Swimming Australia has announced an official 43 swimmers to their World Championship roster, with 36 of them coming in the pool and 7 of them in the open water.
That roster will be made up of 21 men in the pool and just 15 women, which is perhaps a bit of a flip-flop from expectations given the relative medal success at last year’s Olympics (though, most of those women’s medals came from a small core of swimmers.)
Of the 43 swimmers, 23 hail from the great Queensland swimming state that is home to clubs like Denis Cotterell’s Miami program as well as Southport Olympic, among others.
The home team continues to be well outnumbered in representation despite the presence of the beautiful $100 million complex that hosted this week’s events; South Australia had only a single qualifier for Worlds in Barcelona from 28-year old Sally Foster; that’s more than only the unrepresented Tasmania.
The total ranking by official state of representation:
- Queensland – 23
- New South Wales – 10
- Victoria – 6
- Western Australia – 3
- South Australia – 1
The average age of the men’s team is just 22.4 years old, and the women’s is just 21 years old (just averaging simple, whole-number ages). That’s really not that unusual for a women’s program, but highlights incredible youth in the men’s team. That’s actually a bit older than their Olympic Team was (that squad was 22.0 years old, on average), which is a bit of a surprise in itself, as usually older members of these elite national teams retire after Olympics and make room for the younger swimmers.
But when you continue to compare it to the American roster, it shows just how young it was: the average American male in London was over 26 years old.
Australia also put 19 (12 men and 7 women) on its veteran team for the IPC World Championships. The only new member of the team is 15-year old Rowan Crothers, though the absence of Jacqueline Freney, the star of Paralympic swimming going for 6 golds in 6 races, will be felt.
For full coverage of the meet, including the final day’s recaps, see our Australia and Oceania category page here.
2013 EnergyAustralia Swim Team – 43 Total (36 pool and 7 open water)
FINA World Championships – Barcelona
MEN (21 pool, 3 open water)
Matthew ABOOD (26) NSW, Ashley DELANEY (27) VIC, Tommaso D’ORSOGNA (22) WA, Thomas FRASER-HOLMES (21) QLD, Alexander GRAHAM (18) VIC, Jordan HARRISON (17) QLD, Simon HUITENGA (24) WA, Grant IRVINE (22) QLD, Jarrod KILLEY (22) NSW, Mitch LARKIN (19) QLD, Matson LAWSON (20) VIC, James MAGNUSSEN (22) NSW, Rhys MAINSTONE (22) WA, Cameron MCEVOY (18) QLD, Ned MCKENDRY (20) QLD, David MCKEON (20) NSW, Jarrod POORT (18) NSW, Brenton RICKARD (29) QLD, James ROBERTS (22) QLD, Christian SPRENGER (27) QLD, Matt TARGETT (27) VIC, Kenneth TO (20) NSW, Chris WRIGHT (24) QLD, Daniel TRANTER (21) NSW
WOMEN (total 15 pool, 4 open water)
Jessica ASHWOOD (19) NSW, Bronte BARRATT (24) QLD, Bronte CAMPBELL (18) QLD, Cate CAMPBELL (20) QLD, Alicia COUTTS (25) QLD, Danielle DE FRANCESCO (20) QLD, Brittany ELMSLIE (18) QLD, Sally FOSTER (28) SA, Melissa GORMAN (27) QLD, Chelsea GUEBECKA (14) QLD, Belinda HOCKING (22) VIC, Bonnie MACDONALD (17) QLD, Samantha MARSHALL (20) VIC, Ami MATSUO (16) NSW, Emma MCKEON (18) NSW, Megan NAY (24) QLD, Kylie PALMER (23) QLD, Melanie SCHLANGER (26) QLD, Emily SEEBOHM (20) QLD
*Italics – Qualified as an Open Water Swimmer
2013 IPC World Championship Team – 19 Total (12 men, 7 women)
MEN Tim ANTALFY (26) NSW, Blake COCHRANE (22) QLD, Matthew COWDREY (24) SA, Rowan CROTHERS (15) QLD, Richard ELIASON (25) ACT, Daniel FOX (21) QLD, Matt HAANAPPEL (18) VIC, Brenden HALL (19) QLD, Matthew LEVY (26) NSW, Grant PATTERSON (23) QLD, Rick PENDLETON (28) QLD, Sean RUSSO (22) NSW,
WOMEN Kayla CLARKE (21) QLD, Ellie COLE (21) VIC, Taylor CORRY (18) NSW, Katherine DOWNIE (17) WA, Maddison ELLIOTT (14) NSW, Amanda FOWLER 16) NSW, Tiegan VAN ROOSMALEN (22) NSW,
EnergyAustralia Swim Team – Barcelona Orientation Camp – AIS Canberra – May 4-9
EnergyAustralia Swim Team – Montreal Orientation Camp – Adelaide – May 4-6
2013 FINA World Championships – Barcelona – July 28 to August 4 – www.bcn2013.com
2013 IPC World Championships – Montreal – Aug 12-18 – www.paralympic.org/Events/Montreal2013