Harrison, McKendry and Matsuo Highlight Australia’s University Games Team

Australia will be taking a team of 20 athletes to the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea from July 3 to 14.

The team will include five athletes who have represented the nation at major international competitions; Jordan Harrison, Ami Matsuo, Ned McKendry, Travis Mahoney and Sacha Downing.

Harrison and McKendry competed for Australia at the last World Championships in Barcelona along with last year’s Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships. In Barcelona s a 17 year old Harrison finished in the top eight in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle. Last summer he finished fourth in the 1500 freestyle at the Commonwealth Games as well as fourth in the 800 and 1500 freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships.

McKendry enjoyed success last summer winning a gold at the Commonwealth Games as part of the men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay.

Both men hope to make up for a disappointing Australian Championships in Korea.

At the championships Harrison finished fourth in the 400 freestyle and second in the 1500 freestyle, but more than 15 seconds away from his lifetime best. McKendry finished seventh in the 200 freestyle.

19 year old Matsuo will once again represent Australia on the international stage after winning a silver medal as part of the women’s 4 x 200 freestyle team at the 2013 World Championships.

Mahoney enjoyed success last summer finishing sixth at the Commonwealth Games and seventh at the Pan Pacific Championships in the 400 IM.

Downing will be the only open water representative on the team.

“We have some really strong swimmers in our team this year and I am looking forward to seeing them step up and raise the bar when we compete in July,” said Tracy Menzies, the Head Coach of the World University Games team.

“A number of our swimmers came very close to world championship selection so now it is about lining up in South Korea and improving once again from the Australian championships, setting a season’s best time and gaining confidence through race practice.”

“All of these athletes juggle study and swimming, which can be tough, so it is great to see them get the opportunity to represent Australia at an international level and prove their potential on the world stage.”

At the last World University Games in Kazan Australia finished fourth with four gold, two silver and four bronze.

The full team includes:

Male Athletes    
Nicholas Brown 19 Western Sprint WA University of Western Australia
Jared Gilliland 20 Brothers QLD Queensland University of Technology
Jacob Hansford 20 SOPAC NSW Australian College of Physical Education
Jordan Harrison 19 Miami QLD Bond University
Justin James 22 Mackay QLD Australian National University
Travis Mahoney 25 Nunawading VIC Deakin University
Ned McKendry 23 Chandler QLD Griffith University – Nathan
Jack McLoughlin 20 Brothers QLD Queensland University of Technology
Kieran Qaium 22 Sydney University NSW Australian Catholic University
Nicholas Schafer 23 River City Rapids QLD University of Wisconsin
Matthew Treloar 21 Trinity Grammar NSW University of New South Wales
Female Athletes  
Hayley Abood 26 Sydney University NSW Sydney University
Sacha Downing 18 Perth City WA Curtin University
Ellen Fullerton 22 Brothers QLD Queensland University of Technology
Tianni Gilmour 19 Pelican Waters Caloundra QLD Queensland University of Technology
Jessica Hansen 20 Nunawading VIC Deakin University
Ami Matsuo 19 Carlile NSW TAFE NSW
Kiah Melverton 18 TSS Aquatics QLD Griffith University – Gold Coast
Aisling Scott 22 Indooroopilly QLD University of Queensland
Jordan White 22 SLC Aquadot NSW University of New South Wales

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