Sibling Status Quo: Cate Campbell On 52.69 As AUS 1st Nation Ever With Top 10 Under 54

Cate and Bronte Campbell - courtesy of Swimming Australia

Plenty of warnings that sibling status quo may not last forever, including a faster heat from Bronte than Cate Campbell at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney – but today it was business as usual: 52.69 for Cate, 53.04 for Bronte, Mel Wright on 5.5 for bronze, with Brittany Elmslie and Emma McKeon on 53.6s; World tickets, too, for Mitch Larkin, Josh Beaver, Tessa Wallace and Taylor McKeown

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Plenty of warnings that sibling status quo may not last forever, including a faster heat from Bronte than Cate Campbell at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney – but today it was business as usual: 52.69 for Cate, 53.04 for Bronte, Mel Wright on 5.5 for bronze, with Brittany Elmslie and Emma McKeon on 53.6s; World tickets, too, for Mitch Larkin, Josh Beaver, Tessa Wallace and Taylor McKeown

Comments

Verram

That was actually the men’s 200m back finals, not semis!!! He is getting presented with the gold medal as we speak

Craig Lord

Yes, thank you Verram… i did spot that a moment after ‘go’ πŸ™‚

robbos

Craig, appreciate all your updates!!!!

Craig Lord

thanks robbos

commonwombat

A nice polite “I’m still here” from C1 to Heemskerk. C2 solid and would expect to go sub53 in Kazan barring mishaps. 3 more sub 54s looks very healthy for the 4X100 and I would expect they’ll “second” Wilson for the heats if deemed necessary.

Wilson looked very very good in W200BK; will be very interesting to see what she may produce tomorrow night. Seebohm looked to have plenty in the tank but she may have a tough fight winning this one.

Was NOT particularly hopeful of anyone swimming the 51.78 SAL QT in M100FLY but it was pleasing to see Hadler go under that time in semis and D’Orsogna be “thereabouts”. I’m on the record as being doubtful about both of these guys, and of course they still have to replicate or better in tomorrow night; but credit must be given where credit is due.

M200BRS was as expected. The younger guys are, at best, still a couple of years away, and those a few years older have been around long enough that the step up looks unlikely.

For all the McEvoy/Magnussen “hoohaa”, they (and anyone else) will need to step it up significantly to get the SAL QT of 21.74. In fact, it will require a significant PB for McEvoy.

Personal Best

I do believe, with Brittany Elmslie’s PB in the 100 free taking her into 53 sec territory, that for the first time the top 10 fastest Australian swimmers in the women’s 100 free have all swum sub 54 seconds.

Brittany jumps to 7th, knocking Yolane Kukla’s 54.02 out. Emily Seebohm’s 53.96 from 2010 rounds out the top 10.

Libby Trickett, Jodie Henry and Alice Mills are the only retired swimmers on the list with Henry’s 53.52 from 2004 the oldest swim on the list.

Craig Lord

Noted in dispatches, personal best πŸ™‚

aswimfan

I think they should take Coutts to Kazan, to swim 4×100 and 4×200 prelims.. Thereby resting more top swimmers.

Danjohnrob

Gosh, at this point it almost makes the most sense to give the World 4×100 free relay gold to Australia in advance and let the rest of us just swim for silver and bronze! It would be less humiliating that way, but I suppose we have to give Australia another chance to break their World Record.

Bad Anon

Madie Wilson ‘s 2.08.27 in the 200back is a world best and bodes well with her 100. I agree with you Aswimfan, Coutts will be a good relay alternate and her experience will benefit the team. Coughlin played a similar role in London Olympics

Bad Anon

Not so fast Danjohnrob, the men’s Aussie relay were a lock for gold on paper once upon a time. The women’s team is very strong but the USA women will be a dark horse

Craig Lord

USA is lagging, no question but not that much of a dark horse πŸ™‚ … 2013:
53.36 Franklin, Melissa
53.83 Vreeland, Shannon
53.86 Manuel, Simone
53.90 Romano, Megan (52.60 relay split)
54.04 Coughlin, Natalie (52.98 relay split)
54.39 Geer, Margo

commonwombat

I’m with BA; you’re definitely jumping the gun Danjohnrob. You’ve still got to swim the fastest on that given day and not make stupid errors under pressure. Having said that, I don’t think there are the ego issues that were evident with the AUS men.

Re Coutts; it will all rely on her mental state and whether she’s willing to commit to Kazan at least even if a more ‘subordinate’ role ….. or whether she’ll decides to call it quits after these Trials.

beachmouse

Since Kazan also sorts out the first round of relay qualifying for Rio, the men’s medley needs to bring a decent flyer to the meet for that purpose, even without an individual QT. Yes, there are a handful of slots not allocated in Russia, but why take a chance when you don’t have to? Strange things can happen and you don’t want to have suddenly find yourself up against the Americans for the last spot in an Olympic field if they have another previous year World Championships DQ.

Danjohnrob

I was only perhaps 30% serious! πŸ˜‰
Bad Anon and Commonwombat, you are 100% correct, the fastest swimmers on the dsy of the meet win the gold, which is both frustrating and exciting depending on your perspective! Thanks for your encouraging list, Mr Lord! I am learning that Australians are very fair to the rest of the world in their analysis of sporting events. I think we can all agree that the US quartet would all need pb times and probably a bit of luck to beat the Aussies though! And to make matters worse, the Australian women are all so darn nice, you can’t even dislike them! πŸ™‚

Viva la Bang

Cate Campbell also sprained her ankle last week, while out shopping, and really is a tough competitor. The relay indeed looks promising, but the four of them have to peak on the day. Am assuming Elmslie will swim the final, as she finished 4th, although McKeon has the faster time from the semis, tough one to pick, they will both maybe swim heats then pick the fastest from there. The USA and Dutch both look good!

Torchbearer

You would be a brave person to bet against the Aussie girls in a relay, their recent history of medalling/ winning at Olympics and Worlds is just about second to none.
I think Coutts will retire, she reluctantly swam on until the Glasgow Games and now these trials. Great competitor who peaked brilliantly in London for 5 medals.

Commenter

Coutts is eligible for selection having finished 6th so it’s up to selectors but likely she will be named. With no A qualifying time in the 200IM it’s likely she will be given the event in Kazan as well along side Seebohm. Gives her more time to get over a shoulder injury. She’s not done yet.

Torchbearer

I hope that’s the case, the decision to drop the 200IM for the butterfly on Day 1 didn’t exactly go to plan.
In interviews she just seems so over swimming.

CT

I agree Craig. I never write off the USA women’s 100m relay team. Some of those times by Franklin, Vreeland and Manuel are not too shabby at all. Aussies, with super Cate at the helm, just slite favs.

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