Aussie Big Guns Set For Sydney Open Ahead Of Olympic Trials


  • Thursday, May 13th – Sunday, May 16th
  • Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
  • LCM (50m)
  • Heats at 6pm local; Finals at 9am local
  • Meet Site
  • Start List

This year’s edition of the Sydney Open is almost upon us with Australia’s arsenal of talent descending upon Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Thursday, May 13th.

Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers and world champions Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell and Ariarne Titmus are among the top contenders ready to rumble ahead of next month’s Olympic Trials.

Incorporating the 2021 Uni Sport Nationals, this Sydney Open will see its timing mimic that of this summer’s Olympic Games, with the prelims sessions taking place at night and finals getting underway the following morning.

22-year-old Chalmers from Marion is set to take on the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events, as well as the 100m fly, while the Campbell sisters will line up in their 50m and 100m freestyle events. As for mid-distance ace Titmus, the St. Peters Western star is expected to contest the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle to give us a taste of where she’s at with Tokyo on the horizon.

We’ll also get to see Australia’s offering in the highly-competitive 200m breaststroke event, with both Zac Stubblety-Cook and Matt Wilson entered to race.

Mainstay racers Emma McKeon and Emily Seebohm will be joined by relatively-new comeback swimmer Tamsin Cook and Maddie Groves, the latter of which had undergone surgery last year to address adenomyosis.

Although big guns Elijah Winnington and Clyde Lewis are among the contenders, names to the tune of Mack Horton, Cameron McEvoy and rising teen Flynn Southam are absent.

Below is a listing of key entrants per squad for this week’s Sydney Open.

  • Bond Swim Club – Clyde Lewis, Jenna Strauch
  • Bond University – Maddie Gough, Alexander Graham, Maddie Groves, Thomas Hauck, Laura Taylor, Elijah Winnington
  • Chandler – Leah Neale, Zac Stubblety-Cook
  • Griffith University Swim Club – Georgia Bohl, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Taylor McKeown, Emily Seebohm
  • Griffith University – Emma McKeon, Kiah Melverton, Lani Pallister
  • Hunter – Meg Bailey
  • Knox Pymble – Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell
  • La Trobe University – Theodoros Benehoutsos , Brendon Smith
  • Lareto Normanhurst – William Yang
  • Marion – Kyle Chalmers, Travis Mahoney, Leiston Pickett, Madi Wilson
  • Melbourne Vicentre – Jack Gerrard, Kotuku Ngawati
  • New Zealand – Helena Gasson, Daniel Hunter, Andrew Jeffcoat, Michael Pickett
  • Noosa – Kareena Lee
  • Nunawading – Bowen Gough, Gabriella Peiniger, Matt Temple
  • Palm Beach Currumbin – Yolane Kukla
  • QLD University of Technology – Isaac Cooper, Jack McLoughlin, Nick Sloman
  • Rockingham – Holly Barratt
  • Somerset – James Roberts
  • SOPAC – Matthew Wilson
  • St. Peters Western – Jack Cartwright, Abbey Harkin, Meg Harris, Mitch Larkin, Mollie O’Callaghan, Ariarne Titmus
  • TSS Aquatic – David Morgan
  • University of WA – Tamsin Cook
  • USC Spartans – Kalani Ireland, Kaylee McKeown, Jack Packard, Mikkayla Sheridan
  • UWA West Coast – Nic Brown, Blair Evans, Zac Incerti, Brianna Throssell
  • Western Sydney University – Bradley Woodward

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1 month ago

Elijah Winnington back at Bond??

Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

No. This is also the 2021 University Games so some swimmers are swimming for the University that they attend. For this meet only.

1 month ago

The field is extremely strong with only a couple of major names missing. I’m particularly interested in seeing how Madi Groves goes. She’s a highly talented swimmer who has been unlucky with various illnesses. The 200BF isn’t particularly strong in Australia so if she can get remotely close to her best she could make the Olympic team.

1 month ago

St Peters Western swimmers seem to be missing so far.

Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Emma McKeon seemed to go out slow first lap of 100 free , but then really brought it home hard . She negative split for a 53.33

Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

Link for results pls?

Reply to  ZanBai
1 month ago

I’ve only found it on meet mobile so far . Kaylee just went 2.05 in 200 back heat

Reply to  ZanBai
1 month ago

It has no splits so I’m using meet mobile.

Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago


Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

I was wondering wtf’s up with her during the first 50.

All the empty middle lanes are quite disappointing.

I didn’t think Chalmers looked good even considering it was a prelim.

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