The Commonwealth and Australian record holder in the Women’s 100m Freestyle, Knox Pymble’s Cate Campbell,made her first appearance at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials on Thursday morning.
Recording sub 53 seconds in the 100m free heats, Campbell (52.87), along with Griffith University’s Emma McKeon (53.06), already posted swims under the world championship qualifying time of 53.20. In what is sure to be a fierce field in tonight’s final, St Peters Western’s Shayna Jack (53.21) also secured herself a centre lane, while Marion’s Madison Wilson (53.88) and Knox Pymble’s Bronte Campbell (53.93) will provide tough competition from lanes two and six.
Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western) returned to the Brisbane Aquatic Centre this morning after his record-breaking swim in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley last night, and will head into the Men’s 200m Backstroke as the favourite after posting the fastest heat swim (1:58.11). The winner of the 100m backstroke will have competition from Melbourne Vicentre’sJorden Merrilees (1:59.47) and Mingara Aquatic’s Bradley Woodward (1:59.97), who will be swimming alongside him after posting the second and third fastest times respectively.
After smashing his personal best time and breaking the Commonwealth record at national champs in April, SOPAC’s Matthew Wilson posted 2:10.06 in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke on Thursday. West Brisbane’s Zac Stubblety-Cook, who has been undertaking altitude training with coach Vince Raleigh, looked damaging in the heats, recording a strong time of 2:10.68, while Melbourne Vicentre’s Daniel Cave (2:13.15) will also be striving for the qualifying time of 2:08.80.
Griffith University’s Taylor McKeown clocked a time of 2:26.84 in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke to see her claim pole position for this evening’s finals hit out. This year’s national champ, Bond’s Jenna Strauch placed second in 2:27.73, while Nunawading’s Jess Hansen also secured her spot in the final eight, touching in 2:28.81. With the world championship qualifying time set at 2:23.81, all competitors will need to up their speed in order to lock down a spot on the world champs team.
One timed final was swum for the Men’s 1500m Freestyle, with the second and last timed final to be completed tonightduring the finals session.
The fifth night of finals kicks off from the Brisbane Aquatic Centre at 6pm AEST, with Para GP events scheduled to start beforehand at 4:30pm. Click here to find out how you can watch all the action for FREE via Swimming Australia’s iSwim app.