9 Aussie Swimmers Make Paris 2024 Cuts On Day One Of Olympic Trials


The 2024 Australian Olympic Trials saw day one unfold from Brisbane with multiple swimmers putting up impressive performances on their journey to qualifying for this summer’s Games in Paris, France.

Right off the bat, reigning Olympic champion and world record holder Ariarne Titmus powered her way to the wall in a near-lifetime best in the 400m free. Her time of 3:55.44 fell just .06 outside her world record and represented only the 2nd sub-3:56 outing in history.

Lani Pallister also dipped under the Swimming Australia-mandated Olympic Qualification Time (OQT) of 4:04.98 to add her name to the Olympic roster.

Immediately following, 22-year-old Olympic multi-champion Kaylee McKeown downed her own Aussie national record en route to winning the women’s 200m IM.

McKeown busted out a head-turning 2:06.63 to lower her previous Aussie standard of 2:06.99 from the Open Championships just this past April.

Runner-up tonight was Ella Ramsay who established a new lifetime best of her own as she qualified for Paris, hitting 2:09.32.

Although the women’s 100m fly saw just one qualifier in Emma McKeon, the surprise of the night came in the form of the men’s 100m breast.

Already turning in a new lifetime best of 58.95 in the heats, Sam Williamson scorched a winning effort of 58.80 to notch his name onto the Paris list. But he wasn’t alone, with Joshua Yong also posting the swim of his life in 59.48 to make the grade.

Finally, the duo of Elijah Winnington (3:43.26) and Sam Short (3:43.90) got the job done in qualifying for the Games in the 400m free.

Australian Olympic Qualifiers Through Day 1 of 2024 Trials

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 month ago

It’s a hard luck story finishing 2nd but swimming the A-standard only in the heat.

Aussie selectors are hardline and if relays weren’t an issue, she would have no chance.

The fact that there are two medley relays – now the mixed has been added – might possibly play in her favour.

But yes, Throssell could throw a spanner in the works, which would be a shame for a young improver.

1 month ago

So, what are the odds Swim Australia sends Perkins in the 100 fly despite her not making the cut in the final?

micah bell
Reply to  Walls
1 month ago

She has her chances, Emma’s program will be heavy with 100 fly 100 fr 50 fr and all the relays

Reply to  Walls
1 month ago

would seem almost cruel not to – well inside the OQT, inside the AQT in the prelims, and 2nd in the race itself…

Reply to  ADS
1 month ago

Given that Throssel has a good shot of making the team on the 4×200 relay or taking the second spot in the 200 fly behind Dekkers, there’s a high chance they have Throssel swim the prelims of the medley if she qualifies. If she doesn’t though, then Perkins might have a shot.

Reply to  Walls
1 month ago

Almost zero. Have to swim under the SAQT in the final, and be 1st or 2nd. They’ll use throssell instead, if throssell doesnt qualify, maybe perkins has a better chance

About Retta Race

Retta Race

Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

Read More »