Cartwright Confirms Not Swimming 1500 At Aussie World Swimming Trials


As we reported yesterday, Aussie sprinter and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jack Cartwright had all but withdrawn from the Australian World Swimming Trials, having only entered arbitrarily in the 1500m free. His St. Peters Western coaching staff confirmed to swimSwam that the 20-year-old had been struggling with shoulder pain for some time and is currently swimming as part of rehab, following a cautious plan to keep him healthy for his journey to Tokyo 2020.

Really to no one’s surprise, the sprinter himself has now confirmed he has no intention of racing the 1500m. Cartwright stated the following via Instagram, “After struggling with a shoulder injury for the past couple years, I have decided to sit out of this years Trials and World Championships to focus on getting back to 100% before the big one next year. Good luck to everyone competing next week, you will all smash it! 🔥👊 Yeah and definitely not swimming the 1500.”

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Where to from here for Aussie men’s sprint relay team .. suddenly the depth seems depleted with two 47secs relay swimmers out of the picture – Magnussen and Cartwright

Cmon boys! Fire up


Yes, probably (and unfortunately) we’ll never see the “dream-relay” (Chalmers, McEvoy, Magnussen, Cartwright) in good form like I still hoped to watch last year.
At Worlds17, two years ago, without Chalmers, Australia was second in the heats (Cartwright 47.51 swimming the anchor-leg) and then DQ in the final when still in the hunt for bronze after three legs (beside Cartwright, McEvoy, Incerti and Graham were in that relay)
Now there is the best Chalmers ever to replace Cartwright, so nothing is over if McEvoy will regain an acceptable form, and two swimmers among Lewis, Brinkworth, Roberts and the already cited Graham and Incerti, will swim again 48″ low splits like at Worlds17.
We’ll have the right picture after these trials.


McEvoy regaining form is a big if.


That “dream team” was never likely tp be a reality as Magnussen has only once dropped below 48.5 flat start/split sub 48 in a relay post shoulder op. McEvoy seems to have lost his way since 2017 Worlds; maybe he can return to swimming sub48 by Tokyo but its hard seeing him ever setting world leading times again. It was hoped that Cartwright might be able to keep AUS near the forefront in this event post Tokyo (given Chalmers’ stated intention to leave at that point) but with both shoulder and heart issues; its looks like Tokyo qualification for this relay is no foregone conclusion and “making up the numbers if they do … even if we see heroics from… Read more »


Yeah Aussies don’t produce any new swimmers. After Trickett, Henry & Alice Mills, we missed out of 1 Olympics, but then the following one up popped up Campbell, Coutts, Elmsie & Schlanger & then the following Olympics Campbell sisters McKeon & Elmsie, not Jack has come in .
I think you are selling Australia short.


Rob, with due respect, strength in particular events/strokes tend to run in cycles. Its inevitable that an AUS W4X100 will return to international competitiveness/maybe championship standard but the reality is the bulk of this dominant line-up are of an age (and have injury concerns) that are likely to see them collect their retirement money post Tokyo (where they may well 3-peat). But where/what is the depth once you look past this (dominant) quartet ? We have a couple at 53.9s but both are early 20s and have yet to show signs of actually pushing for anything more than a heats swim … and will THEY continue post Tokyo ? Where is the young talent that you would be hope would… Read more »


Surely dream team would be (in no particular order) James Roberts (47.63), Maggie (47.1), McEvoy (47.04) and chalmers (47.5)?


James Roberts did that time 7 years ago and hasn’t been anywhere near it since.

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48.3 . Not bad after 2 shoulder reconstructions . You never know , he might go paleo or at least give up gluten & swim with the rhythm of the waves like & be like holistic like .


It sounds like there was never any intention so why enter the event at all? Excuse me if I’m missing something, not as knowledgeable as others here.

If I had to guess? So he could get a deck pass, or so the team could get extra deck passes for coaches, or something – it’s probably something to do with deck passes or not having to buy tickets.


All tickets for spectators are free for this event. But coach deck passes do need to be paid for, you’re correct.


For some time, I’ve been commenting on the problems and decline of Australian swimming, esp. on the men’s side. The recent news that Kieren Perkins will join the team directing Aussie Swimming is a good sign, but the loss of Cartwright only underlines my belief that the Aussies will not medal in ANY men’s relay in Tokyo. For a program that once had the likes of Ian Thorpe, Mark Stockwell, and Jon Hendricks, it has all come down to such an incredible low.


I know it isn’t very likely because Cartwright’s absence is a loss also for 800 free relay, but think if Chalmers, Winnington, Horton and a fourth (Lewis, Graham, McLoughlin..) were capable to finish ahead of Usa in the 800 free relay final at Gwangju..


Agree; Aussie 4×200 looks a hot prospect.


I just wonder what Australian swimmer upset Mike so much. In Gwangui, we have the potential to win gold in 100 200 & 400 mens free & in the womens free 50, 100, 200 & 400. Such a low.


I think you just insulted Horton and Chalmers. Gold medals are an incredible low now.


I think it’s important to consider some context here. Australia is a country of only 25 million people. Every country sees a steep improvement due to the additional government funding leading into a home Olympics. This was no different for Australia in 2000. It shouldn’t be surprising then that we’re seeing some mean reversion as we get further removed from those Games. We won 7 swimming gold medals in 5 Olympics from 1976-1996. It’s true some of our top swimmers (C1, Mitch Larkin, Cam McEvoy) didn’t swim well in Rio but that doesn’t make them bad swimmers.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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