Cameron McEvoy, Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown Post World Leaders at Australian Championships

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The penultimate finals session at the 2017 Australian Swimming Championships from Brisbane had three swimmers post world leading times. Cameron McEvoy, Emily Seebohm and Taylor McKeown posted world leading times in their respective events to pick up more events for Budapest this summer. McEvoy out-dueled young guns Kyle Chalmers and Jack Cartwright in the 100 free to win his fourth straight national title. Seebohm won the 200 back for a chance to defend her 2015 world title and will swim alongside 15-year-old Kaylee McKeown. McKeown will join her sister Taylor on the World Championship team as Taylor is the main breaststroker for Australia’s medley relay. David Morgan was the other swimmer to pick up an automatic qualifying time for Budapest in the 200 butterfly on Wednesday night in Brisbane.

Tonight’s Events:

  • Women’s 200 Breast
  • Women’s 200 Back
  • Men’s 200 Fly
  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 100 Free

Women’s 200 Breast

Olympian Taylor McKeown swam the fastest time in the world this year but failed to reach the automatic qualifying time on Wednesday night in the 200 breaststroke at the 2017 Australian Swimming Championships. McKeown easily won the 200 in Brisbane at 2:23.58, just missing the 2:23.06 qualifying standard. McKeown earlier won the 100 breast, but also missed the automatic qualifying time for World Championships. Even though she missed the qualifying time, McKeown will still get to go to Budapest to be Australia’s breaststroker on the medley relay where she will be able to swim the 100 and 200 individually. She leads the world rankings in the event for this year ahead of Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton (2:23.89). She was fourth at the Olympics last year.

Tessa Wallace gave some pressure to McKeown throughout the race as she finished second in 2:25.45, way ahead of third place Jessica Hansen (2:30.62). Sarah Beale, Sofia Cicchitti, Cassandra Van Breugel, Mikayla Smith and Aisling Scott also competed in the championship final.

 Event 41  Women 200 LC Metre Breaststroke
==================================================================
        World:   2:19.11  1/08/2013 Rikke Pedersen, Denmark
 Commonwealth:   2:20.12  30/07/2009Annamay Pierse, Canada
   Australian: R 2:20.54  1/02/2006 Leisel Jones, Commercial
   All Comers: A 2:20.04  6/02/2016 Rie Kaneto, Japan
       SALWQT: Q 2:23.06
 Title Holder:   2:21.45  12/04/2016Taylor McKeown, USC Spartans
 Meet Qualifying:  2:41.50
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals  FINA       
==================================================================
                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 MCKEOWN, TAYLOR  22 USC SPARTANS      2:26.73    2:23.58   909  
    r:+0.72  32.42      1:08.81 (36.39)
        1:45.50 (36.69)     2:23.58 (38.08)
  2 WALLACE, TESSA   23 PELICAN WTRS      2:32.47    2:25.45   874  
    r:+0.67  33.47      1:10.28 (36.81)
        1:47.37 (37.09)     2:25.45 (38.08)
  3 HANSEN, JESSICA  21 NUN               2:32.08    2:30.62   787  
    r:+0.69  33.61      1:11.32 (37.71)
        1:50.51 (39.19)     2:30.62 (40.11)
  4 BEALE, SARAH     16 ACACIA BAYSIDE    2:32.31    2:30.66   787  
    r:+0.73  33.93      1:11.77 (37.84)
        1:50.43 (38.66)     2:30.66 (40.23)
  5 CICCHITTI, SOFI  18 NEWMARKET         2:34.12    2:32.66   756  
    r:+0.67  34.54      1:13.63 (39.09)
        1:52.62 (38.99)     2:32.66 (40.04)
  6 VAN BREUGEL, CA  23 WOYW              2:33.89    2:33.77   740  
    r:+0.75  33.80      1:12.46 (38.66)
        1:52.83 (40.37)     2:33.77 (40.94)
  7 SMITH, MIKAYLA   18 NUN               2:32.86    2:35.09   721  
    r:+0.63  33.11      1:11.75 (38.64)
        1:53.07 (41.32)     2:35.09 (42.02)
  8 SCOTT, AISLING   24 BRISBANE GRAMMAR  2:33.22    2:36.55   701  
    r:+0.67  34.52      1:13.33 (38.81)
        1:53.91 (40.58)     2:36.55 (42.64)

Women’s 200 Back

For the second final in a row, a world leading time was posted. Emily Seebohm won a wire to wire race in the 200 backstroke and will get a chance to defend her 2015 world title. Seebohm swam the fastest 200 back of the year with a 2:07.03 ahead of Canada’s Kylie Masse and Russia’s Daria Ustinova (2:07.23). Seebohm had already qualified for her sixth World Championship team in the 100, but this will be only the second time she will compete in the 200 at the World Championships. Seebohm will have a chance to redeem herself after not even getting into the final at the Olympics last summer.

15-year-old Kaylee McKeown will join her sister Taylor McKeown on the trip to Budapest as she placed second at 2:08.98, under the 2:09.16 automatic qualifying time. McKeown will be making her first Australian senior team as she beat out young guns Hayley Baker (2:09.26) and Sian Whittaker (2:09.60) to the wall. Defending World Junior Champion Minna Atherton was fifth in the race at 2:11.32.

Mikkayla Sheridan, Jess Unicomb and Amy Forrester also competed in the championship final.

 Event 42  Women 200 LC Metre Backstroke
==================================================================
        World:   2:04.06  3/08/2012 Missy Franklin, USA
 Commonwealth:   2:05.81  8/08/2015 Emily Seebohm, Australia
   Australian: R 2:05.81  8/08/2015 Emily Seebohm, Brisbane Grammar
   All Comers: A 2:06.68  20/03/2012Belinda Hocking, Albury
       SALWQT: Q 2:09.16
 Title Holder:   2:06.49  13/04/2016Belinda Hocking, Nunawading
 Meet Qualifying:  2:21.50
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals  FINA       
==================================================================
                          === Finals ===                          
 
  1 SEEBOHM, EMILY   24 BRISBANE GRAMMAR  2:12.33    2:07.03Q  931  
    r:+0.74  30.20      1:02.83 (32.63)
        1:35.85 (33.02)     2:07.03 (31.18)
  2 MCKEOWN, KAYLEE  15 USC SPARTANS      2:13.76    2:08.98Q  889  
    r:+0.59  30.73      1:03.90 (33.17)
        1:37.22 (33.32)     2:08.98 (31.76)
  3 BAKER, HAYLEY    21 MVC               2:13.45    2:09.26   884  
    r:+0.50  30.41      1:03.15 (32.74)
        1:36.51 (33.36)     2:09.26 (32.75)
  4 WHITTAKER, SIAN  19 MVC               2:11.39    2:09.60   877  
    r:+0.60  30.50      1:03.54 (33.04)
        1:37.03 (33.49)     2:09.60 (32.57)
  5 ATHERTON, MINNA  16 BRISBANE GRAMMAR  2:12.28    2:11.32   843  
    r:+0.66  29.77      1:03.13 (33.36)
        1:37.23 (34.10)     2:11.32 (34.09)
  6 SHERIDAN, MIKKA  22 USC SPARTANS      2:13.88    2:12.33   823  
    r:+0.67  31.19      1:04.43 (33.24)
        1:38.29 (33.86)     2:12.33 (34.04)
  7 UNICOMB, JESSIC  19 ALL SAINTS        2:16.42    2:14.19   790  
    r:+0.60  31.37      1:05.15 (33.78)
        1:39.58 (34.43)     2:14.19 (34.61)
  8 FORRESTER, AMY   19 BOND              2:14.14    2:14.56   783  
    r:+0.67  31.03      1:04.37 (33.34)
        1:38.91 (34.54)     2:14.56 (35.65)

Men’s 200 Butterfly

David Morgan just snuck under the qualifying time in the 200 fly to assure his spot on the plane to Budapest this summer. Morgan defended his national title in the event with a 1:55.70, just ahead of the 1:55.75 automatic standard. Morgan had a good battle with fellow Olympian from last summer in Grant Irvine who finished second at 1:56.05. Nicholas Brown was third after briefly leading at the 150 before falling apart over the last 50 at 1:58.43. This will be Morgan’s second straight trip to the World Championships after he was 16th in Kazan in 2015.

Morgan and Irvine are now fifth and sixth in the world in the 200 fly in the first official year of the post-Phelps 200 fly. Chad Le Clos (1:55.00), Tamas Kenderesi (1:55.20), Li Zhuhao (1:55.29) and Giacomo Carini (1:55.40) are ahead of Morgan and Irvine.

Dominic Richardson, Bowen Gough, Thomas Wotton, Jacob Hansford and Hamish McDougall also swam in the championship final.

 Event 43  Men 200 LC Metre Butterfly
==================================================================
        World:   1:51.51  29/07/2009Michael Phelps, USA
 Commonwealth:   1:52.96  31/07/2012Chad Le Clos, South Africa
   Australian: R 1:54.46  17/03/2009Nick D'Arcy, Maroochydore
   All Comers: A 1:52.09  28/03/2007Michael Phelps, USA
       SALWQT: Q 1:55.75
 Title Holder:   1:55.63  10/04/2016David Morgan, TSS Aquatic
 Meet Qualifying:  2:07.00
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals  FINA       
==================================================================
                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 MORGAN, DAVID    23 TSS AQUATICS      1:58.33    1:55.70Q  895  
    r:+0.64  25.60        54.99 (29.39)
        1:25.66 (30.67)     1:55.70 (30.04)
  2 IRVINE, GRANT    26 STPETERSWESTERN   1:59.58    1:56.05   887  
    r:+0.68  26.14        55.54 (29.40)
        1:26.00 (30.46)     1:56.05 (30.05)
  3 BROWN, NICHOLAS  21 WSS               1:59.76    1:58.43   834  
    r:+0.69  26.25        55.26 (29.01)
        1:25.34 (30.08)     1:58.43 (33.09)
  4 RICHARDSON, DOM  19 TSS AQUATICS      2:01.28    2:00.52   792  
    r:+0.73  26.24        57.17 (30.93)
        1:28.34 (31.17)     2:00.52 (32.18)
  5 GOUGH, BOWEN     18 NUN               2:00.95    2:00.71   788  
    r:+0.70  26.51        56.18 (29.67)
        1:27.07 (30.89)     2:00.71 (33.64)
  6 WOTTON, THOMAS   19 STPETERSWESTERN   1:59.96    2:00.99   782  
    r:+0.65  26.76        56.90 (30.14)
        1:28.41 (31.51)     2:00.99 (32.58)
  7 HANSFORD, JACOB  21 SOSC              2:00.73    2:01.76   768  
    r:+0.66  26.66        57.21 (30.55)
        1:28.91 (31.70)     2:01.76 (32.85)
  8 MCDOUGALL, HAMI  20 SYP               2:01.74    2:01.87   766  
    r:+0.66  27.67        58.61 (30.94)
        1:29.97 (31.36)     2:01.87 (31.90)

Men’s 400 IM

19-year-old Clyde Lewis swept the IM’s at the 2017 Australian Championships as he won the 400 on Wednesday night, holding off Jared Gilliland at 4:18.60 to Gilliland’s 4:18.85. Lewis had a commanding lead going into the freestyle leg as Gilliland closed in a 28.86 to Lewis’ 30.64 to almost run him down. Lewis held him off for his second win of the meet after winning the 200 IM last night. The two also beat Olympian Travis Mahoney, who was third at 4:19.10. Mahoney was seventh in Rio last summer.

Lewis was off the automatic qualifying time to Budapest that was a 4:15.47. Lewis may still be up for selection after winning both the 200 and 400 this week as well as finishing in the top six in the 200 free.

Nathan Robinson, Kazim Boskovic, Callum Sherington, Jacob Vincent and Hayden Hinds-Sydenham also competed in the A-final.

 Event 46  Men 400 LC Metre IM
==================================================================
        World:   4:03.84  10/08/2008Michael Phelps, USA
 Commonwealth:   4:10.14  3/05/2013 Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Australia
   Australian: R 4:10.14  3/05/2013 Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Miami
   All Comers: A 4:06.22  1/04/2007 Michael Phelps, USA
       SALWQT: Q 4:15.47
 Title Holder:   4:11.09  7/04/2016 Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Miami
 Meet Qualifying:  4:39.70
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals  FINA       
==================================================================
                          === Finals ===                          
 
  1 LEWIS, CLYDE     19 STPETERSWESTERN   4:23.45    4:18.60   838  
    r:+0.66  26.50        57.23 (30.73)
        1:29.94 (32.71)     2:02.18 (32.24)
        2:39.49 (37.31)     3:17.83 (38.34)
        3:47.96 (30.13)     4:18.60 (30.64)
  2 GILLILAND, JARE  22 CHANDLER          4:24.69    4:18.85   835  
    r:+0.68  27.06        58.45 (31.39)
        1:32.09 (33.64)     2:05.89 (33.80)
        2:42.44 (36.55)     3:19.46 (37.02)
        3:49.99 (30.53)     4:18.85 (28.86)
  3 MAHONEY, TRAVIS  26 MARI              4:25.24    4:19.10   833  
    r:+0.70  27.28        58.73 (31.45)
        1:31.01 (32.28)     2:03.47 (32.46)
        2:40.58 (37.11)     3:18.52 (37.94)
        3:49.27 (30.75)     4:19.10 (29.83)
  4 ROBINSON, NATHA  17 STPETERSWESTERN   4:22.12    4:21.64   809  
    r:+0.59  27.03        58.44 (31.41)
        1:31.99 (33.55)     2:04.54 (32.55)
        2:42.62 (38.08)     3:21.95 (39.33)
        3:52.62 (30.67)     4:21.64 (29.02)
  5 BOSKOVIC, KAZIM  21 NUN               4:24.36    4:23.39   793  
    r:+0.65  27.51        59.21 (31.70)
        1:32.76 (33.55)     2:05.59 (32.83)
        2:43.18 (37.59)     3:21.66 (38.48)
        3:52.95 (31.29)     4:23.39 (30.44)
  6 SHERINGTON, CAL  19 CARL              4:26.70    4:24.27   785  
    r:+0.62  27.40        59.46 (32.06)
        1:32.80 (33.34)     2:06.28 (33.48)
        2:44.13 (37.85)     3:23.21 (39.08)
        3:54.41 (31.20)     4:24.27 (29.86)
  7 VINCENT, JACOB   18 MIAMI             4:26.58    4:24.57   782  
    r:+0.73  27.99        59.87 (31.88)
        1:34.58 (34.71)     2:08.13 (33.55)
        2:45.74 (37.61)     3:24.43 (38.69)
        3:55.47 (31.04)     4:24.57 (29.10)
  8 HINDS-SYDENHAM,  20 SOSC              4:28.94    4:31.93   721  
    r:+0.73  28.02      1:00.41 (32.39)
        1:34.89 (34.48)     2:09.46 (34.57)
        2:48.49 (39.03)     3:28.89 (40.40)
        4:01.11 (32.22)     4:31.93 (30.82)

Men’s 100 Free

In the most hyped race of the meet between the fastest man in textile Cameron McEvoy and the defending Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers, McEvoy came out on top with a world leading time to win his fourth straight national title in the event. McEvoy won the race with a 47.91 to Chalmers’ 48.20 to top the world rankings for 2017 ahead of Russia’s Vlad Morozov (48.54). McEvoy held off a hard charging Chalmers over the second 50, doing what he did to win the Olympic gold and is reminiscent of former Australian champion James Magnussen. Also with an impressive swim in the race was 18-year-old Jack Cartwright who finished third at 48.43 and is now the 10th fastest Australian all-time. Those three are now first, second and third on the world rankings list.

Chalmers and Cartwright are both 18-year-olds and both closed in sub-25 seconds 50’s, which is promising for the future of the men’s 4×100 free relay team for the Aussies. They placed third in Rio in the relay and have not won it internationally since they shocked the world in 2011 at the World Championships. Zac Incerti placed fourth in 49.03 and the Australian relay looks dangerous for this summer along with the next coming years as McEvoy, Chalmers and Cartwright should have many more years left on the world stage.

Alexander Graham, Louis Townsend, Jack Gerrard and Daniel Smith also competed in the A-final as Graham and Townsend are eligible for the 4×100 free relay in Budapest.

 Event 47  Men 100 LC Metre Freestyle
==================================================================
        World:   46.91  30/07/2009Cesar Cielo, Brazil
 Commonwealth:   47.04  11/04/2016Cameron McEvoy, Australia
   Australian: R 47.04  11/04/2016Cameron McEvoy, Bond
   All Comers: A 47.04  11/04/2016Cameron McEvoy, Bond
       SALWQT: Q 48.49
 Title Holder:   47.04  11/04/2016Cameron McEvoy, Bond
 Meet Qualifying:  52.00
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals  FINA       
==================================================================
                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 MCEVOY, CAMERON  22 BOND                48.70      47.91Q  938  
    r:+0.62  22.73        47.91 (25.18)
  2 CHALMERS, KYLE   18 MARI                49.14      48.20Q  921  
    r:+0.71  23.40        48.20 (24.80)
  3 CARTWRIGHT, JAC  18 STPETERSWESTERN     48.81      48.43Q  908  
    r:+0.69  23.52        48.43 (24.91)
  4 INCERTI, ZAC     20 WEST COAST SWIM     49.68      49.03   875  
    r:+0.75  23.79        49.03 (25.24)
  5 GRAHAM, ALEXAND  21 BOND                49.32      49.19   867  
    r:+0.79  23.72        49.19 (25.47)
  6 TOWNSEND, LOUIS  19 RACKLEY             49.15      49.28   862  
    r:+0.58  23.72        49.28 (25.56)
  7 GERRARD, JACK    22 MVC                 49.74      49.58   846  
    r:+0.72  23.96        49.58 (25.62)
  8 SMITH, DANIEL    25 STPETERSWESTERN     49.53      49.77   837  
    r:+0.71  23.98        49.77 (25.79)
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