2023 Australian Swimming Championships
- April 17 – 20, 2023
- Marine Parade, Southport, Queensland
- Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
- Long Course Meters
- Meet Central
- Entry Sheets
The 2023 Australian Swimming Championships are set to begin on April 17, 2023, at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. The meet is not the selection meet for Australia’s World Championships team this year as that meet will occur later this year, close to summer. That doesn’t mean we can’t expect high-caliber racing at this meet, however, as nearly the entirety of Australia’s current national team roster is featured on the entry list.
One of the biggest names in Australian swimming history will be present at the meet. Cate Campbell is entered in the 50 and 100 freestyle, making this her second meet since the Tokyo 2020 Olympics two years ago. Campbell recently returned to the pool at the 2023 Brisbane Senior Metro Championships. There, she swam a 53.52 to win the 100 freestyle.
Campbell has been swimming the 50 and 100 freestyles for over a decade and will be vying for a spot on the 2023 World Championships team later this year. Campbell will also be swimming next season and will be on the hunt for a spot on the Paris 2024 Olympic team, which would be her 5th appearance at the meet. Campbell’s sister Bronte who has been racing for Australia for over a decade as well is not going to be racing at the meet.
Emma McKeon has been racing alongside the Campbells for several years and she will be racing at the meet as well. McKeon is entered in the 100 free, 50 free, 200 butterfly, 50 butterfly, and 100 butterfly. Those 50s and 100s are regular races for the 7-time Tokyo 2020 medalist, but the 200 butterfly is not a part of her usual race lineup. While Campbell and McKeon have been at the forefront of the sprint game for many years, Meg Harris, Shayna Jack, Leah Neale, Mollie O’Callaghan, and Madi Wilson are consistently strong in the freestyles and will be present at this meet as well.
Like McKeon with her 200 butterfly decision, Kaylee McKeown is seemingly switching things up at this meet as well. As a backstroke world record-holder and a proven talent in the 200 IM, her entries in the 100 back and 200 IM make sense. McKeown also added the 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 200 freestyle to her lineup. As a strong IMer, she should be able to post solid times in all three of these events, but it will be interesting to see if she ends up adding any of them to her major competition lineup.
Ariarne Titmus is entered to race the 400 freestyle just days after Summer McIntosh broke her world record in the event from the 2022 Australian Championships. Titmus is the #2 woman in history with her 3:56.40 and is also the reigning Olympic champion in this event. She is also set to race the 200 freestyle, in which she took Olympic gold in Tokyo, and the 800 freestyle in which she won Olympic silver. Titmus didn’t race at the 2022 World Championships but did take gold in the 200, 400, and 800 freestyles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Many of Australia’s leading men will also be racing at the meet including Olympic champion and world record-holder Zac Stubblety-Cook. Stubblety-Cook holds the world record in the 200 breaststroke and won the event at Tokyo 2020 as well as the 2022 World Championships. He will race his signature events, in addition to the 50 and 100 breaststrokes.
Olympic 100 freestyle champion (2016) and silver medalist Kyle Chalmers is going to be a favorite to win several events including the 50 and 100 butterfly and the 100 and 200 freestyle. He will face competition, however, from a stacked field of Australian swimmers such as Zac Incerti, Mack Horton, Cam McEvoy, Cody Simpson, Thomas Neill, Alexander Graham, and more.
Other swimmers to look out for at this meet include Lani Pallister, Jenna Forrester, Brendon Smith, Abbey Harkin, and Se-Bom Lee. Check back in later this week to follow along with our full coverage of the 2023 Australian Swimming Championships.