Multi-Event Swimmer List Grows For Aussies’ World Championships Roster


We saw numerous swimmers who had already qualified gain new events for their World Championships lineups, while additional names were added to the list of individual qualifiers through Day 3 of these Australian Swimming Championships.

18-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan is having a wildly successful meet, inserting the 200m free and 100m back into her Budapest lineup, one which already had the 100m free individual event on her list.

Kaylee McKeown also became a multi-event program swimmer, having already nailed a 400m IM time good enough for Budapest but now adding the 100m back into the mix.

Newly-minted 200m breast World Record holder Zac Stubblety-Cook also gained a second event, looping the 100m breast in with his dominant win from last night.

The top two finishers in the women’s 100m breaststroke, Jenna Strauch and Abbey Harkin, also qualified in the 200m breast, while Ariarne Titmus notched her first individual bid by winning the 200m free.

Titmus, however, has been adamant that she won’t be competing at the World Championships, which likely slots Madi Wilson into the second individual spot in the women’s 200 free when the official roster is announced.

Adding a third individual event to his World Championship lineup was Elijah Winnington, who topped the men’s 800 freestyle in a personal best time of 7:45.30. Winnington is now in line to race the 200, 400 and 800 free in Budapest.

Placing second was 18-year-old Samuel Short, who narrowly missed qualifying earlier in the 400 free but adds his name to the roster here as he crushed the FINA ‘A’ cut by nearly four and a half seconds in 7:48.65.

Brendon Smith and Se-Bom Lee got it done in the men’s 200m IM to qualify for Budapest as well, giving the Aussie roster a healthy-looking count with 2 days’ worth of competition yet to transpire.

Australian World Championships Tentative Individual Qualifiers Through Day 3

  • Elijah Winnington – men’s 400m freestyle (3:43.10), 200m free (1:46.01), 800m free (7:45.30)
  • Mack Horton – men’s 400m freestyle (3:44.06)
  • Lani Pallister – women’s 800m freestyle (8:17.77)
  • Kiah Melverton – women’s 800m freestyle (8:22.64)
  • Joshua Edwards-Smith – men’s 200m back (1:56.71)
  • Mitch Larkin – men’s 200m back (1:56.79)
  • Jenna Strauch – women’s 100m breast (1:06.69), 200m breast (2:23.26)
  • Abbey Harkin – women’s 100m breast (1:06.88), 200m breast (2:24.85)
  • Matt Temple – men’s 100m fly (51.50)
  • Kyle Chalmers – men’s 100m fly (51.67)*
  • Mollie O’Callaghan – women’s 100m free (52.49), 200m free (1:54.94), 100m back (59.12)
  • Shayna Jack – women’s 100m free (52.60)
  • Thomas Nowakowski – men’s 50m free (21.86)
  • Grayson Bell – men’s 50m free (22.08)
  • Brianna Throssell – women’s 100m fly (57.31)
  • Zac Incerti – men’s 200m free (1:45.80)
  • Kaylee McKeown – women’s 400m IM (4:31.74), 100m back (58.49)
  • Jenna Forrester – women’s 400m IM (4:36.72)
  • Zac Stubblety-Cook – men’s 200m breast (2:05.95) WR, 100m breast (59.60)
  • Matt Wilson – men’s 200m breast (2:10.14)
  • Ariarne Titmus – women’s 200m free (1:53.31)**
  • Brendon Smith – men’s 200m IM (1:58.59)
  • Se-Bom Lee – men’s 200m IM (1:59.48)
  • Samuel Short – men’s 800m free (7:48.65)

*Kyle Chalmers has previously stated he would not be competing at this summer’s World Championships; with his opting out, Cody Simpson would be the next in line for a possible slot as the men’s 2nd 100m butterfly qualifier. However, Chalmers has recently indicated that he’s reconsidering that decision.

**Ariarne Titmus has said she won’t swim at the World Championships, which would move Madi Wilson into the second individual spot in the women’s 200 free.

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8 months ago

I read the qualifying rules, but I’m also new to following Intl swimming – please help me understand how the math works out if:

– Worlds, can take top 2, max team size 52

– CommGames, can take top 3, max team size 46

Are there different # of events at each championship? I suppose I could look that up, but better to ask you experts 😉.

Thank you!

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