Nay, Freney Out of Commonwealth Games; Madison Wilson, Patterson Named as Replacements

A pair of likely medalists at the 2014 Commonwealth Games for Team Australia have pulled out due to injury, Swimming Australia and the country’s Comonwealth Games Association announced early Monday morning.

Backstroker Meagen Nay and Paralympian Jacqueline Freney were both scratched from the event with limited explanation.

Nay continues to battle with shoulder problems, and apparently aggravated it on a recent St. Peter’s Western team training trip to Cairns, according to an ominous Tweet on June 19th where she says that she was looking forward to a good trip, and was then returning to Brisbane to heal. She punctuated that Tweet with the hashtag “#injurysucks.”

Freney, meanwhile, seems to be more of a run-of-the-mill ‘fatigue’ explanation that has cost her some training. She does, however, still plan to compete at the Para Pan Pacs in early August in California.

“Obviously it’s very disappointing for Meagen and Jacqui having performed so well at the Trials to earn selection, but both athletes have made a decision for the long term not to risk any further injury by competing in Scotland,” Swimming Australia CEO Michael Scott said.

“Meagen has been dealing with a shoulder injury for some time now, and the break will do her good, while Jacqui has missed some training due to fatigue and will shift her focus to the Para Pan Pacs in August .”

Australia is preparing to assemble next Sunday in Manchester, England for their staging camp ahead of the swimming portion of the event that begins on August 24th. Those para swimmers pulling double duty with Pan Pacs will have a very tight travel schedule.

Nay is the defending Commonwealth Games champion in the women’s 200 backstroke from 2010, and that year was also a part of Australia’s winning 800 free relay.

She had a tough go at last year’s World Championships, finishing just 15th in the 200 back – her best event – to miss out on the final.

Nay swam very well though at Australia’s National Championships; that included a 4th-place finish in the 200 free, a second-place finish in the 50 back,  third-place finish and sub-minute swim in the 100 back, and a 3rd-place finish in a very deep 200 back. She would have been a medal contender somewhere in the backstroke races.

Wilson was 3rd in the 50 back at Australian Nationals, just .01 seconds behind Nay, and is also Nay’s training partner. That makes her odds of medal’ing there just as good as Nay’s, though Wilson is not as good as the events get longer. She was a 1:00.6 in the 100 back at Australian Nationals. Wilson is, however, only 19 years old, so this is an important developmental opportunity for her in addition to those sprint medal chances.

Freney, meanwhile, is in a bit of a transitional area. She had one of the most successful Paralympic meets ever in 2012, winning 8 gold medals, but skipped the World Championships in 2013. The Para Pan Pacs are set up much more similarly to the Paralympic format, with multiple events for each division, and it is there where Freney will face the best competition from the likes of, for example, S7 rivals Cortney Jordan, who was the silver-medalist in the 50, 100, and 400 frees behind Freney in London.

The updated Commonwealth Games roster is below:

2014 Commonwealth Games Team

First Name Last Name Age Club State
Male Athletes      
Matthew Abood 27 Sydney University NSW
Joshua Alford 18 Tuggeranong Vikings NSW
Jesse Aungles 18 Marion SA
Joshua Beaver 21 Tigersharks VIC
Blake Cochrane 23 Southern Cross QLD
Matthew Cowdrey 25 Marion SA
Rowan Crothers 16 Yeronga Park QLD
Tommaso D’Orsogna 23 Commercial QLD
Daniel Fox 22 Chandler QLD
Thomas Fraser-Holmes 22 Miami QLD
Jared Gilliland 19 Nudgee Brothers QLD
Jayden Hadler 20 SOPAC NSW
Brenden Hall 20 Lawnton QLD
Jordan Harrison 18 Miami QLD
Mack Horton 17 Melbourne Vicentre VIC
Grant Irvine 23 St Peters Western QLD
Mitchell Kilduff 18 Hurstville Aquatic NSW
Mitchell Larkin 20 St Peters Western QLD
Matson Lawson 21 Tigersharks VIC
Matthew Levings 20 Miami QLD
James Magnussen 22 SOPAC NSW
Travis Mahoney 23 Nunawading VIC
Cameron McEvoy 19 Palm Beach Currumbin QLD
Ned McKendry 21 St Peters Western QLD
David McKeon 21 Wests Illawarra Aquatics NSW
Mitchell Pratt 18 Tigersharks VIC
Christian Sprenger 28 Commercial QLD
Kenneth To 21 Trinity Grammar NSW
Daniel Tranter 22 SOPAC NSW
Ben Treffers 22 Burley Griffin NSW
Chris Wright 25 Southport Olympic QLD
Female Athletes
Jessica Ashwood 20 SOPAC NSW
Bronte Barratt 25 St Peters Western QLD
Alanna Bowles 16 Rocky City QLD
Cate Campbell 21 Commercial QLD
Bronte Campbell 19 Commercial QLD
Alicia Coutts 26 Redlands QLD
Laura Crockart 19 Ryde Carlile NSW
Katherine Downie 18 Westside Christchurch WA
Maddison Elliott 15 Novocastrian NSW
Brittany Elmslie 19 St Peters Western QLD
Remy Fairweather 17 Pelican Waters Caloundra QLD
Ellen Gandy 22 Nunawading VIC
Madeline Groves 18 St Peters Western QLD
Belinda Hocking 23 Nunawading VIC
Sally Hunter 28 Marion SA
Emma McKeon 19 Wests Illawarra Aquatics NSW
Taylor McKeown 19 Indooroopilly QLD
Keryn McMaster 20 Waterworx QLD
Kotuku Ngawati 19 Melbourne Vicentre VIC
Lakeisha Patterson 15 Southern Cross QLD
Jessica Pengelly 22 West Coast WA
Leiston Pickett 22 Southport Olympic QLD
Melanie Schlanger 27 Southport Olympic QLD
Madeleine Scott 21 Leisurepark Lizards WA
Emily Seebohm 21 Nudgee Brothers QLD
Lorna Tonks 25 Indooroopilly QLD
Tessa Wallace 20 Pelican Waters Caloundra QLD
Madison Wilson 20 St Peters Western QLD
Section Manager
Michael Scott
Head Coach
Jacco Verhaeren
Brant Best SOPAC NSW
Peter Bishop Marion SA
Michael Bohl St Peters Western QLD
Matthew Brown Nudgee Brothers QLD
Simon Cusack Indooroopilly QLD
John Fowlie National Training Centre ACT
Rob Hindmarsh Chandler QLD
Craig Jackson Melbourne Vicentre VIC
Chris Mooney Indooroopilly QLD
Vince Raleigh Chandler QLD
Richard Scarce Palm Beach Currumbin QLD
Rohan Taylor Nunawading VIC
Support Staff
Adam Pine Manager
Gary Vandeburgt Manager
Matt Chamberlain Doctor
Georgia Ridler Psychologist
Craig Boettcher Physiotherapist
Justin McEvoy Physiotherapist
Clare Burns Massage Therapist
Bernd Adolph Massage Therapist
Clare Jones Performance Analysis
Jess Corones Performance Analysis
Mark Osborne Sports Science

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Recently, Madison Wilson competed in the Grand Prix series. Here are her results:
100m back (PB – 1:00.32)
GP1: 1:00.70
GP2: 1:01.09
GP3: 1:00.34

200m back (PB – 2:09.22)
GP1: 2:11.67
GP2: 2:13.80
GP3: 2:13.39

As for replacing Meagen Nay in the 4x200m free relay, I believe the job will be given to Melanie Schlanger. At trials she swam heats only and posted a rather mediocre time of 1:59.72. However, it was her time she swam at the 2nd meeting of the Grand Prix series that would put her in contention for a relay spot come Comm Games – a 1:57.29 (3rd best Aussie in 2014). Australia’s 4x200M free relay line up should look something like this:
1. Emma McKeon
2. Brittany Elmslie
3. Melanie Schlanger
4. Bronte Barratt


Queensland seems to be the powerhouse of swimming in Australia.


Queensland has very agreeable weather.

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