2022 Australian Swimming Championships
- Wednesday, May 18 – Sunday, May 22, 2022
- SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park, South Australia
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Central
- Entry List
The entries for the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships have dropped, with many of the country’s best set to suit up in two weeks’ time, though there are also some noteworthy names absent.
The competition will serve as Swimming Australia’s qualifier for the 2022 World Championships and Commonwealth Games, though some of the top Aussies have already pulled their name out of the mix for Worlds.
That list includes the following:
Fresh off of winning double gold last summer in the women’s backstroke events, Kaylee McKeown has entered four events at the meet, set to take on the women’s 100 and 200 back and the 200 and 400 IM.
The 20-year-old opted not to contest either medley race at the Olympics last summer, though she would’ve been a gold medal contender had she been in the field. Her personal best time of 2:08.19 in the 200 IM, set at the 2021 Olympic Trials, was faster than what it took to win gold in the Olympic final (2:08.52).
Among the breakout stars last summer for Australia was Mollie O’Callaghan, and the 18-year-old has entered a whopping six events in SA: women’s 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 back, 100 back and 200 back.
Another swimmer that jumps off the entry list is Lewis Burras, a British native who had an explosive performance at their National Trials meet last month, including putting up one of the top times in the world this year in the men’s 100 freestyle (47.88).
Shortly after that meet, Burras followed his coach, Zoe Baker, down under as she assumed head coaching duties at Peel Aquatics in Western Australia.
Burras is entered to swim the 50 free, 100 free and 50 fly. As an international athlete, he will be only be eligible to race in the ‘B’ final.
Shayna Jack, who is coming off a two-year suspension (that was initially four years), will be among the favorites to take over the top spot in the women’s sprint freestyle events with the absences of McKeon and the Campbell sisters. Jack is entered in the 50 and 100 free.
Clyde Lewis, who was a finalist in the 200 free at the 2019 World Championships (breaking the 1:45 barrier in the semis) has only entered in the 100 free for the competition.
Other Notable Entries
- Mitch Larkin – men’s 100/200 back, 200 IM
- Brendon Smith – men’s 200/400 free, 200/400 IM
- Mack Horton – men’s 100/200/400/800 free
- Thomas Neill – men’s 50/100/200/400 free, 100 back, 200 IM
- Zac Stubblety-Cook – men’s 50/100/200 breast
- Minna Atherton – women’s 50/100/200 back
- Meg Harris – women’s 50/100/200 free, 50/100 fly