Aussies Hitting SC World Championships Qualifying Times Through Day 2


The 2022 Australian Short Course Championships represents one of the qualification meets Australian swimmers can race at to make the Short Course World Championships team.

This year’s SC Championships are being hosted by Australia, set to take place in Melbourne from December 13th to December 18th.

Per Swimming Australia’s selection criteria linked above, the qualifying competitions for its swimmers include the following:

  • 2022 Sydney Sprints (inclusive of Australian Short Course Championships and State Teams)
  • 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships

Swimming Australia is sticking to the FINA ‘A’ cuts as its minimum time qualifications as opposed to devising its own list of time requirements. This was outlined in our post from earlier this year, which you can find here.

Additional Australians wrote their names onto the consideration roster for this year’s Short Course World Championships on night two of the Australian National Short Course Championships.

Among them was two-time Olympic champion Kaylee McKeown who scored the 5th fastest 200m backstroke time in history to add the event to the 100m back victory she took last night.

Madi Wilson was another athlete who etched a second event onto her list of qualified swims, as the Marion ace took silver in the 100m free to add to her 200m free race from night one.

Kyle Chalmers earned a new All Comers Record in the 100m free to stake his claim on his second freestyle event for Melbourne.


  • Kaylee McKeown – 100m back, 200m back
  • Mollie O’Callaghan – 100m back
  • Brad Woodward – 100m back
  • Madi Wilson – 200m free, 100m free
  • Leah Neale – 200m free
  • Kyle Chalmers – 200m free, 100m free
  • Tommy Neill – 200m free
  • Chelsea Hodges – 100m breast
  • Jenna Strauch – 100m breast
  • Sam Williamson – 100m breast
  • Joshua Yong – 100m breast
  • Lani Pallister – 1500m free
  • Mack Horton – 800m free
  • Alex Grant – 800m free
  • Elizabeth Dekkers – 200m fly
  • Laura Taylor – 200m fly
  • Minna Atherton – 200m back
  • Emma McKeon – 100m free
  • Matt Temple – 100m free
  • Kayla Hardy – 400m IM
  • Emilie Muir – 400m IM
  • Brendon Smith – 400m IM
  • David Schlicht – 400m IM
  • Bradley Woodward – 200m back
  • Ty Hartwell – 200m back

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Miss M
5 months ago

Ok, so doing some number crunching: with only 32 athletes in total (16 men, 16 women) it’s tight.

By my calculations, these women should be safe as they finished first, or finished second and are needed so we can field a relay team:
McKeon, Wilson, Pallister, McKeown, Hodges, Strauch, Perkins, Dekkers, Hardy, MOC, Harris, Neale

That’s 12 spots. If 2 were to go to JPP swimmers, perhaps Jansen & Perkins? Jansen could get some heat relay experience on a senior team, and Perkins could swim the 800 (we didn’t qualify a second swimmer – the short course qualifying time is 8:29:17 and she swam an 8:30:44 long course).

So the final 2 spots a choice between: Atherton, Mikayla Smith,… Read more »

Miss M
Reply to  Miss M
5 months ago

Team released (I saw it on Instagram).

Squad of 36:

Minna Atherton
Brittany Castaluzzo
Lizzy Dekkers
Kayla Hardy
Meg Harris
Chelsea Hodges
Emma McKeon
Kaylee McKeown
Emilie Muir
Leah Neale
Mollie OCallaghan
Lani Pallister
Alex Perkins
Jamie Perkins
Mikayla Smith
Jenna Strauch
Laura Taylor
Madi Wilson

Grayson Bell
Kyle Chalmers
Shaun Champion
Isaac Cooper
Alexander Grant
Ty Hartwell
Mark Horton
see Bohm Lee
Clyde Lewis
Tommy Neil
David Schlickt
Brendon Smith
Flynn Southam
Stuart Swinburn
Matt Temple
Sam Williamson
Brad Woodward
Josh Yong

Miss M
Reply to  Miss M
5 months ago

Perkins and Southam the only juniors selected.

By expanding the team, they selected everyone eligible!

Reply to  Miss M
5 months ago

When I saw the selection criteria I thought the team size limit was small for a home championships and wasn’t able to confirm what FINA’s limit was to see if SA were lowering it themselves. I guess this confirms that they were.

5 months ago

A bit surprising that Emma scratched the 100 fly.

Reply to  Troyy
5 months ago

That is strange. Presumably she will be offered the spot anyway since Perkins was the only one to hit the A cut and Emma’s long course time is faster than the short course A cut.

Reply to  Sub13
5 months ago

That will depend on the final times which is yet to be swam.

Last edited 5 months ago by Auzzie
Miss M
Reply to  Auzzie
5 months ago

Team size may mean that Castelluzzo doesn’t get selected.

It’s either 24 or 28 from this meet, plus 4 juniors from Pan Pacs.

Reply to  Miss M
5 months ago

Four juniors from JPPs? Seems like only Southam should be picked.

Reply to  Sub13
5 months ago

Well if she was gambling that two wouldn’t get under the QT she lost the bet so both spots are filled now.

Reply to  Troyy
5 months ago

I’m not sure what the official procedures are but I’m assuming she doesn’t care. She’s the fastest LCM and SCM 100 fly on the team in the past year so if they can they’ll slot her in.

Reply to  Sub13
5 months ago

She’ll get the relay spots anyway.

5 months ago

The add up for the top 4 in the women’s 100 free is only 0.3 off the 4×100 free WR without adjusting for relay changeovers.

5 months ago

How come Brendon smith and David schlicht are not included in the list for the 400 IM.. both swam 4:01

Miss M
Reply to  Verram
5 months ago

Missing lots: Woodward and Hartwell were both under the QT in the 200m back too.

Last edited 5 months ago by Miss M
Miss M
Reply to  Miss M
5 months ago

Brad Woodward now listed twice 🙂

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