Matt Wilson Gets The Nod For 35-Strong Aussie Olympic Roster


The 2021 Swimming Australia Olympic Trials are done and dusted with a roster of 35 men and women ultimately being named from what transpired in Adelaide. The week-long affair provided electrifying performances, with Kaylee McKeown breaking the World Record in the women’s 100m back, as well as Commonwealth Records being set by Emma McKeon in the 200m back, Ariarne Titmus in the 200m/400m freestyle and Zac Stubblety-Cook in the men’s 200m breast.

First to note is that both Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm have qualified for their 4th Olympic Games. C1 qualified in the individual 50m free and 100m free events as well as the relays, while Seebohm scored spots in the 100m and 200m backstroke. They join Leisel Jones as the only Aussie swimmers ever to have qualified for four Olympic Games.

Kyle Chalmers took the 100m and 200m freestyle titles this week, meaning we’ll be seeing him dive in multiple times in Tokyo, including most likely against American Caeleb Dressel in a rematch of their World Championships 100m freestyle duel.

Also of note is that Matt Wilson, former World Record holder in the men’s 200m breaststroke, was nominated to the team under Swimming Australia’s ‘extenuating circumstances’ clause. The man who placed 2nd behind the aforementioned Stubblety-Cook but missed the 2breast qualification time was grieving a death in the family recently which Swimming Australia said disrupted Wilson’s Trial performance and preparation.

Short course World Record holder Minna Atherton will not be going to Tokyo after missing out on qualification opportunities in her events. This is significant, as the 21-year-old has medaled on the world stage before, having captured silver in the women’s 100m back in Gwangju at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

Finally, in terms of Aussie medalists from Rio that will not repeat their podium performances, Maddie Groves dropped out of the Trials and will not be repeating her 200m fly silver from 2016. Additionally, Mack Horton missed individual qualification in the 400m free, meaning we will have a new gold medalist next month in Tokyo.

Relay medalists from Rio James Roberts, Jake Packard and Taylor McKeown will also be on the sidelines this time around.

Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman said of the Aussie roster, “Tonight’s selection caps a special week in the pool, with exceptional achievements from our athletes. Swimming has such an incredible Olympic history for our country and this Team is ready to build on that legacy with their own inspiring performances in Tokyo.

“Congratulations to all of the athletes, the coaches, support staff, friends and family who have been there every step of the way to help them realise their Olympic dream.”

“I want to highlight Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm in particular – achieving a feat of four Olympic Games, only reached by one Australian swimmer in history, is testament to their persistence, character and talent and I am thrilled to have such fantastic ambassadors on the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo.

Swimming Australia Head Coach Rohan Taylor stated, “I’ve been really pleased with the performances this week. It’s so great to be able to get back to quality racing at a meet like this and see our team perform so well. I feel we have a strong team, and I’m particularly pleased with the strength of our relays, it shows the fantastic depth in this squad.

“Getting selected onto the Olympic Games is a real team effort. These athletes have great support behind them, congratulations and thank you to the coaches, support staff and supporters who have helped make this happen.

“We have a big five weeks ahead of us. Now it’s about preparing our athletes for what they’ll experience and get them ready to perform on the biggest stage in the world in Tokyo.”


Australian Olympic Swimming Team for Tokyo

•    Bronte Campbell, Knox Pymble, NSW
•    Cate Campbell, Knox Pymble, NSW
•    Tamsin Cook, UWA West Coast, WA
•    Madeleine Gough, TSS Aquatic, QLD
•    Jessica Hansen, Cruiz, ACT
•    Meg Harris, St Peters Western, QLD
•    Abbey Harkin, St Peters Western, QLD
•    Chelsea Hodges, Southport Olympic, QLD
•    Emma McKeon, Griffith University, QLD
•    Kaylee McKeown, USC Spartans, QLD
•    Kiah Melverton, TSS Aquatic, QLD
•    Leah Neale, Chandler, QLD
•    Mollie O’Callaghan, St Peters Western, QLD
•    Emily Seebohm, Griffith University, QLD
•    Jenna Strauch, Bond, QLD
•    Brianna Throssell, UWA West Coast, WA
•    Ariarne Titmus St Peters Western, QLD
•    Madison Wilson, Marion, SA
•    Kyle Chalmer, Marion, SA
•    Isaac Cooper, Rackley, QLD
•    Alexander Graham, Bond, QLD
•    Tristan Hollard, Southport Olympic, QLD
•    Mack Horton, Melbourne Viccentre, VIC
•    Zac Incerti, UWA West Coast, WA
•    Mitch Larkin, St Peters Western, QLD
•    Se-Bom Lee, Carlile, NSW
•    Cam McEvoy, TSS Aquatic, QLD
•    Jack McLoughlin, Chandler, QLD
•    David Morgan, TSS Aquatic, QLD
•    Thomas Neill, Rackley, QLD
•    Brendon Smith, Nunawading, VIC
•    Zac Stubblety-Cook, Chandler, QLD
•    Matthew Temple, Nunawading, VIC
•    Matthew Wilson, SOPAC Swim, NSW
•    Elijah Winnington, St Peters Western, QLD


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1 month ago

WOW! He was crushed after the 200 breast. Happy for him.

1 month ago

No dekkers or short?

Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Yeah, would love for them to have been taken for experience sake.

Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Matts been in the Aussie team for nearly 4 years. Has the runs on the board at international level and had a genuine excuse for a horrible week (death in the family). That coupled with a WR swim within 1.5 years, I think he definitely deserves the final spot. Tough pill to swallow for Dekkers but she is 16. She will be in the Comm Games team next year

1 month ago


Old Man Chalmers
1 month ago

elated for wilson but livid that dekkers didn’t get the nod

1 month ago

Are they taking 6th place in relays

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

they did for every relay except for the mens 100 free

Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 month ago

Horton’s time as 6th in 200free was a competitive one; he also has a good relay record. Roberts in the 100 was not competitive (north of 49.0) and has an erratic relay record.

Amadeus Quix
1 month ago

Happy for Matt Wilson! I understand how Australia set their 2:08.28 qualification standard. I also think I understand the rationale for doing so, though I don’t completely agree with the logic. But I just feel like leaving your 2nd place 2:08.5 200 Breaststroker at home would be a mistake. 2:08.5 is really FAST (not to mention that he has been faster). I mean, the WR is 2:06.1! I just can’t help comparing that 2.4 second gap to other 200m WRs. Imagine requiring your 2nd place swimmer to go a 1:44.4 200 Fr, 1:53.1 200 Fly, 1:54.3 200 Back, or 1:56.4 200 IM just to make it to the Olympics. Obviously there is flaws with this comparison, but I think it… Read more »

Reply to  Amadeus Quix
1 month ago

If you used 2,4 seconds from the WR as cut point no one in the world would be swimming the women 200 fly and Milak would swim alone..

Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

to be fair chupkov is going to lower the record a solid chunk come July. But still.

M d e
Reply to  Megbert
1 month ago

Zac Stubblety-Cook or Sato will win at Tokyo.

Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

It would be interesting, alone in the prelims, the semis and 1:49 mid or low if he would find every wall precisely. (Or with MP, LeClos and Seto)
But it’s not that case so 1:49 high 😉

1 month ago

Horton got away with a bad tapper…going to medal on the 4×200

Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

This is the greatest news I’ve ever seen this week

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