Mitch Larkin & Mates Solid & Emma McKeon Simmers As Taper Looms For World Titles

Mitch Larkin on the trail of science and steady progress in world-class waters [Photo: Craig Lord]

Lead Dolphins flexed their flippers with some solid efforts as the second round of the Australian Grand Prix came to a close in Townsville today. Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm, Cate and Bronte Campbell, Mack Horton, Cameron McEvoy, Tessa Wallace and Madelines Wilson and Groves were among those at the helm of pace-setting on the way to final preparations for the World Championships in Kazan in August

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Lead Dolphins flexed their flippers with some solid efforts as the second round of the Australian Grand Prix came to a close in Townsville today. Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm, Cate and Bronte Campbell, Mack Horton, Cameron McEvoy, Tessa Wallace and Madelines Wilson and Groves were among those at the helm of pace-setting on the way to final preparations for the World Championships in Kazan in August

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Viva la Bang

And a 1.56.15 from Emma McKeon in the first 200m of the 400m free!

Craig Lord

Indeed, Viva… and she swam down the rest of the way … who can blame her 🙂

Verram

Mel Wright was noticeably missing at this meet?

I am glad McEvoy is back swimming 1:47s again… Hopefully much faster henceforth

Luke

Wallace’s struggle wasn’t so much about making the junior-senior jump so much as battling Lyme disease and Ross River fever… She’s made it to London and 2014 Comms since getting sick just after 2010 Comms where she flagged herself as a future star. Her story had a bit of publicity after she beat McKeown and dropped a lot of time in the medleys…

Now that she’s better I’d expect her to drop surprising amounts of time. Wouldn’t be surprised if she went 2:20 by Rio

Verram

Didn’t the 13yr old McKeown do a 2:12.04 and not a 2:13 in the 200m back yesterday?

Peter

4:50.47 for McKeon? Did she really take her foot off the gas that much? 😀

Craig Lord

2.55 for the 2nd 200… I can relate to that, Peter 🙂

Personal Best

Probably because she had the 100 free later that session… which she did well in, but that 200 split is super impressive.

The Campbells and Seebohm also make it look so easy.

Interesting that B Campbell swam the heats of the 200 free… maybe just testing her skills.

anon

if she swam a low 1:56 on her way to a 400m, untapered, i’m hopeful she can break 1:55 in Kazan. should be a stacked field =)

commonwombat

Seebohm’s sound 200 & her sub minute 100 would suggest the knee injury seems to be behind her.

Anon, nice to see someone preface their “pronouncements” with “I’m hopeful” rather than the “X/Y will do this/that”.

With regards to McKeon; whilst a sub 1.55 is a plausible outcome let’s remember her PB is still the south-side of 1.55.50 so therefore would be a very major “drop”. 1.55 low and off the podium (unless it’s a slow race) is where I suspect she’ll be in Kazan. Rio, however, may be different if she continues her current progression in this event.

Personal Best

It most likely will take 1:55 to be on the podium given the 1:55s and 1:54s we’ve already had this year.

200 races are erratic… just checked the podiums of the last two champs and the bronze was won in a low 1:55 but the final had a lot of 1:57s from swimmers who had swum faster.

I think Mckeon’s shown consistency. especially in the 200, so she could match her PB or go past it, but you still have to factor in swimmers like Missy et al who have not shown their hand yet.

sabswims

Can we just all marvel that a 13yo young lady just swam a 2:12 200m medley and a 1:02 in the 100m backstroke!!! I think that is some prodigious talent, from someone who I’ve never heard of before!

A 1:02 from Sprenger is well off his off-season pace of previous seasons, which makes me question if he has gotten on to his stroke that is so important in breaststroke. I would love to see this (rather handsome) talented swimmer at least make a finals showing in Kazan as a stepping stone to dropping back into the 58s come Rio.

It does bring into attention the vast leap forwards the Aussies need in the breast ranks. Are there any youngsters coming through???

Personal Best

That’s the younger McKeown, Kaylee, sister of breaststroker Taylor (2.22 in the 200).

The other up and comer is 14 year old backstroker Minna Atherton.

Of recent times the only youngster I can think of that transitioned successfully to senior waters is Emily Seebohm (made the Aussie team at 14).

commonwombat

SAB, over 100 AUS currently has Jake Packard (on the Kazan team) swimming 1.00.30 and Tommy Sucipto has recently broken into the 1.00s. The 200 remains a concern with the only real note of promise being 16yo Matthew Wilson currently swimming 2.12.

sabswims

Geez, even on 1:00, they’re now 2.5 seconds off world pace. That’s just not good enough to make relays interesting.

a 2:12 from a 16yo is much more promising.

I’m super impressed by Kaylee. And Minna. There’s obviously some young females coming through, and I would love someone to step up in the medleys for when Alicia Coutts retires next year.

Personal Best

Interestingly, other than Stephanie Rice and Alicia Coutts, there hasn’t been a lot of success from IM specialists in Australia (even domestically).

Seebohm is at the top of the heap currently, though a backstroker primarily.
The IM specialists coming through have mostly not put up qualifying times in the 200 (McMasters in the 400 the exception).

sabswims

Yes, I agree. Tessa Wallace has potential, but Alicia Coutts has been murdering her training recently, and I expect her to be going 2:07 next year.

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