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Aussie Trials 2021 Recap

18 June 2021

Brendon Smith and Zac Incerti have cemented their place for Tokyo

Massive elation at Funky HQ to see 4 of our Aussie F-Teamers announced on the Australian team last night. It's second time round for Jack McLoughlin who had a huge program (as usual) and cements himself as Australia's premier male distance swimmer. Then there's Zac Incerti who has overcome crippling back injuries to take his place in one of the most hotly contest events. The depth of male sprint freestyle in Australia is awesome at the moment and for Zac to be placed so high amongst them is a testament to his perseverance. And Brendon Smith with his incredible individual medley! What swimming by Brendon to be amongst the best in the world. We've now got a potential showdown with Kiwi F-Teamer and NY Breakers teammate Lewis Clareburt in Tokyo! And finally, the unbelievable rise of youngster Isaac Cooper. With the improvements he has been making every time he hits the water, who knows what he can produce when he gets to Tokyo. It's going to be massive to watch and we'll keep you posted on the journey to Tokyo. For now here's a quick wrap up of trials.

The excitement kicked off on Day 1 with Brendon Smith, who managed to slip out of Melbourne before Covid restrictions set in, lighting up the 400m IM field with a new Australian record of 4:10.04, swimming fast enough to secure his ticket to Tokyo and place him 5th in the current world rankings. He locked in a second individual event for Tokyo by coming second on the 5th night of finals in the 200m IM, second to Mitch Larkin who is currently ranked third in the world.

Isaac Cooper and Jack McLoughlin in their APEX Predator suits

All eyes were on the 400m Freestyle final with Chandler's Jack McLoughlin up against the biggest names in swimming - Mack Horton and Elijah Winnington. Jack had an outstanding swim, shaving a second off of his PB to finish in 3:43.27, under the qualifying time and in second place. Jack returned to the pool two nights later for what was arguably the swim of his life in the 800m Freestyle final. Blitzing the competition, Jack locked in his opportunity for a second individual swim in Tokyo, confirming that the 800 is his main event. Jack is in excellent form heading to Tokyo saying that 'this 800 felt so much better than my 800 at World Champs where I swam a 7:42.' And finally the 1500m for Jack on the last night which he won with a 14:52. He'll be looking to get straight back in the training pool to get ready for a very busy program when he gets to Tokyo.

Young gun Isaac Cooper caught the world's attention at age 17 with his lightning fast 100m Backstroke swim in the final on Sunday night. Isaac finished a mere .09 behind decorated Olympian Mitch Larkin, and the qualifying time, to win silver and put himself on the team.

On the third night of competition, 14-year-old Ike Martinez's 2:02.94 swim in the B Final of the 200m Butterfly placed him just behind swimming legends Ian Thorpe and Funky Trunks' own Jayden Hadler on the 14-Year-Old Boys All Time Top Ten Rankings.

Para veterans Blake Cochrane and Jacob Templeton's hard work and perseverance resulted in both swimmers achieving qualifying times, however they just missed out with the Para team having access to a limited number of slots in Tokyo.

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