2022 Swimming News: Samuel Short passes out at national trials, Commonwealth Games team

Samuel Short’s family were in tears after the swimmer missed qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games after a colossal mistake.

Australian swimmer Samuel Short qualified for this year’s FINA World Championships in Budapest and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham despite suffering a monumental cerebral blackout during the national trials on Sunday night.

The 18-year-old was comfortably leading the men’s 1500m final at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Center in Adelaide, apparently able to finish under the required qualifying time.

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But two laps from the end, Short stopped suddenly at the penultimate corner of 1400m, mistakenly believing that he had finished the race.

A poolside official frantically rang the bell in Short’s ear, prompting the teenager to complete the final two laps and record a time of 15:05.55, missing the qualifying time by less than a second .

The blunder cost him around five seconds, meaning he would have comfortably beaten the qualifying time had it not been for his miscalculation.

Short had already qualified for the world championship team in the 800m freestyle, but the Queenslander had to wait nervously to find out if he would be chosen for the Commonwealth Games.

“It might actually affect it in the Commonwealth Games,” an Amazon Prime commenter explained. “The 800m freestyle is not a Comm Games event.

“He is now in the hands of the Comm Games team selectors.

“What a heartbreak…he probably feels embarrassed.”

Short screamed in frustration after the event, while members of Short’s family were seen crying in the stands.

“I was pretty tired walking in today,” he told Amazon Prime. “I thought I was going to cross the line, but I was quite tired.”

Alec Mander was second in the men’s 1500m final with a time of 15:15.02, while Kieren Pollard was third in 15:16.39.

Fortunately, Dolphins head coach Rohan Taylor later reassured Short that his time from last year’s tryouts was enough to qualify him for the team.

Short was named to Australia’s 46-man Commonwealth Games squad after placing third in the men’s 400m freestyle earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Olympic heroine Ariarne Titmus swam to break the women’s 400m freestyle world record during national trials, slashing the previous record set by American rival Katie Ledecky at the Olympics by 0.06. from Rio.

Australia’s swimming team for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Ben Armbruster (Bond Swimming, Queensland)

Grayson Bell (Somerset, Queensland)

Kyle Chalmers (Marion, South Africa)

Isaac Cooper (Rackley Swim Team, Queensland)

Joshua Edwards-Smith (Griffith University, Queensland)

Bowen Gough (Griffith University, Queensland)

Mack Horton (Griffith University, Queensland)

Zac Incerti (Marion, SA)

Mitch Larkin (Chandler, Queensland)

Se-Bom Lee (Carlile, New South Wales)

Thomas Nowakowski (Somerset, Queensland)

Kieran Pollard (North Coast, WA)

Sam Short (Rackley Swim Team, QLD)

Cody Simpson (Griffith University, Queensland)

Brendon Smith (Griffith University, Queensland)

Flynn Southam (Tweed Heads, New South Wales)

Zac Stubblety-Cook (Chandler, QLD)

Matt Temple (Marion, South Africa)

Brad Woodward (Mingara, New South Wales)

Sam Williamson (Melbourne Vicentre, VIC)

Matt Wilson (SOPAC, VIC)

Elijah Winnington (St Peters Western, Queensland)

Josh Yong (USC Spartans, Queensland)

William Yang (Loreto Normanhurst, New South Wales)

Minna Atherton (Bond Swimming, Queensland)

Holly Barratt (Rockingham, Washington)

Abbey Connor (Workers of Revesby, New South Wales)

Elizabeth Dekkers (Newmarket Racers, Queensland)

Jenna Forrester (St Peters Western, Queensland)

Abbey Harkin (St Peters Western, Queensland)

Meg Harris (Marion, South Africa)

Chelsea Hodges (Southport, Queensland)

Shayna Jack (St Peters Western, Queensland)

Bronte Job (Rackley Swim Team, QLD)

Emma McKeon (Griffith University, Queensland)

Kaylee McKeown (Griffith University, Queensland)

Taylor McKeown (Griffith University, Queensland)

Kiah Melverton (St Peters Western, Queensland)

Mollie O’Callaghan (St Peters Western, Queensland)

Lani Pallister (Griffith University, Queensland)

Alexandria Perkins (St Peters Western, Queensland)

Ella Ramsay (St Peters Western, Queensland)

Jenna Strauch (Miami, Queensland)

Brianna Throssell (USC Spartans, Queensland)

Ariarne Titmus (St Peters Western, Queensland)

Madi Wilson (Marion, SA).