World champion Emily Seebohm and Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers will headline the second night of finals at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre this evening.
Swimming sub one minute in the Women’s 100m Backstroke heats on Monday morning, Brisbane Grammar’s Minna Atherton will head into tonight’s final as the one to beat. Cruising to the wall in a personal best time of 59.25, she achieved the world championship qualifying time and equalled the fourth-fastest Australian time set by young, USC Spartan Kaylee McKeown. McKeown also backed up her performance from last night in the 200m individual medley to qualify for her second final of the meet in 1:00.74, along with Australian record holder, Brisbane Grammar’s Emily Seebohm (1:00.26), who is gunning for her seventh world champs team.
In one of the most stacked and talented finals of the meet, Kyle Chalmers (Marion), Alex Graham (Bond), Cam McEvoy(TSS Aquatics), Clyde Lewis (St Peters Western), Mack Horton (Melbourne Vicentre), Jack McLoughlin (Chandler), Elijah Winnington (Bond) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (Griffith University) will all vie for a world championship spot in the Men’s 200m Freestyle. Recording a time of 1:46.14, Graham has already proved he can swim under the qualifying time, while Chalmers (1:46.35) and Lewis (1:47.10) followed narrowly behind and will join him in the centre lanes.
Sending a statement to the rest of the competition in the Men’s 100m Backstroke, current Commonwealth record holder Mitch Larkin clocked an impressive time of 53.18 to qualify first in tonight’s final. Breaking away from the pack at the turn, the 2015 world champion will face tough competition in Bradley Woodward (Mingara Aquatic) who recorded 54.75 and Marion’s Travis Mahoney (55.04).
Strong heat swims from Nunawading’s Jess Hansen and Griffith University’s Georgia Bohl will see them battle it out in the centre lanes of the Women’s 100m Breaststroke final.Posting times of 1:07.33 and 1:07.94 respectively, they’ll also have Bond’s Jenna Strauch for company after she clocked a time of 1:08.73, as well as recent national champ Abbey Harkin (St Peters Western) who recorded 1:09.08.
Two timed finals were swum for the Women’s 1500m Freestyle, with the third and last timed final to be swum tonight.
The second night of finals kicks off from the Brisbane Aquatic Centre at 6pm AEST. Click here to find out how you can watch all the action for FREE via Swimming Australia’s iSwim app.