Kylie Masse and Australia’s Men’s 4×100 Free Relay Break Games Records In Heats at Commonwealth Games

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The second morning of swimming from the 2018 Commonwealth Games featured the likes of superstars Adam PeatyCate CampbellKylie Masse and Emily Seebohm as Masse broke a Games Record in the 100 back heats. Campbell also showed no signs of slowing down as she had the fastest time in the 50 free heats, and Peaty also cruised to the top spot in the 100 breast.

Duncan Scott and Clyde Lewis will also have the top spot in the finals of the 200 free and the 400 IM tonight.

The Australian men continued the strong sprint presence that the Australian women had last night, as the men broke the Games Record in the 4×100 free relay on Friday morning in the Gold Coast.


Men’s 200 Free

WR: 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann, Germany (2009)
CR: 1:44.06, Ian Thorpe, Australia (2001)
GR: 1:44.71, Ian Thorpe, Australia (2002)

The Brits came to play in the 200 free heats on Friday morning in the Gold Coast at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. They will all be representing different nations as Scotland’s Duncan Scott (1:46.62), England’s James Guy (1:47.04) and Wales’ Calum Jarvis (1:47.08) are seeded 1-2-3 in the 200 free.

Scotland has not won the 200 free at the Commonwealth Games since Robbie Renwick in 2010 and England has not won since Ross Davenport in 2006. Wales has never won the gold in the 200 free at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia also will have three finalists as Kyle Chalmers (1:47.10), Alexander Graham (1:47.10) and Mack Horton (1:47.89) qualified for the final. Horton is coming off a gold medal in the 400 free last night.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos (1:47.37) and Scotland’s Stephen Milne (1:48.08) will also swim in the stacked final.

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Women’s 50 Free

WR: 23.67, Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2017)
CR: 23.79, Cate Campbell, Australia (2018)
GR: 23.96, Francesca Halsall, England (2014)

The Australian women have showed no signs of slowing down as Cate Campbell (24.24), Shayna Jack (24.50) and Bronte Campbell (24.87) were the only swimmers to break 25 seconds in the 50 free heats on Friday morning at the Commonwealth Games. The three swimmers are fresh off a World Record last night in the 4×100 free relay.

The top 16 swimmers will advance to the semis on Friday night as there was plenty of room to make it back tonight. Canada’s Taylor Ruck qualified fourth (25.13) as she is fresh off a 200 free gold medal last night and a 51.8 split in the relay as well.

South Africa’s Erin Gallagher (25.21), England’s Anna Hopkin (25.29), Canada’s Kayla Sanchez (25.47) and South Africa’s Emma Chelius (25.62) also placed in the top eight this morning.

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Men’s 100 Breast

WR: 57.13, Adam Peaty, Great Britain (2016)
CR: 57.13, Adam Peaty, England (2016)
GR: 58.94, Adam Peaty, England (2014)

England continued its strong morning with superstar Adam Peaty leading the way in the 100 breast heats with a smooth 59.14 on Friday morning in Australia. Peaty is first ahead of teammate James Wilby 200 breast gold (59.80) who is fresh off a last night.

South Africa’s Cameron Van der Burgh (1:00.20) who won the title in 2010 is third seed ahead of Australia’s Jake Packard (1:00.29) who swam his first major international meet since the 2016 Olympics. He is tied for fourth with fellow Aussie Matt Wilson.

Scotland’s Ross Murdoch (1:00.92) and Craig Benson (1:01.63) are also in the top eight as well as England’s Andrew Willis (1:01.13).

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Women’s 100 Back

WR: 58.10, Kylie Masse, Canada (2017)
CR: 58.10, Kylie Masse, Canada (2017)
GR: 59.37, Emily Seebohm, Australia (2014)

Canadian world record holder Kylie Masse broke the Games Record in the heats of the 100 back as she swam a 58.70 on Friday morning in Australia. Masse broke the Games Record that Emily Seebohm set in 2014 at 59.37 in Glasgow. Seebohm was also under that swim this morning with a 58.91. Both Seebohm and Masse were under world record pace at 50 meters, so the record could be in jeopardy Saturday night.

England’s Elizabeth Simmonds (1:00.49) and Wales’ Georgia Davies (1:00.57) showed their veteran status this morning as they placed third and fourth behind the two superstars.

This event will have semi-finals so the top 16 will go through to Friday’s semis. Up-and-comers Kaylee McKeown (1:00.65) of Australia and Taylor Ruck (1:00.72) of Canada also qualified for the semis with relaxed heat swims.

Australia’s Hayley Baker (1:00.82) and England’s Jess Fullalove (1:01.04) also placed in the top eight.

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Men’s 400 IM

WR: 4:03.84, Michael Phelps, United States (2008)
CR: 4:09.62, Max Litchfield, England (2017)
GR: 4:11.04, Dan Wallace, Scotland (2014)

The men’s 400 IM will be wide open tonight as there is no clear favorite in the event as the big favorites Tom Fraser-Holmes of Australia and Max Litchfield of England could not make it to Australia due to various reasons.

That leaves the door wide open for someone like Clyde Lewis of Australia as he swam a 4:17.25 in the heats to lead the way. Australia hasn’t had a 400 IM gold medalist since Justin Norris won in 2002.

South Africa’s Ayrton Sweeney (4:18.08) and Scotland’s Mark Szaranek (4:18.47) are right behind Lewis. South Africa and Scotland were the last two nations to win gold medals in the 400 IM at the Commonwealth Games.

Canada’s Tristan Cote (4:18.73), New Zealand’s Bradlee Ashby (4:18.83), Lewis Clareburt (4:19.16), Australia’s Travis Mahoney (4:19.17) and England’s Joe Litchfield (4:21.34) will also swim in the wide open final.

Litchfield is the younger brother of current Commonwealth Record holder Max Litchfield, who had to sit out of the Games.

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Women’s S9 100 Back

WR: 1:07.66, Alice Tai, Great Britain (2017)

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Men’s S9 100 Free

WR: 54.18, Rowan Crothers, Australia (2014)

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Men’s 4×100 Free Relay

WR: 3:08.32, United States, 2008
CR: 3:09.91, Australia, 2008
GR: 3:13.44, Australia, 2014

The Australian men broke their Games Record with a 3:12.72 in the 4×100 free relay on Friday morning in the Gold Coast. The Aussies swam without Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers, who will swim in the final tonight. The Aussies sent Cameron McEvoy (48.63), James Magnussen (47.87), Jack Cartwright (47.74) and James Roberts (48.48) out to the pool as the Australian commentators indicated Chalmers will take the final spot in the relay for tonight.

The Australians broke the Games Record of 3:13.44 from 2014 and should have a lot left in the tank for the final.

Australia easily qualified quickest as Scotland (3:16.53) and New Zealand (3:17.96) followed them.

England (3:17.99), Canada (3:19.30), Northern Ireland (3:19.57), South Africa (3:21.50) and Sri Lanka (3:22.84) will also swim in the final tonight.

A lot of notable names were absent this morning in the relays as Scotland’s Duncan Scott, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and England’s Ben Proud could be added to the night-time relays to maybe put more pressure on the home favorite Australians.

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