PHOENIX, Arizona, May 3. AUSTRALIA had one of the best, if not the best, days in the pool to conclude the world championship trials today in Adelaide. One of the highlights was a Commonwealth record by Thomas Fraser-Holmes in the men's 400 IM with a 4:10.14. A Commonwealth record is the fastest time swum by anyone in Great Britain or any of the countries in the former Commonwealth Empire, including Australia, Canada, South Africa and Ireland. Fraser-Holmes is now third in the world in the event.
Another major highlight was having two men go under 15 minutes in the 1500 freestyle today. Jordan Harrison won the event with a 14:51.02, dropping more than 24 seconds off his lifetime best. Also getting under the barrier was Mack Horton with a 14:59.66, which is a lifetime best but not fast enough to qualify for the world championship team.
Cate Campbell wrapped up her impressive meet with a 24.27 in the 50 freestyle, with her younger sister Bronte in second with a 24.59. The Campbell sisters will represent Australia in both sprint freestyle events and be the leaders on the 400 free relay.
Twenty-one men and 15 women will swim pool events in Barcelona for Australia as the country looks to reshape its image after a subpar outing at last year's Olympic Games.
Only two more of the world's top swimming nations are left to hold their world championship trials, and both of them won't happen until late June. Great Britain's trials will start June 26, while the United States will start racing one day earlier, on June 25.
Earlier this week on the Morning Swim Show I did an interview with Kent Nicholas, who talked about a special four-day challenge that would have more than 30 people swimming in four lakes across Arizona. The challenge started on Wednesday with a swim in Saguaro Lake followed by about nine miles in Canyon Lake, and reports indicate that all has gone smoothly so far. Today's swim will be the toughest: a 16-mile journey through Apache Lake. Tomorrow, they'll cap it off with a 10K night swim in Roosevelt Lake. Some of the people in this group for the inaugural challenge include accomplished open water swimmers such as David Barra, who completed the Triple Crown of swimming — Catalina Channel, English Channel and Manhattan Island.