Brendan Smith in the 200-metre medley. (Photo: Delly Carr)

Brendon Smith has won the 200-metre medley at the Australian National Championships in Adelaide, continuing his dominance in the medley events.

It has been an impressive 12 months for Brendon Smith since first becoming a member of the senior Australian Dolphins squad in 2021.

His strong form since winning a Bronze medal in the 400 Medley in Tokyo is continuing despite big changes in his program.

Since returning from Tokyo, Smith has relocated from Victoria to the Gold Coast. Now swimming at Griffith University under Australian swimming coaching royalty Michael Bohl. It has been a new direction for Smith who had to make the change due to his previous coach Wayne Lawes stepping away from the sport.

“It’s my first season with Michael Bohl, He (Bohl) is the best in the business, there is a really great group there,” Smith told The Inner Sanctum post-race in Adelaide.

“He (Bohl) is really close with Wayne (Lawes), there is a lot of communication there and Wayne is still here at this meet so it has been really positive.”

Competing in the 200 and 400 metre Medley in the Australian Swimming National Championships in Adelaide this week, Smith has booked his place for the World Championships in Budapest in June and the Commonwealth Games in July by winning the 200-metre medley.

Smith swam a 1:58.59 to win the 200-metre individual medley Australian Championship, just touching ahead of Se-Bom Lee who swam a 1:59.48. For Smith, the swim was already a new personal best time on his previous best he set in Adelaide for the Olympic trials where he swam a 1:58.82.

“I was happy with that, it was right on PB [personal best], I can’t ask for much more than that,” he said.

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Smith swam the 200-metre medley in his typical fashion for the final, with a back-end heavy swim. He touched third after the Butterfly leg and started to make up time in the backstroke.

It was the breaststroke leg of the swim where he really began to make his statement. Knowing his competitor Se-Bom Lee is strong in breaststroke, Smith swam on the opposite side of the lane. This allowed him to swim that length with fewer waves and focus on technically getting the breaststroke length right.

“Skills for me are a big thing, I think there are a lot of turns that have room to improve. Strategically there are things I could change, but on the whole pretty happy with the performance,” Smith said.

The tactic worked and at the last turn Smith touched the wall first, there were 50 metres left to swim. Coming out of the turn Smith put together an impressive 50 metres of Freestyle, using his long-stroke ability to take the win.

Smith will be back in action tonight, after qualifying fastest in the 400 medley heats earlier today.

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