W50 Freestyle: Bronte Campbell Breaks Free Of Sister Act By Adding 50 To 100 Crown

Winner Bronte Campbell - me again?! By Patrick B. Kraemer

Having emerged from the shadow of big sister, Bronte Campbell shot into scorching limelight today by adding the dash title to the two-lapper in 24.12, the silver to defending champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) in 24.22, bronze to Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) in 24.31, Cate Campbell locked out in 24.36

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Having emerged from the shadow of big sister, Bronte Campbell shot into scorching limelight today by adding the dash title to the two-lapper in 24.12, the silver to defending champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) in 24.22, bronze to Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) in 24.31, Cate Campbell locked out in 24.36



Wow Cate misses out altogether… Not a super fast final


C1 will most certainly be seeking to put the charming “little” upstart back in her box ….. and has been set some clear targets. She’s been good but not great by her own (lofty) standards.

BOTH of them fully fit & healthy in Rio will be very formidable. Over 100, Sjostrom looks the only current major threat. 50 is more open with Kromowidjojo & perhaps Halsall in the mix. VERY useful for relays too … LOL

Jah Wobble

46.60 split from ‘serial tourist’ McEvoy.


Congrats to Chantal van Landeghem, another Canadian record. And yes, nice redemption NR for Overholt.


No one has ever called mcevoy a serial tourist jah wobble. He won a silver medal at wc (not far off gold) and won comm games and pan pacs last year. He’s still my tip to win 100m in Rio – 200m is another story though


Jah Wobble, me nor commonwombat never called mcEvoy serial tourist.
He is suspect in 200 free relays, but he always turned up in 100 free individual/relays, and he usually swims his year’s fastest in international championships or close to fastest


Jah Wobble; the “Serial Tourist” tag is not one handed out lightly or just for the sake of it NOR is it one given out after one poor meet. It’s when somebody is on the team for 3-4-5 years and continues to swim conspicuously slower in the big international meet compared to their time at Trials.

You also clearly lack sound reading skills as NOBODY on these pages has given the “tourist” label on McEvoy who has only been questioned on his form in 4×200 relays

Now repeat after me …… McEvoy is NOT spelled M-C’K-E-O-N !

Jah Wobble

No matter, I think you keyboard warriors need to look at your criticism techniques. Each team member is selected via a rigorous selection trials process. It’s up to the ‘non-tourist’ to prove their mettle via these trials. If they don’t make the cut, then they don’t make the team. Simple. Any fan of swimming knows this is how it works. Sometimes swimmers miss their taper, may suffer from nerves and subsequently target that specifically as something to work on. What’s not in doubt is their eligibility to represent their country. Calling national team reps ‘serial tourists’ is not only nasty, it’s ignorant.


Jah Wobble,

using your standards,, then Mckeon, Delaney, Hadler, D’orsogna, are all serial UNDERPERFORMER.


Jah Wobble, you missed the point altogether.. no one is disputing their ability nor their right to make the team based on their performance at Trials.. whats being questioned is their consistent (proven) inability to replicate nor improve their performance from Trials to big meets over a span of a few years… Hadler, D’Orsogna, McKeon etc.. sure they get nerves at the big stage or even miss their taper, fair enough, but to do it every single year that passes is of concern… it doesnt help the team performance when they dont swim their best times at international level.

Robert Traynor

Thank you Bronte for being such a paragon of the sport of swimming. I defy anybody to find a more gracious, articulate, and mature representative of the sport. It’s been a great pleasure for me to watch you and your sister swim and to listen to you speak so eloquently in interviews afterward. God bless!


my favourite Bronte comment was when she defended her sister after losing the 100m free.. Bronte said Cate had nothing to “redeem” after overcoming shoulder surgery as indicated by the poolside interviewer… if anything she has surpassed expectations post surgery by medalling in the 100m free

John Liu

To be fair, D’Orsogna was 47.7 on his relay splits in London, making him more reliable than Roberts was. If Roberts continued his performances past 2013, he’d definitely fall under the category of “serial tourist”.

I would also bucket FraserHolmes’ 400Im as such.

It could be said that a lot of the Chinese National Team are serial tourists

Robert Traynor

I agree, Verram. That comment put Cate’s placings in their proper perspective. I think Cate has done exceptionally well considering her shoulder surgery. Look out, Rio!


To reinforce what Verram said,
It’s not that mcKeon, Dorsogna, Hadler, (also wright previously) etc cannot swim fast, the most annoying part is we KNOW they can swim faster as evidenced by their fast swimming in AUS trials every year.
But when they arrived in the competition that matters, somehow suddenly they seem to forget how to swim fast.
Over 3 or 4 years of swimming consistently 1 second slower in 100, 2 secs slower in 200 and 3-4 secs slower in 400 than their trials swims should no longer be acceptable in my opinion.
There have been no reports of physical ailments, so it must be either lack of preparation or systemic psychological deficiencies.

Personal Best

It’s kind of telling when some swimmers say that there is more pressure at trials than at the big meet. That speaks of their expectations. i.e. doing well at trials to make the team is the biggest goal. If they care more about that than the big meet than they won’t do well.

In a few post race interviews I’ve heard Aussie swimmers say they are looking forward to have fun in the race (mind you, not a 50 stroke), or that the event was so much fun (after swimming considerably slower than what they’re capable of).

However, we do need to remember that in most cases, they are kids or young adults.


I think Horton needs to switch and train under Cotterell.


Another serial tourist was Nick Darcy…


Jah Wobble; we did not invent the “tourist” term. It has been in existence for some years and has been used by AUS swimming and Olympic officials to describe this “phenomena” of swimmers swimming the QT at Trials then never performing anywhere near that level.

What explains it is open to speculation. Is it an in ability to handle the pressure in the big time; something not exclusive to swimming or Olympic sports ? Is it an attitude that “I made the team, I’ve got a trip to XYZ, I’ve got it made !” ?

Either can be valid. The issue is for how long do you keep extending “grace” to those who have proven over a number of years & major events that they are not up to the job.

In most professional sports, and swimming like most Olympics sports has NOT been amateur for a very long time, sportspeople who prove themselves inadequate for the task for which they were signed, do NOT have their contracts renewed & are cut from the list.

The AUS Selection criteria is thus; swim the QT & finish in the top 2 in your event (top 5-6 for both 100/200fs) at Trials. Some peak for this …… and are unable to peak again.

The issue that many of us have is …..is this selection policy one that best serves the purpose; that of maximising returns at the major meet of the year ? Or is it one that best serves SAL from an administrative point of view; one of taking legal appeals against non-selection out of play ?

This selection has been that used since time immemorial ….. and the issue of “serial tourists” one that has been around for a long time and one that has grown as the size of teams has grown.

Perhaps they need to re-assess & NOT grant “surety” of final selection until swimmers provide some sort of verification in an international meet during the northern hemisphere summer (Mare Nostrum in Europe/Santa Clara in USA/Japan Cup). Those who meet set standards get their ticket to the big show ….. those who do not don’t go !


CMIIW, but Id my memory serves me right, Bill Swetenham already used the term “tourist” in 2004 Athens to describe this kind of phenomena. Sweetenham was very tough.

Clearly some tough love is needed for certain types of swimmers, be they Aussies or otherwise.


He may have done so at that time with the Brits but it has also been aired in the media by AUS officials. The term was certainly “in circulation” back in the 90;s amongst AUS swimming/athletics officials as I used to hear it in my professional capacity as a lawyer who practiced for some time in the sports/media field.

The term is not a denigration of them as people; with few exceptions they tend to be perfectly pleasant individuals. It is merely an assessment of their international performance over an extended period of time AND opportunities in the big time.

Lennart van Haaften

Great to see Bronte win this, what a swimmer. Kromowidjojo is surprisingly strong this meet given her season so far. 531.7 in the 100 free was already good, and this 24.22 too. If she prepares well for Rio she has a good shot at gold in the 50, she still has the best underwater.

Tony McKinnon

Perhaps the issue is the timing of the Oz selection trials , too far away from the main event. Suisse O’Neill made the point after London that Oz should follow the U.S. Model – selection trials a few weeks from the WC or Olympics or CGs and get the selected swimmers to holder their taper. Interesting how poorly the U.S. Have done comparatively this WC where they have deviated from their usual practice.



Australia has experimented with holding trials very close to a major. Can’t remember what year it was. The results were actually sub-par, so they went back to the usual 3-4 months gap between trials and major.

the quick turn around of US traditional trials works for US only. They too have experimented with holding US trials 3-4 months away, but with less success, so they went back to 3weeks-1month away.


Being a southern hemisphere nation with opposite seasons when almost all major competitions are northern hemisphere based makes it particularly difficult.

The AUS competition season is primarily summer/autumn based with Trials held at mid-late autumn.

Any move to later Trials closer to the major event would also necessitate a restructuring to the entire AUS “season” and would probably take a couple of years to “iron out”.

Aswim, my best recollection of “short turn-arounds” between AUS Trials & major events would’ve been back in the early 90’s (Auckland CG 1990) & 91 Worlds (Perth). Not 100% sure of my recollection with 98 Worlds but it was back to “standard practice” for Sydney.

Lennart, C2 has certainly answered the question whether she’s of the same calibre as big sister. Whilst I doubt that 50 time would seal the deal, even for a medal, in Rio; one would have to think she’ll be a very strong contender. As for the 100, her claims will be as strong as any. As a relay asset, she’s proven just as powerful an asset as “the prototype”.

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