Cameron McEvoy has claimed 200m freestyle gold in one of the fastest national final fields seen at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games trials in Brisbane.
Maybe it’s a good thing champion swimmer Cameron McEvoy’s mum is a psychologist.
Because McEvoy is almost doing his head in figuring out his pet event despite claiming gold in Brisbane on Wednesday night in one of the fastest national 200m freestyle final fields seen.
McEvoy, 19, clocked a personal best one minute, 47.20 seconds – placing him equal second on the Australian all-time rankings behind only Ian Thorpe (1:44.06).
He booked a Glasgow Commonwealth Games ticket along with defending champion Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:45.58) and David McKeon (1:46.37) – times that also placed them in Australia’s all-time top 10.
Mack Horton, 17, was fifth in a world junior record time of 1:47.36.
McEvoy featured in both the 100m and 200m freestyle relay teams at the London Olympics, becoming unwittingly embroiled in the “Stilnox Six” bonding controversy.
However, McEvoy reckoned he was no closer to working out what distance he preferred.
“I don’t know,” he said.
“I have always said if you can go 1min:44sec in a 200 that’s world class and I am nearly there.
“But for our 4x200m relay team it looks awesome (for Glasgow). Most people in that final did a PB.”
McEvoy is already utilising his mum’s skills come race time.
“The worst thing in swimming is that you can have all the self belief you can gather up but if you start thinking about the other guys next to you, you start doubting yourself,” he said.
“But my mum’s a psychologist so I probably psychoanalyse myself, see what is happening.
“Having her as a psychologist and a mum is awesome.”
Fraser-Holmes (4:10.68) backed up to win the men’s 400m individual medley, just missing out on his PB and Commonwealth record (4:10.14).
Meanwhile, Cate Campbell clocked a scorching 24.13 to top the 50m women’s freestyle semi-finals ahead of younger sister Bronte (24.60).
Cate Campbell was faster than her time that claimed 2013 world titles silver and would have also claimed second in the London Olympic 50m decider.
She has Libby Trickett’s national record of 23.97 in her sights ahead of Thursday night’s final.
She is making up for lost time ahead of Glasgow after being forced to withdraw from the Delhi 2010 Games due to illness.
“It has been a massive goal of mine ever since I can remember,” Campbell said.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel Romeo (23.83sec) claimed men’s 50m butterfly gold ahead of 15-year-old Kyle Chalmers (24.03 PB), son of ex-Port Adelaide ruckman Brett.
Leiston Pickett (30.89) defended her women’s 50m breaststroke title.