Tuesday, June 18, 2024

2024 Australian Olympic Trials: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

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2024 AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS

G’day Mates. I hope you enjoyed some stellar performances yesterday and are excited for today’s events, as many of the stars from yesterday are back for more. Kaylee McKeown, Elijah Winnington, and Sam Short are all back in the water as they look to qualify in a second event.

We start the morning off with a bang, like yesterday the very first heat of the morning will see a World Record holder, as McKeown will look to the 100 back to her event list alongside the 200 IM. While the only swimmer entered under 58, that doesn’t mean she isn’t without competition. Mollie O’Callaghan, a World Record holder in her own right, enters as the second seed. While seeded over a second faster than the #3 seed, O’Callaghan will have a hungry pack of determined youngsters behind her led by Iona Anderson and Jaclyn Barclay.

The next event progressed from one of Australia’s strengths to its weakness. Jenna Strauch and Abbey Harkin will duel it out in the 100 breast, vying for a spot on the medley relay and in the individual event. While Strauch has the only entry time under the 1:06.31 qualifying time, 3rd seed Ella Ramsay could be in the hunt, as she already made the team in the 200 IM and could be riding a wave of momentum.

The Multi-Class 50 free comes next and will be a fast affair as 11 men and 16 women will all vie for a coveted spot in tonight’s final. Having a second swim in the para events affords the athletes another shot to earn more points, as qualification to the team will have to wait until the end of the meet.

The men’s 100 back is sandwiched in between the para 50 free and para 100 fly, and will see Isaac Cooper and Bradley Woodward chase down the stiff qualifying time of 53.21. Neither of the top two seeded Aussies have entries under that mark, but it certainly could be within reach. Australian record holder Mitch Larkin, whose best sits at 52.11, is your 8th seed and will need to be on point to make it back to the final.

After the MC 100 fly, the men’s 200 free sees the return of Winnington and Short. Both will look to put up strong performances this morning against the likes of Maximillian Giuliani, Thomas Neill, Alex Graham, Kai Taylor, Flynn Southam, Matt Temple, and Zac Incerti (to name a few). With some many names all desperate for a ticket to Paris, it may be harder to make the top 8 this morning, than tonight, where six of the eight finalists will likely be on the plane to Paris.

Whole Meet Prelims Heat Sheet

Women’s 100 Backstroke – Prelims

  • World Record: 57.33 – Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2023
  • Australian Record: 57.33 – Kaylee McKeown, 2023
  • Swim Australia OQT: 59.62
  • 2021 Time to Final:  1:01.37 – Abbey Webb

Top 8 

  1.  Mollie O’Callaghan (STPET) – 58.73
  2.  Kaylee McKeown (GUSC) – 59.03
  3.  Hannah Fredericks (STPET) – 59.72
  4.  Iona Anderson (BRW) – 59.96
  5.  Jacyln Barclay (STPET) – 1:00.30
  6. Minna Atherton (BOND) – 1:00.90
  7. Layla Day (BOND) – 1:00.01
  8. Emily Seebohm (STMAR) – 1:01.02

McKeown wasted no effort establishing herself as the dominant swimmer in the first heat. McKeown easily led the first heat into the halfway wall, flipping in 28.63, flipping ahead of up-and-coming Jacyln Barclay and Bronte Job. McKeown looked smooth and controlled, not really going to her legs in the closing meters, and cruised to the wall in 59.03. Barclay had a good swim and put herself into a good spot for tonight’s final, finishing in 1:00.30.

MOC showed off her back half speed in the second heat as she pushed the pace in the closing meters. Out in 28.87, O’Callaghan had a strong run into the finish and went around McKeown to take over the top time in the morning in a swift 58.73. Her teammate, Hannah Fredericks, also got under the 1:00 barrier, hitting the wall in 59.72, just .03 off her entry time.

The third heat (and final) of circle-seeded heats was a slower affair. Top seed in the heat and third overall, Iona Anderson cruised into the wall in 59.96, .72 off her entry time. Anderson has been as fast as 58.53, so will look to drop a lot of time this evening. Veteran swimmers Minna Atherton and Emily Seebohm finished in 1:00.90 and 1:01.02 and sit in 6th and 8th position, so hopefully should move through.

WOMEN’S 100 Breaststroke – Prelims

  • World Record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King (USA), 2017
  • Australian Record: 1:05.09 – Leisel Jones, 2006
  • Swim Australia OQT: 1:06.31
  • 2021 Time to Final: 1:08.34 – Zoe Deacon

Top 8 

  1. Jenna Strauch (MIAMI) – 1:07.58
  2. Abbey Harkin (STPET) – 1:07.59
  3. Ella Ramsay (CHAND) – 1:07.70
  4. Matilda Smith (MIAMI) – 1:08.03
  5. Sienna Toohey (ALBU) – 1:08.04
  6. Mikayla Smith (GUSC) – 1:09.05
  7. Isabella Johnson (CRUIZ) – 1:09.24
  8. Zoe Deacon (NUN) – 1:09.44

The 200 silver medalist from Budapest, Jenna Strauch, played to her strengths as she swam a strong back 50 to pass the early leader, Sienna Toohey. Strauch, who is on the comeback trail from a knee injury, was behind the 15-year-old at the turn but chased her down to take the heat win in 1:07.58, with Toohey finishing just on the other side of 1:08, taking second in 1:08.04

Abbey Harkin entered the meet as the second seed and will likely enter the finals tonight in the same position, as she won the second heat in 1:07.59, .01 behind the early leader, Strauch. Harkin really pulled through the field and won the heat by nearly one and a half seconds as Mikayla Smith finished in second place in 1:09.05.

Continuing last night’s success, Ella Ramsay swam a strong and smooth heat swim, hitting the wall in 1:07.70. Ramsay, who placed second in the 200 IM, faced a late challenge from Matilda Smith, but she held on, with Smith. With three swimmers under 1:08 and two just over it, it’ll be a tight race in the final tonight as they all chase the 1:06.31 qualifying time.

39-year-old Sally Hunter (nee Foster), a four-time World Championship medalist, placed 9th in the prelims in a time of 1:09.63, missing out on the A-Final by .19.

MEN’S MULTI CLASS 50 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

Top 8 

WOMEN’S MULTI CLASS 50 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

Top 8 

MEN’S 100 Backstroke – Prelims

  • World Record: 51.60 – Thomas Ceccon (ITA), 2022
  • Australian Record: 52.11 – Mitch Larkin, 2015
  • Swim Australia OQT: 53.21
  • 2021 Time to Final: 55.03 – Travis Mahoney

Top 8 

MEN’S MULTI CLASS 100 Butterfly – PRELIMS

Top 8 

WOMEN’S MULTI CLASS 100 Butterfly – PRELIMS

Top 8 

MEN’S 200 Freestyle – Prelims

  • World Record: 1:42.00 – Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009
  • Australian Record: 1:44.06 – Ian Thorpe, 2001
  • Swim Australia OQT: 1:45.97
  • 2021 Time to Final: 1:47.43 – Matthew Temple

MEN’S MULTI CLASS 50 Breaststroke – PRELIMS

Top 8 

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