam a 56.61 in the 100 fly, not bad for a 14 year old.


Another swim worth mentioning in the 3:49.06 from Josh Parrish which places him 11th on the 2016 world rankings. His taper will no doubt be geared to Open Nationals so it will be interesting to see if he improves further.

Stephen Alderman

There is a big difference between the age pool and open pool when producing times under pressure.

Great to see young swimmers doing well, but how will they convert to open level? History tells us not that well but we keep getting excited and then we see them lost. To much incentive for age group swimming and coaches. 10 -11 session per week and at 14 yrs old and no where to go at 16 yrs.

Time for a rethink

Restricted maximum sessions
13 yrs 6 sessions
14 yrs 7 sessions
15 yrs 8 sessions
And so on. Then we will see real coaching and not coaches who only rely on volume. And who knows maybe an massive talent pool of open swimmers.

Can NSW clubs return to being competitive age and open ?

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