Jack Cartwright

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Jack Cartwright is an Australian sprint freestyle specialist. He emerged as one Australia’s rising talents after picking up six medals at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in 2016, including four golds. The Queenslander trains under Dean Boxall at St. Peters Western in Brisbane. He made the switch when his pool in the rural town of Biloela shut down and his family made the sacrifice to move to Brisbane to support his swimming dreams. His mother, Michelle, even quit her teaching job to help Cartwright with his studies while balancing his athletics. The sacrifices clearly paid off and at 18 years old he qualified for his first senior international meet at the 2017 World Championships.

International Career

Cartwright caught the world of swimming’s attention at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui by winning four gold medals. He started the meet just edging out his Aussie teammate, Louis Townsend, in a head-to-head battle in the 200 meter freestyle. Cartwright took the gold in 1:47.68 just 0.05 ahead of his compatriot. The pair both went under USA’s Townley Haas’ old Pan Pac record of 1:48.29. The next day he topped the podium again in the 100 meter freestyle after breaking the meet record in the prelims in 48.91. He completed the sprint freestyle treble with a gold in the 50 meter freestyle touching in 22.28. He added a medal of each colour in relay swims with a gold in the 4×200 meter freestyle, silver in the 4×100 meter freestyle and bronze in the 4×100 meter medley relay.

2017 World Championships

Cartwright qualified for the World Championships after putting on a stunning display at the Australian Trials while battling with bronchitis.

At 18 years old, Cartwright made his World Championships debut in Budapest where he made the final in the 100 meter freestyle. He qualified for the final after posting a personal best time of 47.97. In the final he couldn’t beat that time and finished an 7th in 48.24 in a stacked field. He was also on the Australian 4×200 meter freestyle relay that finished 4th in the final and the 4×100 meter freestyle relay that was disqualified.

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 50 Free 22.28 08/27/16 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships
Maui, Hawaii
lcm 100 Free 47.97 07/26/17 2017 World Championships
Budapest, Hungary
lcm 200 Free 1:47.59 04/10/17 2017 Australian Swimming Championships
Brisbane, Australia
courtesy of Wikipedia Commons 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis) Courtesy of Funky Trunks Courtesy of Funky Trunks (photo: Mike Lewis) Aussie Funky Trunks athlete Jack Gerrard won bronze in the Men’s 400 Free Relay at Windsor on Day 1.