Swimming Australia World Championships Qualifying Criteria – Japan Open In Play

Swimming Australia has published its qualification criteria for the 2024 World Championships headed to Doha, Qatar in February.

Due to the timing of the championships, Swimming Australia is unable to conduct a specific Trials meet for the occasion and will not be sending a full team to Doha. Instead, a maximum team size of 20 athletes will be selected from a targeted Australian Dolphins pool of swimmers, in a process of two phases.

  • Phase I Qualifying Events – 2023 World Championship Trials (Melbourne, AUS), 2023 World Championships (Fukuoka, JPN)
  • Phase II Qualifying Events – 2023 Pro Swim Championships (Irvine, CA, USA), 2023 World Junior Championships (Netanya, ISR), 2023 World Aquatics Swimming World Cup Series, 2023 Japan Open (Tokyo, JPN), 2023 Queensland Championships (Queensland, AUS)

Phase I athletes take priority over phase II with swimmers ranked according to the qualifying times listed below.


There are already 20 swimmers who have nailed qualification times from the World Championships; however, not all may opt to attend the competition which is set to end just 159 days before the opening of the Paris Olympic Games.

We reported how several key Aussies are indeed headed to Tokyo to race at the Japan Open, including Kyle Chalmers, Matt Temple and Elizabeth Dekkers. All 3 are among the athletes who have already punched their tickets to Doha in at least one event although Chelsea Hodges, who was absent from the World Championships due to an injury, will also be there to vie for a spot.

As for the Queensland Championships, that annual long course affair is scheduled for December 9th – December 15th which means we’ll find out the official Aussie roster for Doha shortly after then. Look for a Queensland Championships preview to be published shortly.

Aussies Who Notched QT’s at World Championships

Cameron McEvoy – 21.06 men’s 50m free
Isaac Cooper – 21.70 men’s 50m free
Kyle Chalmers – 47.15 men’s 100m free
Sam Short – 3:40.68 men’s 400m free, 7:37.76 800m free, 14:37.28 1500m free
Elijah Winnington – 3:44.26 men’s 400m free
Bradley Woodward – 1:56.29 men’s 200m back
Zac Stubblety-Cook – 2:06.40 men’s 200m breast
Matt Temple – 50.81 men’s 100m fly
Brendon Smith – 4:10.37 men’s 400m IM

Shayna Jack – 24.10 women’s 50m free
Emma McKeon – 24.35 women’s 50m free, 52.83 100m free, 56.88 100m fly
Mollie O’Callaghan – 52.16 women’s 100m free, 1:52.85 200m free
Ariarne Titmus – 1:53.01 women’s 200m free, 3:55.38 400m free, 8:13.59 800m free
Lani Pallister – 4:03.49 (heats) women’s 400m free, 8:21.33 800m free, 15:49.17 1500m free
Kaylee McKeown – 57.53 women’s 100m back, 2:03.85 200m back
Jenna Forrester – 2:09.74 (semi-final) women’s 200m back
Abbey Harkin – 2:23.65 (semi-final) women’s 200m breast
Brianna Throssell – 57.14 (semi-final) women’s 100m fly
Elizabeth Dekkers – 2:05.46 women’s 200m fly
Jenna Forrester – 2:08.98 women’s 200m IM, 4:32.30 400m IM

Aussies (other than those times above) Who Notched QT’s at Australian Trials

Kaylee McKeown – 2:07.60 women’s 200m IM
Elijah Winnington – 7:45.75 men’s 800m free
Mollie O’Callaghan – 58.42 women’s 100m back
Abbey Connor – 2:07.61 women’s 200m fly
Flynn Southam – 47.77 men’s 100m free

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3 months ago

so the head coach can select a swimmer under priority four, but if that swimmer withdraws, their replacement could well be faster if the withdrawn swimmer does not have an aussie QT,but a FINA A . In which case wouldn’t that latter swimmer be selected anyway ahead of the one that is supposed to have withdrawn??

3 months ago

Interesting to note Harkin not swimming breaststroke at Qld champs

Reply to  Calara
3 months ago

Harkin already has 200 brs time for wc selection. All she needs right now

3 months ago

These are the QTs I’ve got for phase one:

Jack Cartwright – 100FR
Kyle Chalmers – 100FR
Abbey Connor – 200FL
Isaac Cooper – 50FR
Liz Dekkers – 200FL
Jenna Forrester – 200BK, 200IM, 400IM
Abbey Harkin – 100BR, 200BR
Meg Harris – 50FR, 100FR
Shayna Jack – 50FR, 100FR
Cam McEvoy – 50FR
Emma McKeon – 50FR, 100FR, 100FL
Kaylee McKeown – 100BK, 200BK, 200IM
Mollie O’Callaghan – 100BK, 50FR, 100FR, 200FR
Lani Pallister – 200FR, 400FR, 800FR, 1500FR
Sam Short – 400FR, 800FR, 1500FR
Brendon Smith – 400IM
Flynn Southam – 100FR
Zac Stubblety-Cook – 200BR
Kai Taylor – 200FR… Read more »

Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

Abbey Harkin should just be 200BR but I was unable to edit it when then the post got stuck in the spam filter. It seems like the filter captures any post over a certain size?

Last edited 3 months ago by Troyy
3 months ago

You’re missing a couple. Cartwright was a 47.8 leading off the 100 free relay and Jack swam a 52.2 leading off the 100 free relay heat, so they’d both be eligible for those. Presumably Jack would get the nod over McKeon because her time is faster even though she didn’t swim the individual (not that it matters because McKeon isn’t going).

We know Emma and Kaylee aren’t going. But if MOC, Jack and Throssell go, and then either Hodges qualifies in Japan or Harkin takes a spot, they actually have a viable medley relay.

3 months ago

“ Shayna Jack – 23.62 women’s 50m free”. Helluva typo 👀

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