Despite shocking his rivals in an unknown ordeal during trials, Cody Simpson’s path to the Paris Olympics has suffered a setback. Discover the complete team for the next big Australian meeting.
Pop star Cody Simpson missed out on qualifying for the World Short Course Championships team, but with just 36 spots up for grabs, head coach Rohan Taylor said it was a close call.
Simpson failed to stun the field in his butterfly or freestyle races at the National Short Course Trials, held in Sydney last week, but he put in a surprise performance to be the first Australian at home in the men’s 100m individual medley on the final evening. race.
It was only his third time at the event and after missing the World Championships in Budapest earlier this year, Simpson had hoped the performance would be enough to secure him a place in the team.
“He was in and around the mark for some stints, but he had to be inside FINA (qualifying) and in the top two of the individual events to really get a glimpse,” Taylor said.
The 36-person squad includes 22 athletes who have competed at the FINA World Championships in Budapest or the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, including Emma McKeon, Mollie O’Callaghan, Kyle Chalmers and rising middle-distance swimmer Lani Pallister .
With Ariarne Titmus not competing and America’s queen of swimming Katie Ledecky, a Pallister from afar could be in for an impressive home encounter.
“Lani is definitely on the right trajectory,” Taylor said.
“She did a great job at Worlds before she went down with Covid-19 and then recovered and did a great job at the Commonwealth Games.
“She’s young, she’s talented and she works hard – all key attributes that make a great athlete and it’s great to see her doing so well. She has high expectations and high goals.
Nine rookies will have the rare opportunity to make their senior national team debuts in front of a home crowd.
Among the rookies to watch are Kayla Hardy and Mikayla Smith.
Hardy is a medley, who put in an impressive performance in the 400 medley – one of the most grueling races in short course competition.
“It’s exciting to see medleys come through, our medley stocks are pretty thin so it will be good to see what she can do with this opportunity,” Taylor said.
Smith is the sister of Commonwealth Games 400m IM silver medalist Brendon Smith.
“She’s been around for a while, on junior youth teams and for her to break into the 200 breaststroke has been fantastic,” Taylor said.
A number of American swimmers, including Beata Nelson, stayed on after the recent Duel in the Pool event to compete in the short course trials.
They have beaten the Australians at home in a number of races.
Taylor said it sets the standard and gives coaches and swimmers a good idea of where they need to go at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“They’re the ones you know we want to be equals,” Taylor said.
“It’s no surprise that their talent is exceptional. I think we had them in a few events, but some events were their highlights.
“It shows us what the highest level looks like and gives our athletes a taste of it.
“They will obviously bring a strong team to the world championships and we’ll see where we play them and what we need to do over the next few years to close the gap.”
The event, which will be held in Melbourne from December 13-18, will have special meaning for Victorian athletes including Mack Horton, Jenna Strauch, Matt Temple, Sam Williamson, David Schlicht and Brendon and Mikayla Smith.
Taylor will be supported by team coaches Michael Bohl, Dean Boxall, Craig Jackson, Amanda Isaac, Damien Jones, Richard Scarce and Adam Kable.
2022 Australian Dolphins World Short Course Championships squad
Minna Atherton (Bond)
Grayson Bell (Somerset)
Brittany Castelluzzo (Tea Tree Gully)*
Shaun Champion (Abbotsled)*
Isaac Cooper (Bundaberg)
Lizzy Dekkers (Newmarket Runners)
Alexander Grant (Miami)*
Kayla Hardy (Cruiz)*
Ty Hartwell (Chandler)*
Chelsea Hodges (Southport)
Mack Horton (Griffith University)
Se-Bom Lee (Carlile)
Clyde Lewis (Griffith University)
Emma McKeon (Griffith University)
Kaylee McKeown (Griffith University)
Emilie Muir (Griffith University)*
Leah Neale (Chandler)
Tommy Neill (Rackley centenarian)
Mollie O’Callaghan (St Peters Western)
Lani Pallister (Griffith University)
Alex Perkins (USC Spartans)
Jamie Perkins (St Peters Western)*
David Schlicht (MLC Aquatics)
Brendon Smith (Griffith University)
Mikayla Smith (Miami)*
Flynn Southam (Bond)
Jenna Strauch (Miami)
Stuart Swinburn (City of Sydney)*
Laura Taylor (Bond)
Sam Williamson (Vicenter Melbourne)
Brad Woodward (Mingara)
Josh Yong (USC Spartans)
*Denotes Australian Dolphins rookie
THE RISING STAR “THE BROKEN HEART” AFTER THE OLYMPIC MEDAL’S RETIREMENT
Olympic silver medalist Jack McLoughlin has officially retired offering some words of wisdom to other young swimmers and aspiring Olympians.
McLoughlin, 27, almost gave up pursuing the black line when the Tokyo 2020 Games were postponed for a year due to Covid-19.
He managed to fall in love with the sport and the grueling training all over again just in time to qualify for the team and it paid off – he finished second in the men’s 400m freestyle.
“Retiring as an Olympic silver medalist, Commonwealth Games champion and Pan Pacs champion was more than I could dream of,” McLoughlin shared on Instagram.
“And for all the kids reading this, your mind is your #1 tool, it can do anything if you really want it to, if I could do it. So can you.”
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The Brisbane-based swimmer took a year off after the Games to work on himself, complete his dissertation and degree in Structural Civil Engineering.
While his absence was noted at the Commonwealth Games, middle-distance swimming is in good hands with Elijah Winnington, whom McLoughlin beat to the wall in Tokyo, winning gold in the 400m freestyle, followed by rising star Sam Short and Mack Horton.
Short said McLoughlin was “an inspiration to many, including myself.”
The rising middle-distance swimmer, who had a successful year at the world championships and Commonwealth Games, said she was heartbroken by the news.
“Heartbroken to never be able to share the international stage with you, but your career, the person you are and your legacy will always have a huge impact on myself, so many others and swimming from a distance,” said- she wrote on social media.
“Watching you run for years and the arvo Thursday workouts will always be an incredibly fond memory. Congratulations legend.
In his spare time, McLoughlin has dipped his toes into the corporate world and plans to pursue a career as a structural design engineer.
He said he is retiring with no regrets.
“I don’t think I could do anything more and that’s what I needed for myself. All I ever wanted to do was train hard and race hard and be proud of who I was with the people around me directly,” he said.
Originally published as Swimming News: Cody Simpson misses Australia short course world championship squad