2017 AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, April 9th – Thursday, April 13th
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
- Prelims at 11am local/Finals at 7:30pm local
- Meet Site
- Entry List
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.