Hackett The Elder Statesmen Among 38 Australians for World Championships

Australian Grant Hackett has earned his 6th World Championship team appointment, with the Swimming Australia National Championships and World Championship Trials concluding on Friday in Sydney.

He will be the oldest member of the team as well, by 6 years, that heads north to Kazan, Russian in just over three months for the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, where pool swimming begins on August 2nd.

The Dolphins will have a total of 38 athletes, including 20 men and 18 women. This will be a veteran team, with just three swimmers representing Australia’s Senior National Team internationally for the first time: Hayley Baker, Kurt Herzog, and 16-year old prodigy Kyle Chalmers, who earned at least a swim on Australia’s 400 free relay. Three others will be making their long course debuts: David Morganleah Neale, and Daniel Smith.

Hackett, while the most experienced member of the team, won’t be the only veteran: Bronte Barratt, a member of the women’s squad, qualified for her 6th-consecutive long course World Championships squad, and earned her 11th year on the Australian team: just one shy of Hackett.

See the full roster below.


Team Size – 38 (Male – 20; Female – 18)

Rookies – Hayley Baker, Kyle Chalmers, Kurt Herzog

Long Course Rookies – David Morgan, Leah Neale, Daniel Smith

Oldest Team Members – Grant Hackett (34); Melanie Wright (28)

Youngest Team Members – Kyle Chalmers (16); Brianna Throssell (19)

Most years on an Australian team – Grant Hackett (12); Bronte Barratt (11)

World Championships appearances – Bronte Barratt (6 consecutive); Grant Hackett (6)

Matthew Abood 28 Sydney University NSW
Jessica Ashwood 21 Chandler QLD
Hayley Baker 19 Melbourne Vicentre VIC
Bronte Barratt 26 St Peters Western QLD
Joshua Beaver 22 Tigersharks VIC
Bronte Campbell 20 Commercial QLD
Cate Campbell 22 Commercial QLD
Kyle Chalmers 16 Marion SA
Ashley Delaney 28 Nunawading VIC
Tommaso D’Orsogna 24 Commercial QLD
Brittany Elmslie 20 St Peters Western QLD
Thomas Fraser-Holmes 23 Miami QLD
Madeline Groves 19 St Peters Western QLD
Grant Hackett 34 Miami QLD
Jayden Hadler 21 Commercial QLD
Kurt Herzog 23 SOPAC NSW
Mack Horton 18 Melbourne Vicentre VIC
Grant Irvine 24 St Peters Western QLD
Mitchell Larkin 21 St Peters Western QLD
James Magnussen 23 Ravenswood NSW
Cameron McEvoy 20 Palm Beach Currumbin QLD
David McKeon 22 Chandler QLD
Emma McKeon 20 Chandler QLD
Taylor McKeown 20 Indooroopilly QLD
Keryn McMaster 21 Waterworx QLD
David Morgan 21 TSS Aquatics QLD
Leah Neale 19 Indooroopilly QLD
Jake Packard 20 Indooroopilly QLD
Kylie Palmer 25 Indooroopilly QLD
Emily Seebohm 22 Brothers QLD
Daniel Smith 23 Miami QLD
Christian Sprenger 29 Commercial QLD
Brianna Throssell 19 Perth City WA
Lorna Tonks 26 Brothers QLD
Benjamin Treffers 23 Burley Griffin NSW
Tessa Wallace 21 Pelican Waters Caloundra QLD
Madison Wilson 20 St Peters Western QLD
Melanie Wright 28 Southport Olympic QLD


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Aussie Coach
5 years ago

Does Sprenger get to swim the 100m at the Champs?

I know he has been selected as “we need two swimmers per form stroke in the relays”, but does that allow him to swim the individual events aswell?

The same question applies to Jayden Hadler & Tomasso D’Osorgna in the 100m Butterfly.

Anyway some great results from the week. Great to see the depth continue to grow, with several swimmers taking that next step up.

My picks of the week were Tessa Wallace in the 200m Breaststroke, Madeline Groves 200m Butterfly, Mack Horton 400m Freestyle, Bronte Campbell 50m Freestyle and the emergence of Madi Wilson in the backstroke events.

28 out of 38 coming from Queensland based clubs as well!

Reply to  Aussie Coach
5 years ago

Why not?

Both Sprenger and Packard have swum FINA A standard times.

Reply to  aswimfan
5 years ago

Plus, it would help them decide who is able to provide the consistent, dependable performance in the medley relay final!

5 years ago

Congratulations to those who made the team. It is as you say a veteran team and only 38 of a possible 52 were selected. The strategy that underpins team selection is to select only those swimmers who meet the finals time from 2013 World’s and who in theory will contend for medals. The goal of Australian swimming is to be number 1. I am struggling to see how not providing valuable experience and opportunities at the highest international level to as many swimmers as possible – especially those who win or closely contend for national titles – will help develop the depth needed for Australian swimming to ascend to number 1. If it’s a question of money then spend less… Read more »

Reply to  Swimfan101
5 years ago

In my mind it’s more about proving success with statistical analysis than anything else. With this approach they will certainly show a favorable percentage of semi and final swims, and probably also medals won, per Australian tax dollar spent. As I understand it, Australian Swimming is well-funded due to their tradition of international success; however, the Australian people were disappointed by their swimming team’s performance in London (probably especially BECAUSE it was in London), and an investigation was launched into spending that brought to light a good deal of waste. Now, Swimming Australia is trying to prove itself again. From a budgetary standpoint, each of the athletes making the trip to Kazan is a line of expenditure. Also, you have… Read more »

5 years ago

Of course the likes of Sprenger and Tonks will get to swim the individual events… How else could they know if they’re on form for the relay if they don’t do well in the individual events… I don’t think they will get selected for Kazan only to do a time trial

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