Two Months After Signaling Retirement, 18-12 months-Outdated Abbey Connor Resurfaces in Peak Kind



Two months after showing to retire from aggressive swimming, Abbey Connor has resurfaced on the 2023 Australian World Championship Trials this week with out lacking a beat.

The 18-year-old certified second for the ladies’s 200 butterfly remaining on Friday night time with a time of two:08.46, only a tenth of a second off her personal-best 2:08.36 from final yr’s Commonwealth Video games. Connor reached the wall solely about half a second behind 19-year-old Elizabeth Dekkers in prelims on Friday morning, greater than two seconds forward of two-time Olympian Brianna Throssell (2:10.50).


  • World Document: 2:01.81, Liu Zige (2009)
  • Commonwealth Document: 2:03.41, Jessicah Schipper (2009)
  • Australian Document: 2:03.41, Jessicah Schipper (2009)
  • All Comers Document: 2:05.41, Madeline Groves (2015)
  • Swimming Australia QT: 2:07.89
  • World Aquatics ‘A’ Reduce: 2:09.21

High 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Elizabeth Dekkers – 2:07.94
  2. Abbey Connor – 2:08.46
  3. Brianna Throssell – 2:10.50
  4. Bella Grant – 2:10.77
  5. Laura Taylor – 2:12.35
  6. Brittany Castelluzzo – 2:12.73
  7. Kayla Hardy – 2:13.99
  8. Rafaela Kopellou – 2:14.25

Connor might want to drop one other .57 seconds throughout tonight’s remaining with a view to hit Swimming Australia’s qualifying time of two:07.89.

Earlier within the week, she positioned sixth within the 100 fly with a personal-best 58.69, shaving over a second off her previous-best 59.81 from final April.

This previous April, Connor signaled her retirement from the game when she posted on Instagram in a now-deleted put up thanking her pals, household, docs, and coach for his or her assist whereas including “so long swimming” on the finish.

“All I can say is thanks to each single one that has been with me on this wild, wild trip,” wrote Connor, who trains with coach Alex Clarke on the Revesby Employees Swim Membership. “To the individuals behind the scenes, my household, my coach, physios/docs and pals, your unconditional assist was unbelievable and provoking. You all deserve the world and a lot extra. So long swimming.”

Final yr, Connor shaved almost a second and a half off her finest 200-meter butterfly time at Australian Trials, incomes a runner-up end in 2:08.58 behind Dekkers (2:07.62). In August, Connor made her Commonwealth Video games debut, clocking a personal-best 2:08.36 and lacking out on the bronze medal by simply .04 seconds behind the 27-year-old Throssell. Dekkers topped the rostrum in 2:07.26.

Connor burst onto the nationwide scene in March of 2021 when the then-15-year-old went 2:12.60 within the 200 fly on the NSW State Age Championships, decreasing an age file set by Michelle Ford means again in 1978. A yr later, she was chosen to signify Australia on the World Junior Open Water Championships within the Seychelles.


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