Aussie Worlds Qualifying Criteria Shines Light On Talent Gaps


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With the Australian Swimming Championships kicking off in less than a week, let’s refresh on how one qualifies for the Dolphins’ national team roster for the 2017 World Championships in Budapest.

Per Swimming Australia’s selection criteria, a maximum team size of 52 athletes (26 male, 26 female) will be selected for Budapest. First and second place finishers in individual Olympic events in Brisbane qualify for a spot on the roster, provided they swim a time that equals or betters the Swimming Australia qualifying mark listed below:

While most of the times are doable in light of the Dolphins’ prowess in such events as women’s backstroke and men’s freestyle, the gaps in Australian talent become more apparent when looking at the psych sheets in light of these qualifying times in other events. For instance, the men’s 200m breaststroke qualifying time is 2:09.64, but Matthew Wilson is the only male to enter the meet with a sub-2:12 second time. His entry time is a lifetime best, so Wilson will need to replicate a career-fastest to be considered in the event and it’s rather unlikely a 2nd swimmer will drop over 3 seconds to match him and qualify.

The same holds true for the men’s 200m IM, where 19-year-old Clyde Lewis enters the meet with the top time of 2:00.09, despite the qualifying mark sitting at a speed 1:58.54. That QT actually checks-in as the 5th fastest time in Australian swimming history, so Lewis, Travis Mahoney and the other entrants will need to have the swim of their life to even notch a time swift enough to be considered.

We’ll keep track of Australian Worlds qualifiers and post a running list after each day’s finals session.

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Women 50 free kind of excessive especially since C1 isnt going to worlds this year


C2 should make that cut but hard to see anyone else. Mens 200FR mark is a stiff one and with TFH “bailing out”, no certainty of a 2nd qualifier. Packard has been utterly pedestrian all season but, if in form, can make the M100BRS mark. Question is whether Wilson can manage another 0.5sec PB to do so. Whilst the M FLY marks are within range for both Morgan & Irvine, neither can be seen as a certainty to make either. Mahoney CAN make the M400IM mark but long odds on anyone making the 200IM standard. Whilst Ashwood shouldn’t have any issue with either the 400 or 800 cuts, Cook’s absence opens up the 2nd berth with Melverton looking the only… Read more »


Speaking of C1, she has said in a radio interview a couple of days ago, she’s at 90% commitment to the sport, and has confirmed she will not be swayed to compete in Budapest. At 90% and pretty much fully fit, she’s going to be hard to beat at the National Trials. I do agree, C2 is capable of making that qualifying times in her events, and no doubt she’ll grit her teeth and try her best to get there. C2 confirmed in a media interview yesterday, that she’s still working on a permanent fix for her shoulder injury and her main objective is to qualify for the World Championships and being able to train and race fast with minimal… Read more »


What is the point of such aggressive qualifying standards? Is the meet really too big, as-is?


Why reward mediocre performances & therefore hand out plane tickets to those who will clearly NOT make finals or even semi finals …. that is the counterargument to your assertion.

Hopefully this will be the last year of summer AUS season & April Trials 3-4 months out from majors thus removing the issue of having two separate preparations but much will decide on whether they roll out the new system/Trials in winter next year. Hopefully they do so (giving them the opportunity of another year to swimmers to adapt) but that will mean taking the sensible option of prioritising the “real world” competition at Pan Pacs rather than the “bush league” farce that is Comm Games. But will they ?


Because taking the second best swimmer who might be a little younger and getting them international experience can give them confidence and the experience needed to improve.


We all said that last year before Rio . Such standards doesn’t mean more medals following …….


I would completely concur with such a move IF said youngster was at least within range of the time required and would indeed make the discretionary call in their favour ahead of the “perennial who’s never made the grade despite numerous opportunities”. Regrettably, the current situation in AUS swimming is that there are only limited events where there are emerging youngsters knocking on the door of selection but rather still an abundance of “list cloggers”/those who’ve been on the fringe for more than one Olympic cycle (sometimes multiple) without either making the team or have squandered a number of international outings given to them Furthermore, outside of maybe less than a handful of events; AUS depth is incredibly shallow and… Read more »


Some of this QT are really odd. Men 50m free 22.02 (nothing exceptional) but 1.46.45 for the 200m free, no 50 breast, fly or back? Are you sure about these QT? (The same thing is worthed for women, really hard time for the 50, 100, 200 free, quite low bar for the 400)

To comparison, Italy’s QT are 21.91 for the 50m, 48,49 for the 100m, 1.47.09 for the 200m.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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