A 3rd Australian swimmer has pulled out of the 2014 Pan Pac Championships that begin late next week in the Gold Coast, Australia with an injury or illness. Sprinter and IM’er Kenneth To will not be at the meet, as a result of an un-specified injury that will result in surgery.
“I’m disappointed I won’t be racing at Pan Pacs or the rest of the Short Course season due to surgery but I understand the decision is based with a long-term view in mind. After my recovery I’m looking forward to bigger and better things ahead in my career,” To said.
Though the announcement by Swimming Australia wasn’t specific as to the nature of the injury,but To confirmed that the injury is a L4-L5 disc herniation, and the surgery he will be having is called a microdiscectomy.
That now reduces the roster to 40, after Christian Sprenger and Remy Fairweather both also pulled out of the meet. To’s absence makes the last-minute addition of Jake Packard to the team even more significant. To would have likely been the backup breaststroker to Sprenger were Packard, the runner up in the 100 breaststroke at Australia’s Nationals, not on the roster.
To will also miss the FINA World Short Course Championships and World Cup Series as a result. Those events, both held in a 25 meter pool, are where To’s fantastic underwaters really make him a star. To finished 5th at the FINA World Cup Series overall last year, despite missing the last three meets of the 8-meet run. He had 8 individual titles across the series.
40 AUSTRALIANS FOR THE GOLD COAST
Men (22): Matthew Abood (NSW), Josh Beaver (VIC), Tommaso D’Orsogna (QLD), Thomas Fraser-Holmes (QLD), Jayden Hadler (NSW), Jordan Harrison (QLD), Mack Horton (VIC), Simon Huitenga (WA), Mitch Larkin (QLD), Matson Lawson (VIC), Travis Mahoney (VIC), James Magnussen (NSW), Rhys Mainstone (WA), Cameron McEvoy (QLD), Ned McKendry (QLD), David McKeon (NSW), Jake Packard (QLD), Jarrod Poort (NSW), Daniel Tranter (NSW), Ben Treffers (NSW), Chris Wright (QLD)
Women (19): Jessica Ashwood (NSW), Bronte Barratt (QLD), Alanna Bowles (QLD), Cate Campbell (QLD), Bronte Campbell (QLD), Alicia Coutts (QLD), Brittany Elmslie (QLD), Madeline Groves (QLD), Chelsea Gubecka (QLD), Belinda Hocking (VIC), Sally Hunter (SA), Kareena Lee (QLD), Emma McKeon (NSW), Taylor McKeown (QLD), Keryn McMaster (QLD), Melanie Schlanger (QLD), Emily Seebohm (QLD), Lorna Tonks (QLD), Jessica Walker (QLD)