4 Australian Olympians Decline SC Worlds Spots After Nationals

Four Australian Olympians have declined their spot on the 2016 Short Course World Championship meet, though the team is still left with a deeper and more-recognizable squad than their counterparts in the United States.

According to a Swimming Australia press release, Kyle Chalmers, Cameron McEvoy, Madi Wilsonand Maddie Groves will all be staying home as their teammates head on to Windsor, Canada December 6th through the 13th.

However, the Australian SC Worlds Squad still packs some serious star power, with headliners such as Olympic medalists Mitch LarkinEmily SeebohmJessica Ashwood, Brittany Elmslieand David Morgan.

Meanwhile, the Aussie’s greatest rivals in the pool, the American team, is missing many of the sport’s biggest names from its own SC Worlds roster. Young individual Olympic medalists Cody Miller, Lilly King, Josh Prenotand Leah Smith will carry the squad.

Though he won three national titles and scored an All Comers record in the 100 free this week, McEvoy was the first to that he would be skipping Worlds, citing his unavailability for the meet. Rio 2016 Olympic relay gold and silver medalist Wilson posted her decision on Instagram, citing a need to train through December. There is no confirmation on Groves or Chalmers’s reasons for staying home from Windsor, but Chalmers may be choosing to rest after a flare-up of his Supraventricular tachycardia earlier this week.


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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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