Commonwealth Games: Day Two Prelims Live Recap

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 25. AFTER an amazing day one at the Commonwealth Games that featured a world record by Australia, swimmers returned for day two qualifying here in Glasgow. Plenty of amazing swims occurred with Team Australia asserting a bit of dominance after a first day surge from the hosting Scottish team.

Men’s 200 free
Australia’s Cameron McEvoy, who stands second in the world with a 1:45.46 from the Australian National Championships, cruised to the top of the standings this morning with a 1:46.39 to take the top seed heading into finals.

McEvoy’s teammate, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, snared the second seed in 1:47.01 as the two Aussies will be vying for Tae Hwan Park’s world-leading 1:45.25 from Korean Nationals. Fraser-Holmes ranks just behind McEvoy for third in the world with a 1:45.58 so far, and the finale should be interesting.

Wales’ Calum Jarvis took down the Welsh record with a third-seeded time of 1:47.10 to move to 12th in the world rankings, while Scotland’s Robbie Renwick finished fourth in 1:47.15.

Here are your finalists:
Australia’s Cameron McEvoy – 1:46.39
Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes – 1:47.01
Wales’ Calum Jarvis – 1:47.10
Scotland’s Robbie Renwick – 1:47.15
New Zealand’s Matt Stanley – 1:47.16
England’s James Guy – 1:47.99
Australia’s David McKeon – 1:47.99.
SWIMOFF – 1:48.98
England’s Nick Grainger, Canada’s Ryan Cochrane, Wales’ Ieuan Lloyd

Nick Grainger went on to win the swimoff with a 1:48.29. Lloyd (1:48.96) and Cochrane (1:49.28) missed the finale.

Women’s 50 free
England’s Fran Halsall led the way in the women’s splash-and-dash this morning with a meet-record 24.31. That effort bettered her fourth-ranked season best of 24.38 and leapt ahead of Ranomi Kromowidjojo (24.35) for third in the world.

Australia’s Cate Campbell, who is ranked second in the world behind Sarah Sjostrom (23.98) with a 24.13 from Aussie Nationals and is coming off a stunning 52.16 anchor leg on the world record last night, put up an easy speed 24.33 this morning. Cate’s sister Bronte had originally set the meet record this morning with a 24.52 in heat six to qualifying third overall before Halsall overhauled the mark.

Here are your semifinalists:
England’s Fran Halsall – 24.31
Australia’s Cate Campbell – 24.33
Australia’s Bronte Campbell – 24.52
Bahamas’ Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace – 24.61
Australia’s Melanie Schlanger – 24.87
England’s Amy Smith – 25.08
Scotland’s Sian Harkin – 25.30
Canada’s Victoria Poon – 25.38
Canada’s Michelle Williams – 25.48
Canada’s Sandrine Mainville – 25.62
England’s Jess Lloyd – 25.64
South Africa’s Trudi Maree – 25.80
Singapore’s Amanda Lim – 25.81
Bahamas’ Ariel Weech – 25.93
Malaysia’s Chui Lai Kwan – 26.00
Wales’ Hannah McCarthy – 26.12

Men’s 100 breast
England’s Adam Peaty was the only sub-1:00 swimmer of the morning as he rocketed to a 59.47 in the morning heats. That’s not far off his second-ranked season best of 59.25 from the Barcelona stop of the Mare Nostrum circuit.

Scotland’s Ross Murdoch, showing no signs of a gold-medal hangover after upsetting teammate Michael Jamieson for the 200 breast win last night, qualified second in 1:00.63, while New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders checked in with a third-seeded 1:00.75. South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh also cleared 1:01 with a fourth-seeded 1:00.99.

Australia’s Christian Sprenger kept his cards close as he qualified 11th with a 1:02.30. He’s the world leader with a 58.87 to his credit from Aussie Nationals, and will need to turn it up a notch during semis.

Here are your semifinalists:
England’s Adam Peaty – 59.47
Scotland’s Ross Murdoch – 1:00.63
New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders – 1:00.75
South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh – 1:00.99
Canada’s Richard Funk – 1:01.25
Scotland’s Craig Benson – 1:01.30
England’s James Wilby – 1:01.40
England’s Andrew Willis – 1:01.48
Wales’ Rob Holderness – 1:01.52
Scotland’s Michael Jamieson – 1:01.98
Australia’s Christian Sprenger – 1:02.30
India’s Sandeep Sejwal – 1:02.97
Ireland’s Michael Dawson – 1:04.37
Bahamas’ Dustin Tynes – 1:04.42
Jersey’s Ian Black – 1:04.43
Bermuda’s Julian Fletcher – 1:04.92

Women’s 100 back
The Aussies are definitely feeling it after the women’s world record last night, and the entire team is feeding off that energy. The squad went 1-2 in the women’s 100 back this morning with Emily Seebohm collecting the Games record with a 59.51 and teammate Belinda Hocking qualifying second in 59.78. Seebohm leads the world with a 58.92 from Australian Nationals this year, while Hocking bettered her seventh-ranked season best of 59.83 from Nationals as well.

Here are your semifinalists:
Australia’s Emily Seebohm – 59.51
Australia’s Belinda Hocking – 59.78
Canada’s Sinead Russell – 1:00.15
England’s Lauren Quigley – 1:00.67
Canada’s Brooklyn Snodgrass – 1:00.70
England’s Elizabeth Simmonds – 1:00.79
Wales’ Georgia Davies – 1:00.86
Scotland’s Kathleen Dawson – 1:00.91
Australia’s Madi Wilson – 1:01.05
Canada’s Hilary Caldwell – 1:01.10
England’s Jessica Fullalove – 1:01.58
Wales’ Rachel Williams – 1:02.98
South Africa’s Jessica Ashley-Cooper
Wales’ Danielle Stirrat – 1:04.76
Sri Lanka’s Kimiko Raheem – 1:06.36
SWIMOFF – 1:07.18
Kenya’s Talisa Erwan Lanoe, Ireland’s Danielle Hill

Hill won the swimoff 1:05.36 to 1:07.30.

Men’s 400 IM
Scotland’s Dan Wallace took down the British and meet record in the distance medley with a scorching 4:11.04 this morning in the heats. That swim not only moved him into a fourth-ranked tie with Zhixian Yang in the world rankings, it also wiped out Thomas Haffield’s 2009 British record of 4:11.32..

No one else even came close in prelims, and Wallace will have to hope that he has more in the tank for the finale in case the rest of the finalists were keeping their powder dry this morning. Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes, who ranks third in the world with a 4:10.68 from Aussie Nationals, qualified second in 4:14.99, while England’s Roberto Pavoni took the third seed in 4:15.26.

Here are your finalists:
Scotland’s Dan Wallace – 4:11.04
Australia’s Travis Mahoney – 4:14.99
England’s Roberto Pavoni – 4:15.26
Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes – 4:15.34
Scotland’s Lewis Smith – 4:15.64
South Africa’s Sebastien Rousseau – 4:16.02
Canada’s Luke Reilly – 4:18.49
Scotland’s Ross Muir – 4:19.22

Women’s 100 free S8
Australia’s Maddison Elliott set herself up to make a run at the Paralympic world record in the event with a 1:06.45 this morning. Paralympic star Jessica Long holds that record with a 1:05.63 from the 2012 London Paralympics, and Elliott will need a full second drop tonight to claim the mark. England’s Stephanie Slater (1:07.38) and Australia’s Lakeisha Patterson (1:10.54) qualified second and third.

Men’s 400 free relay
The big guns of Australian swimming rested this morning, and it didn’t even matter as the Australians raced to the top seed by a wide margin. Nick McKendry, Kenneth To, Jayden Hadler and Matt Abood put up a time of 3:16.91 this morning to top qualifying by nearly two seconds. That left James Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy on the bench, resting up for finals tonight. England (3:18.83) and Scotland (3:19.60) qualified second and third with Scotland taking down the Scottish record.

Here are your finalists:
Australia – 3:16.91
England – 3:18.83
Scotland – 3:19.60
South Africa – 3:19.97
Canada – 3:20.49
New Zealand – 3:20.94
Singapore – 3:22.66
Wales – 3:22.95

When available, full results will be here: