Australia Expands Pan Pacs Selection to LA Invitational, Will Send a Roster of 20

Swimming Australia has announced 20 swimmers who will travel to the LA Invitational at USC’s newly-renovated Uytengsu Aquatic Center.

This meet has taken on a whole new focus, as Australia has also announced it as an additional qualifying meet for the 2014 Pan Pac Championships.

Originally, Australians’ only options to qualify for the Pan Pacs team was to either hit one of the country’s “A” standards at their National Championships; or to earn their way onto the Commonwealth Games team with a “B” standard and then hit the “A” standard at those Commonwealth Games.

But for just under half of this “A” team, who hit the “B” standard at Nationals, they will now be given the opportunity to hit an “A” standard at this meet and earn their way onto the Pan Pacs roster.

“With the Pan Pacs at home this year, it is a chance for us to provide International racing to a larger number of swimmers,” Scott said. “By providing more opportunities for national team selection we are tapping into a much larger group of competitors and which in turn gives us the potential to expose additional swimmers to the National Team Culture and processes as we lead into the critical 2015 and 2016 international events.”

The LA Invitational will be held from July 17th-20th. That’s just a few days before the start of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

The full Australia “A” team is below, followed by the “A” standards. The swimmers marked with asterisks are eligible for Pan Pacs selection.

2014 Australia A Team

First Name Last Name Age Club State
Male Athletes      
Matthew* Abood* 28 Sydney University NSW
Ashley* Delaney* 28 Nunawading VIC
Alexander Graham 18 MLC Aquatic VIC
Kurt* Herzog* 22 SOPAC NSW
Justin* James* 22 Mackay QLD
Jack McLoughlin 19 Nudgee Brothers QLD
Jake Packard 20 Chandler QLD
Nathaniel* Romeo* 21 Sydney University NSW
Nicholas Schafer 22 River City Rapids QLD
Buster Sykes 21 Nudgee Brothers QLD
Female Athletes
Holly* Barratt* 26 Rockingham WA
Carla Buchanan 18 Acacia Bayside QLD
Marieke D’Cruz 28 SOPAC NSW
Danielle Defrancesco 22 Miami QLD
Katie Goldman 22 St Peters Western QLD
Yolane Kukla 18 Arena WA
Leah* Neale* 19 Indooroopilly QLD
Kylie* Palmer* 24 Chandler QLD
Mikkayla Sheridan 19 Nudgee Brothers QLD
Madison Wilson 20 St Peters Western QLD
Head of Delegation
Jamie Salter
Head Coach
Grant Stoelwinder Sydney University NSW
Shaun Crowe Acacia Bayside QLD
Peter Gartrell Pelican Waters Caloundra QLD
Gene Jackson MLC Aquatics VIC
Will Scott Rockingham WA
Support Staff
TBC Manager
Elise Bateman Psychologist
Brett Slocombe Physiotherapist
Elaine Tor Performance Analysis

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Excellent! This should be sizzling hot, both swimming and temperature wise. Can’t wait, and Koreatown short ribs – yum.


Was this the meet formerly known as the Janet Evans Invitational, and if so, why was it renamed?


I believe this was the LA Grand Prix… which might have been JEI at one point.

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