Initial Entries Revealed For Australian Olympic Trials


Just as we’re getting ready for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials which take place in the month of June, the nation of Australia is about to see their best athletes vie for spots on the roster for Tokyo as well.

The start lists for the 2021 Swimming Australia Olympic Trials have officially been released, giving us insight into the events the nation’s best of the best athletes will be going for this summer. There are some expected entries intermingled with a few surprises, which still may change once the actual event begins on June 12th.

Based on these start lists, however, below are some key athletes’ entries as they stand today. We’ll delve deeper into the entries in separate, future posts.

In the meantime, here are some important things we noticed:

  • No Clyde Lewis. Changes can still be made to the entries, but, for now, the World Championships 200m freestyle finalist is absent from the entry lists.
  • Mitch Larkin has opted for the 200m IM in addition to his backstroke, with the 100m fly thrown in as well.
  • Kaylee McKeown opted out of the 400m IM, but has included the 100m/200m backstroke and 200m IM events.
  • Kyle Chalmers is gunning for the 100m/200m free; has not entered the 50m free nor 100m fly at this point.
  • Out-of-retirement Matt Targett and Andrew Lauterstein both appear on the entries.
  • Defending Olympic silver medalist Maddie Groves is not entered in the 200m fly.
  • 400m free Olympic finalist Tamsin Cook is capping off her return with several individual events here.

Notable Women’s Initial Entries

  • Minna Atherton – 100m/200m back
  • Holly Barratt – 50m/100m free, 100m fly, 100m back
  • Bronte Campbell – 50m/100m free
  • Cate Campbell – 50m/100m free
  • Tamsin Cook – 100m/200m/400m free
  • Elizabeth Dekkers – 100m/200m fly
  • Meg Harris – 50m/100m/200m free
  • Emma McKeon – 50m/100m/200m free, 100m fly
  • Kaylee McKeown – 100m/200m back, 200m IM
  • Taylor McKeown – 100m/200m breast
  • Leah Neale – 50m/100m/200m/400m free
  • Mollie O’Callaghan – 50m/100m/200m free, 100m back
  • Lani Pallister – 200m/400m/800m/1500m free
  • Emily Seebohm – 100m/200m back
  • Ariarne Titmus – 200m/400m/800m free
  • Brianna Throssell – 100m/200m free, 100m/200m fly
  • Madi Wilson – 50m/100m/200m free, 100m back
  • Maddie Groves – 50m free, 100m fly

Notable Men’s Initial Entries

  • Jack Cartwright – 50m/100m/200m free
  • Kyle Chalmers – 100m/200m free
  • Thomas Fraser-Holmes – 200m free
  • Cameron McEvoy – 50m/100m/200m free
  • Mack Horton – 100m/200m/400m/800m free
  • Mitch Larkin – 100m/200m back, 200m IM, 100m fly
  • Andrew Lauterstein – 50m free
  • Jack McLoughlin – 200m/400m/800m/1500m free
  • Thomas Neill – 100m/200m/400m/800m/1500m free
  • James Roberts – 50m/100m free
  • Cody Simpson – 100m free/100m fly
  • Sam Short – 200m/400m/800m/1500m free
  • Zac Stubblety-Cook – 100m/200m breast
  • Matt Targett – 50m/100m free
  • Matthew Temple – 100m/200m free, 100m/200m fly
  • Matt Wilson – 100m/200m breast
  • Elijah Winnington – 100m/200m/400m/800m free


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2 years ago

V3 out, clyde lewis entered 200 free (seeded1), 100 free (seeded 2nd)..

2 years ago

I might have missed some announcements, but does anyone know why Maddie Groves isn’t swimming the 200 fly (anymore)? (besides the obvious factor of 200 fly being a horrible race to swim – #200breastgang)

Reply to  Koen
2 years ago

Whilst the AUS level in W200fly is less than stellar, she’s barely been sighted competitively over this Olympic cycle. Might it be that she and/or her coach have figured that she hasn’t done the necessary work to make it viable.

Reply to  commonwombat
2 years ago

that’s fair enough. Thanks!

2 years ago

Gonna be watching Matt Wilson to see how his form is in the 200 breast compared to Sato, Chupkov and Kamminga

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Landen
2 years ago

and Stubblety-Cook.

2 years ago

What are Cameron McEvoy’s chances? Has he been training seriously?

Corn Pop
Reply to  Marklewis
2 years ago

He has not been the same since he met the Pope.

Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

Please explain!!!!

Corn Pop
Reply to  Robbos
2 years ago

On the Mare Nostrum – tour they popped over for the Rome meet & a bunch of them got to meet the Pope. Cam went downhill . I figure he’s twisted & ethically challenged to come face with the killers of Galileo.
. I could offer relativism therapy – hey Cam they topped off millions. That settled, can you
get into the high 48s , we might need it .

Reply to  Robbos
2 years ago

Think its another way of saying he’s been “out to lunch”, performance-wise, for the past 4 years.

Reply to  commonwombat
2 years ago

OK thanks, yes not sure what happened to him

Joris Bohnson
2 years ago


2 years ago

clearly no one is a cody simpson fan here …

2 years ago

Does that mean that Kaylee is not contesting 400IM at Olympics? Or can she still be picked because of previous times in the year?

Reply to  PeatyPiper
2 years ago

I think she said she wasn’t swimming the 400 ages ago, didn’t she? 100/200bk & 200IM individually, then relays.

Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Hosszu had similar program in Rio and her strong 400IM result affected significantly everything that followed including skipping 200fly.
But it could be just “iron” specifics and McKeown has other reasons to not race in this event at OG.

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

That’s the reason her coach gave.

2 years ago

I know McKeown won’t be swimming the 400 IM, but after that 4:32 with much room for improvement – I think she would win the event if she swam it in Tokyo.

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