Cate Campbell Sprints To Top of 100 Free World Rankings at 2017 Australian Championships

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The 2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Championships splashed into action with swift prelim swims. Olympic sprinters Cate Campbell and Cam McEvoy sprinted to the top of the world rankings in the 100 and 50 freestyles respectively.

Mitch Larkin turned in the top time in prelims of the men’s 200 back, stopping the clock at a 1:58.06. Larkin’s time moves him into the top 20 world rankings for 2017. Jack Cartwright turned in a 1:58.90 to return as second, followed by Clyde Lewis’ 1:58.91.

                     === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 LARKIN, MITCH    23 UNAQ              1:53.90    1:58.06  q851  
    r:+0.57  27.34        57.49 (30.15)
        1:27.98 (30.49)     1:58.06 (30.08)
  2 CARTWRIGHT, JAC  18 STPETERSWESTERN   1:58.80    1:58.90  q834  
    r:+0.61  27.70        57.58 (29.88)
        1:28.34 (30.76)     1:58.90 (30.56)
  3 LEWIS, CLYDE     19 STPETERSWESTERN   1:59.77    1:58.91  q833  
    r:+0.51  27.62        57.28 (29.66)
        1:27.72 (30.44)     1:58.91 (31.19)
  4 BEAVER, JOSHUA   24 NUN               1:56.19    1:59.01  q831  
    r:+0.39  27.59        58.03 (30.44)
        1:28.54 (30.51)     1:59.01 (30.47)
  5 GILLILAND, JARE  22 CHANDLER          1:59.78    1:59.47  q822  
    r:+0.60  27.87        58.22 (30.35)
        1:28.82 (30.60)     1:59.47 (30.65)
  6 LUDLOW, TRISTAN  19 RACKLEY           1:59.51    1:59.55  q820  
    r:+0.54  27.98        57.82 (29.84)
        1:28.58 (30.76)     1:59.55 (30.97)
  7 TYSOE, CAMERON   20 GIND              2:06.00    2:00.97  q791  
    r:+0.53  27.95        58.04 (30.09)
        1:29.31 (31.27)     2:00.97 (31.66)
  8 BOSKOVIC, KAZIM  21 NUN               2:04.52    2:01.01  q791  
    r:+0.52  28.33        59.30 (30.97)
        1:30.40 (31.10)     2:01.01 (30.61)

David Morgan led a trio of athletes beneath the 52 mark in the men’s 100 fly, turning in the top time of prelims with a 52.69. Christopher Raven and Brayden McCarthy delivered times of 52.77 and 52.98 to join Morgan in the middle of the pool. All three athletes moves into the top 20 world rankings with their times.

                     === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 MORGAN, DAVID    23 TSS AQUATICS        51.64      52.69  q845  
    r:+0.51  24.88        52.69 (27.81)
  2 RAVEN, CHRISTOP  23 USC SPARTANS        53.62      52.77  q841  
    r:+0.62  24.81        52.77 (27.96)
  3 MCCARTHY, BRAYD  19 BOND                54.41      52.98  q831  
    r:+0.54  25.19        52.98 (27.79)
  4 IRVINE, GRANT    26 STPETERSWESTERN     51.76      53.31  q816  
    r:+0.57  25.06        53.31 (28.25)
  5 BROWN, NICHOLAS  21 WSS                 53.16      53.41  q811  
    r:+0.60  25.22        53.41 (28.19)
  6 JONES, CAMERON   20 STPETERSWESTERN     53.69      53.49  q807  
    r:+0.55  24.83        53.49 (28.66)
  7 BENEHOUTSOS, (V  19 UNAV                53.86      53.52  q806  
    r:+0.61  25.18        53.52 (28.34)
  8 GOUGH, BOWEN     18 NUN                 54.21      53.53  q806  
    r:+0.60  25.25        53.53 (28.28)

Sprint queen Cate Campbell posted the fastest time in the women’s 100 free prelims at a 52.78. Her time further solidifies her spot atop the world rankings as she becomes the first woman beneath the 53-second mark for the 2017 season. Emma McKeon picked up a second place seed with a time of 53.26, while Bronte Campbell qualified third with a 53.54.

                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 CAMPBELL, CATE   24 COMMERCIAL          52.06      52.78Q q959  
    r:+0.67  25.31        52.78 (27.47)
  2 MCKEON, EMMA     22 STPETERSWESTERN     52.80      53.26Q q933  
    r:+0.60  25.61        53.26 (27.65)
  3 CAMPBELL, BRONT  22 COMMERCIAL          52.58      53.54Q q919  
    r:+0.62  25.92        53.54 (27.62)
  4 JACK, SHAYNA     18 COMMERCIAL          54.11      53.60Q q916  
    r:+0.59  25.62        53.60 (27.98)
  5 WILSON, MADISON  22 STPETERSWESTERN     53.93      54.29  q881  
    r:+0.62  26.43        54.29 (27.86)
  6 NGAWATI, KOTUKU  22 MVC                 54.10      54.44  q874  
    r:+0.54  26.41        54.44 (28.03)
  7 SEEBOHM, EMILY   24 BRISBANE GRAMMAR    54.74      54.59  q867  
    r:+0.63  26.26        54.59 (28.33)
  8 ELMSLIE, BRITTA  22 BRISBANE GRAMMAR    53.54      54.64  q864  
    r:+0.60  26.49        54.64 (28.15)

The first several heats of the women’s 800 free swam this morning with Chelsea Gubecka posting the fastest time at an 8:42.32. Sacha Downing posted a time of 8:48.17 for second fastest, followed by Lani Pallister’s 8:53.78. The fastest heat will swim with finals.

 -- ASHWOOD, JESSIC  23 CHANDLER          8:18.14    No Data        
 -- MELVERTON, KIAH  20 TSS AQUATICS      8:30.97    No Data        
 -- LEE, KAREENA     23 MTCRKMOOL'ABA     8:31.06    No Data        
 -- MESSER, MIKAYLA  17 CHANDLER          8:37.46    No Data        
 -- TITMUS, ARIARNE  16 STPETERSWESTERN   8:37.50    No Data        
 -- JOHNSON, MOESHA  19 COOPERS BURLEIGH  8:38.88    No Data        
 -- GOUGH, MADELEIN  17 TSS AQUATICS      8:41.63    No Data        
 -- ROGERS, DAHLAS   22 GOOD SHEPHERD     8:43.44    No Data        
  1 GUBECKA, CHELSE  18 KAWANA WATERS     8:44.35    8:42.32   799  
    r:+0.56  29.90      1:01.85 (31.95)
      2:39.42 (1:37.57)         2:06.75 ( )
      3:44.89 (1:38.14)         3:12.17 ( )
                                4:18.03 ( )
        4:51.11 (33.08)     5:24.37 (33.26)
        5:57.51 (33.14)     6:30.80 (33.29)
        7:04.10 (33.30)     7:37.56 (33.46)
        8:10.50 (32.94)     8:42.32 (31.82)
  2 DOWNING, SACHA   19 PERC              8:50.33    8:48.17   773  
    r:+0.65  31.09      1:03.88 (32.79)
      2:43.52 (1:39.64)         2:10.18 ( )
      3:50.00 (1:39.82)         3:16.72 ( )
                                4:23.36 ( )
        4:56.75 (33.39)     5:30.03 (33.28)
        6:03.32 (33.29)     6:36.63 (33.31)
        7:09.74 (33.11)     7:42.98 (33.24)
        8:16.03 (33.05)     8:48.17 (32.14)
  3 PALLISTER, LANI  14 USC SPARTANS      8:44.94    8:53.78   749  
    r:+0.62  28.35      1:00.84 (32.49)
                                2:06.68 ( )
                                3:13.40 ( )
                                4:21.93 ( )
                                5:30.19 ( )
        6:04.53 (34.34)     6:38.59 (34.06)
        7:12.70 (34.11)     7:47.16 (34.46)
      8:53.78 (1:06.62)                    
  4 HARRIS, MACKENZ  17 MCA               8:48.28    8:58.18   730  
    r:+0.75  29.64      1:02.12 (32.48)
      2:42.07 (1:39.95)         2:08.55 ( )
      3:50.04 (1:41.49)         3:15.88 ( )
                                4:24.09 ( )
        4:58.52 (34.43)     5:32.94 (34.42)
        6:07.47 (34.53)     6:42.04 (34.57)
        7:16.88 (34.84)     7:51.34 (34.46)
        8:25.72 (34.38)     8:58.18 (32.46)
  5 ESSAM, JACINTA   15 GIND              9:00.48    8:58.35   730  
    r:+0.76  30.53      1:03.49 (32.96)
      2:44.56 (1:41.07)         2:10.80 ( )
                                3:18.32 ( )
        3:52.19 (33.87)     4:25.91 (33.72)
        5:00.11 (34.20)     5:34.14 (34.03)
        6:08.61 (34.47)     6:42.79 (34.18)
        7:17.03 (34.24)     7:51.70 (34.67)
        8:25.33 (33.63)     8:58.35 (33.02)
  6 LAVIN, JESSICA   17 UNAQ              8:59.62    8:59.55   725  
    r:+0.68  30.00      1:02.30 (32.30)
      2:42.83 (1:40.53)         2:09.05 ( )
                                3:16.72 ( )
        3:50.91 (34.19)     4:25.04 (34.13)
        4:59.21 (34.17)     5:33.59 (34.38)
        6:08.13 (34.54)     6:42.83 (34.70)
        7:17.43 (34.60)     7:52.05 (34.62)
        8:26.57 (34.52)     8:59.55 (32.98)

Cameron McEvoy sprinted to the top of the men’s 50 free world rankings. McEvoy dashed to a 21.73 to better upon his season best of 21.88 from the NSW State Championships. James Roberts picked up the second place seed with a 22.38, followed by Alexander Graham and his time of 22.52.

                     === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 MCEVOY, CAMERON  22 BOND                21.44      21.73Q q891  
         r:+0.60                       
  2 ROBERTS, JAMES   25 SOMERSET GC         22.22      22.38  q815  
         r:+0.75                       
  3 GRAHAM, ALEXAND  21 BOND                22.87      22.52  q800  
         r:+0.70                       
  4 TOWNSEND, LOUIS  19 RACKLEY             23.08      22.61  q790  
         r:+0.59                       
  5 ABOOD, ANDREW    26 MARI                22.14      22.63  q788  
         r:+0.75                       
  6 STOCKWELL, WILL  21 COMMERCIAL          22.17      22.74  q777  
         r:+0.64                       
  7 MORGAN, DAVID    23 TSS AQUATICS        22.45      22.91  q760  
         r:+0.66                       
  8 MCCARTHY, BRAYD  19 BOND                23.01      22.95  q756  
         r:+0.67                       
  8 JONES, CAMERON   20 STPETERSWESTERN     22.71      22.95  q756  
         r:+0.71

The men’s 400 free was a tight race with three swimmers all qualifying with times of 3:49. David McKeon led the charge with a 3:49.23, improving upon his season best of 3:49.87. Olympic gold medalist Mack Horton qualified second overall with a 3:49.52, while Jack McLoughlin took third overall with a 3:49.79.

                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 MCKEON, DAVID    24 STPETERSWESTERN   3:44.68    3:49.23  q884  
    r:+0.60  25.62        53.75 (28.13)
        1:22.54 (28.79)     1:51.38 (28.84)
        2:20.44 (29.06)     2:49.54 (29.10)
        3:19.74 (30.20)     3:49.23 (29.49)
  2 HORTON, MACK     20 MVC               3:41.55    3:49.52  q881  
    r:+0.62  26.14        54.39 (28.25)
        1:23.21 (28.82)     1:52.36 (29.15)
        2:21.55 (29.19)     2:51.20 (29.65)
        3:21.00 (29.80)     3:49.52 (28.52)
  3 MCLOUGHLIN, JAC  22 CHANDLER          3:46.27    3:49.79  q878  
    r:+0.60  26.30        54.81 (28.51)
        1:23.53 (28.72)     1:52.64 (29.11)
        2:21.63 (28.99)     2:51.22 (29.59)
        3:20.77 (29.55)     3:49.79 (29.02)
  4 VINCENT, JACOB   18 MIAMI             3:54.06    3:54.59  q825  
    r:+0.61  27.28        56.57 (29.29)
        1:26.44 (29.87)     1:56.29 (29.85)
        2:26.24 (29.95)     2:56.05 (29.81)
        3:25.69 (29.64)     3:54.59 (28.90)
  5 WINNINGTON, ELI  16 BOND              3:50.63    3:55.11  q820  
    r:+0.56  26.68        55.89 (29.21)
        1:24.91 (29.02)     1:54.79 (29.88)
        2:24.32 (29.53)     2:54.40 (30.08)
        3:24.78 (30.38)     3:55.11 (30.33)
  6 HERTZ, JOSHUA    21 SOSC              3:54.69    3:55.18  q819  
    r:+0.62  27.18        56.32 (29.14)
        1:25.79 (29.47)     1:55.76 (29.97)
        2:25.73 (29.97)     2:55.73 (30.00)
        3:25.56 (29.83)     3:55.18 (29.62)
  7 PARRISH, JOSHUA  19 TSS AQUATICS      3:49.06    3:55.90  q811  
    r:+0.61  26.48        55.82 (29.34)
        1:25.69 (29.87)     1:55.28 (29.59)
        2:25.40 (30.12)     2:55.83 (30.43)
        3:26.37 (30.54)     3:55.90 (29.53)
  8 OWENS, ETHAN     20 MARI              3:54.27    3:56.54  q805  
    r:+0.65  27.39        56.72 (29.33)
        1:26.63 (29.91)     1:56.64 (30.01)
        2:26.71 (30.07)     2:56.87 (30.16)
        3:27.26 (30.39)     3:56.54 (29.28)

Jessica Hansen entered the top 20 world rankings with a 31.19 in prelims of the women’s 50 breast. Georgia Bohl picked up the second place seed with a 31.50, while Aisling Scott rounded out the top qualifiers with a 32.23.

                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 HANSEN, JESSICA  21 NUN                 31.46      31.19  q844  
         r:+0.67                       
  2 BOHL, GEORGIA    19 STPETERSWESTERN     30.58      31.50  q819  
         r:+0.67                       
  3 SCOTT, AISLING   24 BRISBANE GRAMMAR    32.63      32.23  q765  
         r:+0.69                       
  4 HODGES, CHELSEA  15 SOUTHPORT           32.32      32.31  q759  
         r:+0.75                       
  5 VAN BREUGEL, CA  23 WOYW                32.90      32.36  q756  
         r:+0.70                       
  6 WALLACE, TESSA   23 PELICAN WTRS        32.10      32.44  q750  
         r:+0.71                       
  7 WELLS, GEORGIA   18 COMMERCIAL          32.78      32.57  q741  
         r:+0.65                       
  8 STRAUCH, JENNA   20 BOND                32.30      32.81  q725  
         r:+0.70
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