BRISBANE, Australia, June 21. CATE Campbell continued her impressive pre-world championship success in the 100 freestyle, posting another fast swim earlier today at the Australian Time Trials.
The meet appears to be serving as a tune-up for the swimmers attending the world championships in Barcelona next month. According to the start list, all the members of the Australian world championship team are in attendance for the three-session meet, which runs through Saturday afternoon. Though the entire team is in attendance, not all were swimming world-class times in their final training push before taper begins for world championships, and not many races had full heats of eight swimmers.
Cate Campbell was the highlight of Session One, which featured the two-time Olympian posting a 53.38 to win the event. She still holds the top time in the world with a 52.83 from the world championship trials, and no one has swum faster than the time she put up today. Finishing second today was Alicia Coutts with a 55.10 and Bronte Campbell took third with a 55.20.
Thomas Fraser-Holmes, who had a rollercoaster meet at the world championship trials, posted a 4:16.59 in the 400 IM. He broke the Commonwealth record in the event in April with a 4:10.14 that stands second in the world. Fraser-Holmes swam alone for the race, with Jared Gilliland finishing a distant second with a 4:24.69 and Travis Mahoney third with a 4:28.11.
Meagan Nay put up a swift in-season swim in the women's 200 backstroke, winning with a 2:08.92. It's a second off her best time of the year, a 2:07.96 from April that has her third in the world. Belinda Hocking, currently the fastest 200 backstroker of 2013 with a 2:07.17, posted a 2:11.85 to finish second.
Alicia Coutts, looking for a 100 fly-200 IM medal double at the world championships, put up a 58.39 in the 100 fly today to win the race. She's the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a 57.18 to her credit. Ellen Gandy, who recently acquired Australian citizenship after many years representing Great Britain, posted a 1:00.11 for second. Gandy returned to win the 200 fly with a season-best 2:10.69.
Christian Sprenger provided another highlight, winning the 100 breast with a 1:00.52. Though he has already broken the 1:00 barrier twice this year — including his world-leading 59.05 from April — the time puts him in the thick of what most of his competition is swimming around the world. Brenton Rickard, also preparing to swim the 100 breast in Barcelona, finished second with a 1:01.96.
James Magnussen wrapped up the first session with a 48.50 in the 100 freestyle, holding off Cameron McEvoy, who posted a 48.84 for second place. Kenneth To was third with a 49.25. Magnussen still stands as the king of the 100 free in 2013 with a 47.53 from April.
Click the link below to see more results from the first session.