Grant Irvine has provided selectors with a timely reminder
of his abilities after the 28 year-old claimed second place in men’s 200m fly
On night three of finals at the 2019 Australian Selection
Trials, Irvine went head to head with long-term rival and fellow Australian
Dolphins team member David Morgan in the event widely regarded as the most physically
taxing on the swimming roster.
Having relocated to Perth from Brisbane to work with Michael Palfery and the UWA West Coast
club ahead of the 2019 domestic season, Irvine had an interrupted preparation
after shoulder surgery and rehab had curbed his national championship campaign
in Adelaide in April.
Back the familiar surrounds of Brisbane however, Irvine
showed he is nearing his best, clocking 1:55.89 for second place behind Morgan
Morgan earned himself an automatic qualifying time for the
July’s World Championships in Korea, whilst Irvine’s time was just under a
third of a second short of the standard. A strong swim in the 100m fly could further
strengthen the Commonwealth medallist’s claims.
His club training mate Nicholas
Brown faded in the back 50 to slip from contention, finishing fourth in
1:57.31. Brown made his Dolphins debut at last year’s World Short Course
Championships in China.
The women’s 200m freestyle final was red-hot as expected,
with Emma McKeon winning it in 1:54.55 ahead of Ariarne Titmus (1:55.09). Both
women were well under the automatic qualifying time, whilst Shayna Jack
(1:56.37) and WA’s Brianna Throssell (1:56.62) were right on the fringe too, suggesting Australia is set to form a formidable
4x200 freestyle relay team at this year’s world titles.
In day four morning heats, Throssell and dual Olympian Blair Evans both topped the qualifying
times in their respective events ahead of tonight’s finals.
Throssell will battle Laura Taylor and a required time of
2:07.82 in the 200m fly final, whilst Evans is the top seed in the women’s 400m
Throssell swam a conservative 2:10.90 in qualification, but
will need to go faster than her time of 2:08.82 in last year’s Commonwealth Games
final on the Gold Coast if she’s to meet the automatic benchmark.
Evans swam 4:44.98 this morning and will need to drop under
4:37.14 for automatic selection. Evans clocked 4:41.97 for bronze at April’s
Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide.
19 year-old Ashton
Brinkworth qualified sixth fastest for tonight’s blue riband men’s 100m
freestyle final which is headlined by Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers who swam
an imposing 47.91 in qualifying.
That time was easily under the 48.31 automatic qualifying
banner and was nearly a second lower than second seed Cam McEvoy (48.75).
Brinkworth – who earned World University Games selection at
this year’s Australian Championships – clocked 49.31 and will be hoping to
elevate himself higher than sixth seed in the final, with relay calculations
Regardless, the UWA West Coast swimmer has had a highly
impressive domestic season to date.
There was frustration for his club mate Zac Incerti, who was disqualified in his heat, meaning he’ll miss
the 100m free final.