Cam McEvoy, Shayna Jack Headline Australian Roster Headed to 2024 World Championships

by Riley Overend 26

December 14th, 2023 Australia, International, News

Reigning 50-meter freestyle world champion Cam McEvoy and three-time world record holder Shayna Jack headline the 24-member Australian team headed to the 2024 World Championships next February in Doha, Qatar.

McEvoy had a breakthrough year in 2023, posting his first best time in the 50 free since 2016 with a 21.27 at Australian Trials before winning his first title in July with a 21.06, making him the fourth-fastest performer ever. He was just .02 seconds away from Caeleb Dressel‘s textile world record time of 21.04.

Fresh off her first individual Worlds medal in Fukuoka (silver in 50 free – 24.10), Jack will be seeking her first individual world title to pair alongside her four relay crowns. The 25-year-old sprinter faces an uphill battle, however, as 30-year-old Sarah Sjostrom appears bound for the 2024 World Championships as the two-time defending champion in the 50 free.

The makeup of the roster has a significant philosophical slant from different programs. St. Peter’s Western accounts for a big portion of the team, albeit without some of their superstar names like Ariarne Titmus and Mollie O’Callaghan. Meanwhile, one of Australia’s other superpower clubs, Michael Bohl’s Griffith squad, is completely absent from the roster.

2022 world champion Elijah Winnington will attempt to top the podium again in the 400 free after finishing 7th this year. Kai Taylor, 20, will be back for his second Worlds after helping Australia’s 4×100 free relay team capture gold in Fukuoka. Jack Cartwright, Jenna Forrester, Abbey Harkin, Brianna Throssell, and Kiah Melverton also bring valuable experience to the Dolphins’ 2024 Worlds squad.

Three Aussies are slated to make their major international debuts on the senior stage: Iona Anderson, Jaclyn Barclay, and Robert Thorpe. Anderson is coming off a world junior title this summer in the 50 back (28.01) while Barclay took the world junior title i the 100 back (59.47).

In open water action, Chelsea Gubecka will contest the 5k after already qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics in the 10k with her runner-up finish at Worlds this year in Fukuoka, Japan. Maddy Gough and Moesha Johnson will take on the women’s 10k while Kyle Lee and Nicholas Sloman are entered in the men’s 10k.

Dean Boxall and Tim Lane are among the seven-member coaching staff selected for Doha.

With the 2024 World Championships scheduled for Feb. 2-18, many top swimmers are skipping the meet due to its proximity to the Paris 2024 Olympics five months later. For the Aussies, big names missing from their 2024 Worlds roster include Kaylee McKeown, Mollie O’Callaghan, Kyle Chalmers, Sam Short, Emma McKeon, and Ariarne Titmus.

Check out the full rosters below:

POOL ATHLETES
First Last Club State Home Coach
Iona Anderson** Breakers WA Ben Higson
Jaclyn Barclay** St Peters Western QLD Cam Gledhill/ Dean Boxall
Jack Cartwright St Peters Western QLD Dean Boxall
Abbey Connor USC Spartans QLD Michael Palfery
Isaac Cooper St Andrews QLD Ashley Delaney
Jenna Forrester St Peters Western QLD Dean Boxall
Madeleine Gough Carlile NSW Fred Vergnoux*
Abbey Harkin St Peters Western QLD Dean Boxall
Shayna Jack St Peters Western QLD Dean Boxall
Moesha Johnson Griffith QLD Bernd Berkhahn*
Cameron McEvoy Somerville House QLD Timothy Lane
Kiah Melverton St Peters Western QLD Dean Boxall
Alexandria Perkins USC Spartans QLD Michael Palfery
Kai Taylor St Peters Western QLD Dean Boxall
Brianna Throssell St Peters Western QLD Dean Boxall
Samuel Williamson Melb Vicentre VIC Craig Jackson
Elijah Winnington St Peters Western QLD Dean Boxall
Bradley Woodward Mingara NSW Adam Kable

*International Home Coach

**Rookies

OPEN WATER ATHLETES
First Last Club State Home Coach
Bianca Crisp-5k Yeronga Park QLD Kate Sparkes
Madeleine Gough-10k Carlile NSW Fred Vergnoux*
Chelsea Gubecka-5k Yeronga Park QLD Kate Sparkes
Moesha Johnson-10k Griffith QLD Bernd Berkhahn*
Bailey Armstrong-5k USC Spartans QLD Harley Connolly
Kyle Lee-10k North Coast WA Ian Mills
Nicholas Sloman-10k Noosa QLD John Rogers
Robert Thorpe**-5k St Peters Western QLD Mick Lewandowski

*International Home Coach

**Rookie

COACHES
First Last Club
Dean Boxall St Peters Western
Timothy Lane Somerville House
Michael Palfery USC Spartans
Ian Mills North Coast
Kate Sparkes Yeronga Park
Rohan Taylor Team Director
Mel Tantrum Technical Support
POOL STAFF
First Last Role
Ashley Briggs Massage Therapist
Delly Carr Photographer
Jay Collison S&C
Marc Elipot Performance Analyst
Ivan Hooper Physiotherapy &
Performance Support Lead
Nichoals Smith Performance Analyst
Selina Steele Media Manager
Mel Tantrum Technical Support
Rohan Taylor Team Director
Ben Weber Doctor
Kirsty West Team Manager
OPEN WATER STAFF
First Last Role
Greg Shaw Team Leader
Rachel Harris Doctor
Catriona Croghan Physiotherapy
Graeme Brewer  Technical Support

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Dinuka
5 months ago

Olivia Wunsch should have been added

Nick the biased Aussie
5 months ago

I can’t wait to see what events each swimmer is doing and are they doing relays?

Event predictions:
Iona Anderson – 50/100 back
Jaclyn Barclay – 50/100/200 back
Jack Cartwright – 100 free
Abbey Connor – 200 fly
Isaac Cooper – 50 free, 50 fly, 50/100 back
Jenna Forrester – 200 back, 200/400 IM
Madeleine Gough – 800/1500 free
Abbey Harkin – 50/100/200 breast
Shayna Jack – 50/100/200 free
Moesha Johnson – 1500 free
Cameron McEvoy – 50 free, 50 fly
Kiah Melverton – 200/400/800 free, 400 IM
Alexandria Perkins – 50/100 fly, 50 free
Kai Taylor – 100/200 free
Brianna Throssell – 50/100/200 fly… Read more »

Sub13
Reply to  Nick the biased Aussie
5 months ago

I don’t think they will do all relays but as you’ve said, they theoretically could field almost all of them and quite a few are quite competitive.

Will be interesting to see which ones they do.

Nick the biased Aussie
Reply to  Sub13
5 months ago

I would love at a minimum to see the mens 4×100 free and women’s 4×200 free

Sub13
Reply to  Nick the biased Aussie
5 months ago

Of all the relays, I would say W100/200 free, Mixed free and mixed medley would be the most likely since they all legit are gold chances depending on how strong the field is.

Allily Canon
5 months ago

The happiest fact for me is finally Shayna Jack was elected as a representative of the individual events!!!

Marc P
Reply to  Allily Canon
5 months ago

She already won 50 free silver in Fukuoka

Dan386
5 months ago

What happened to Elijah Winnington?

Summer Love
Reply to  Dan386
5 months ago

He’s hot and cold. Alternatingly every year.

So hoping he’ll be hot in 2024 after a cold 2023.

Nick the biased Aussie
Reply to  Dan386
5 months ago

He’s was only 4th fastest in the world in 400m free this year. Behind Short, Hafnoui and Martens.

23/51/1:52
5 months ago

SPW couldn’t settle for dominating domestic comps, now they are going to help us save face as a side quest before Paris.
Would’ve been nice to have a couple other names pitch in, but it was clear that the individual gold medal swimmers outside of the 50 free contenders were going to sit out, it was visible who was in what stage of their cycle.
Kaylee will finally have a few months off until the Victorian Open, where she should be a tad slower, or just as fast as now because she is a machine.
Outside of her and massive surges from some juniors for the future, the standout was MOC, who had yet another strong December… Read more »

Laps
Reply to  23/51/1:52
5 months ago

The 100 free was MOC’s 6th swim of the day. When you consider that the 100 fly and 400 free were earlier the same session, that 53.27 time is more comparable to a 1:54.36 than it might first appear.

23/51/1:52
Reply to  Laps
5 months ago

It is worth accounting for, she still would’ve lost to Shayna had it been first up but the time would’ve been in the 52’s.
In context to former Queensland Championships, this was the first time she swam any race before the 100 free on individual day 2, so her evolution since 2021 is actually greater than what the paper says.

Skip
5 months ago

I was hoping max guiliani would be on the team, and doesnt appear to be a male flyer on board, so unless chalmers and or temple get added late….mens medley not starting

Daniel
Reply to  Skip
5 months ago

Cooper or Cam? Both have been doing the 50.

Skip
Reply to  Daniel
5 months ago

Both only train for 50s apart from 100 free. Maybe, mcevoy does heat, cooper the final. Cant see them doing it

Majer99
Reply to  Skip
5 months ago

Taylor raced the 200 at the Qld States so most likely option

SHRKB8
Reply to  Daniel
5 months ago

Hard enough to get Cooper to do a 100 Back, next to zero chance you will see him do a 100 Fly LOL!! Can do a hell of a 50Fly though, so it just comes down to training and attitude that prevents him from doing a quality 100 Fly.

Curious
5 months ago

It’s funny. I think pure sprinters as well as pure milers need the least taper/rest of swimmers

Chris Bailey
5 months ago

Alot stronger than i expected. Should pick up a few medals. Relays might be interesting.

Ldn
Reply to  Chris Bailey
5 months ago

Relays interesting, yes…melverton-forrester-jack-Throssell, there’s a w4x2 gold unless the Chinese start the final with their rested top 4; Barclay, Anderson – Harkin – Throssell, Perkins, Connor- Jack, Perkins, Throssell – w4x1 medley with reserves; men’s medley may need someone to opt in the fly leg and the 4×1 mix med will need a female on the fly leg. Men’s 4×1 and 4×2 have 3 great choices each so I guess they can decide on the spot whether to start or not by co-opting a 4th.

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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