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18 July 2021
RECAP: Australian Swimming Trials
#TeamSpeedo Athletes going head-to-head this week in Adelaide. All the latest news from the Australian Swimming Trials.
SATURDAY 12th JUNE
Saturday finals session kicked off with Emma McKeon smashing the Commonwealth Record for 100m Butterfly followed by Elijah Winnington winning the race of his life so far in the 400m Freestyle both posting the fastest times in the World this year. Zac Stubblety-Cook won the 100 Breaststroke just outside qualifying time but winning this event will ensure him a ticket to Tokyo for the relay.
With the highs, came the lows . Brianna Throssell missed the Olympic qualifying time by 1/100th of a second and our Team Speedo Olympic Champion , Mack Horton came 3rd behind Elijah making it impossible to retain his Olympic title. “Gracious in defeat”, our all-time favourite personality trait, Mack had nothing but praise for Elijah which is the sort of Ambassador representation our brand is so proud of. We hope one day he looks back and realises that Australia’s future Olympians are inspired by Australia’s previous Olympic Champions and the field he was racing were all inspired by his Rio performance.
SUNDAY 13th JUNE
Sunday finals session began with Kaylee McKeown breaking the WORLD RECORD for 100m backstroke followed by Ariarne Titmus breaking her own Commonwealth Record in 400 Freestyle – the fastest time in the world this year. Elijah Winnington and Tommy Neill powered through in the 200 Freestyle coming 2nd and 3rd , Elijah booking an individual spot in Tokyo and Tommy booking a relay spot. Mack Horton came 6th but he will have a nervous few days waiting to see if selectors decide to take him to Tokyo for the relay.
In conclusion so far- we have 4 Ambassadors who are ranked Number 1 in the World today!
MONDAY 14th JUNE
Day 3 finals! Another night where Ariarne Titmus had the crowd on their feet swimming the 200m freestyle in the 2nd fastest time in history. This is particularly exciting as the fastest time ever was back in the 2009 super suit days! Emma McKeon came in 2nd but definitely helped Ariarne through the first 100 by setting the fast pace needed at the front of a race. Another time which ranks #1 in the world this year.
Kaylee McKeown easily won the 200 Medley posting a qualifying time which is also the fastest time in the world this year. At this meet so far, Team Speedo Australia now have 6 events where we are ranked fastest in the world this year!
Tommy Neill narrowly missed qualifying in the 800m Freestyle in a personal best. As he will be selected for the relay, he will more than likely swim the event in Tokyo as there is a spot left for Australian swimmer. Mack Horton’s last shot at an individual event in Tokyo didn’t come to fruition but it was a brave attempt coming in 5th. Elijah Winnington was a last-minute withdrawal as he has secured his spot in his favoured events.
TUESDAY 15th JUNE
Big queues to get into the venue on a rainy night 4 as the session included the “blue ribbon” Men’s 100 freestyle. Crowds filled the seats with local boy and defending Olympic Champion, Kyle Chalmers winning in style. Our Team Speedo Clyde Lewis just missed out on top 6 which may not be enough for Olympic selection.
Team Speedo’s Zac Stubblety- Cook posted yet another Team Speedo “fastest time in the World this year “ winning the 200 Breaststroke in a Commonwealth Record narrowly missing the World Record. Matt Wilson came in 2nd agonisingly missing the Olympic Qualifying time for the second time in his Olympic Trials history.
Brianna Throssell won her pet event 200m Butterfly qualifying for her 2nd Olympics with our youngest Team Speedo Ambassador, Lizzy Dekkers missing the qualifying time by tenths of a second. She will have learned so much from the experience but will still bitterly disappointed but what a future she will have. Laura Taylor found some form by swimming the fastest time since winning her Silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games but also narrowly missed the qualifying time.
In summary, a great night but also a night of disappointed athletes. Sport isn’t all “pretty roses and moments of glory” ! Athletes have to have lows to realise what Sport means to them and I am sure we will see the likes of Clyde, Matt, Laura and Lizzy bounce back from this and make statements at next years Commonwealth Games.
WEDNESDAY 16th JUNE
Big day in terms of Olympic and Paralympic announcements!
Firstly, the New Zealand Olympic Swimming Team was announced with 17-year-old Team Speedo’s Erika Fairweather now officially on the Team after first swimming the qualifying time last December. As qualifiers of this Team were all in different places on announcement day, Erika’s school put on a huge Olympic Day to celebrate her achievement.
Next was the announcement of the Australian Paralympic Team after the conclusion of their trials last night in Adelaide. Suki Brownsdon and James Hickman were there representing our brand as of course, we are providing all the swimmers with their Fastskin race suits, caps, goggles and training wear for Tokyo. There was only 1 swimmer physically absent from the line-up. Col Pearse, our Team Speedo Paralympian couldn’t leave Melbourne in time to compete but as he had done the qualifying time earlier in the year, the selectors were able to add him to the Team.
It is hard to believe there is only one more day of trials. The Olympic Team spots are filling up fast and last night, Emma McKeon booked an individual spot in 100m Freestyle in fine style. Swimming close to the Commonwealth Record in the heats, she was a little slower at night but with the finals being in the morning in Tokyo, she knows she can swim fast early in the day. 17-year-old Tom Hauck had 2 finals in the session and is showing his versatility across so many events. We look forward to what he will achieve in the next few years.
Tonight, the Australian Olympic Team will be announced and myself and James will be there again representing Speedo as proud official suppliers to the AOC.
THURSDAY 17th JUNE
In the last session of the Olympic Trials, Ariarne Titmus snipped some time off her own Australian Record in the 800 Freestyle and Emma McKeon touched the wall first in the 50 Freestyle both adding events to their already busy Tokyo schedules.
We then had the agonising, yet exciting wait for The Australian Olympic Committee to name 35 swimmers who will be representing Australia in Tokyo at the Games.
9 Team Speedo swimmers were on that list. 6 will be going to their first Games: Elijah Winnington, Ariarne Titmus, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Kaylee McKeown, Tommy Neill and Matt Wilson. 3 are off to their second: Mack Horton, Brianna Throssell and Emma McKeon.
Swimming Australia have a Team orientation day today and as official suppliers to the Australian Olympic Team, Speedo will be attending to capture final sizes for race suits and training suits and preferences of race caps and goggles.
We congratulate each and every swimmer on the Team and look forward to the not only wearing the “Green and Gold“ but that “Green and Gold” being SPEEDO.
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