Verhaeren: These Australian Trials Truly Are A Test For All Of Us


Video courtesy of Swimming Australia.

We unpacked the Australian Trials’ new format in our SwimSwam preview, but hear from Australian Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren himself on how he envisions the 4-day meet unrolling. Not only are the traditional semi-finals removed from the competition timeline, but the event itself is being held just 5 weeks out from the Commonwealth Games, a new model the green and gold are trying out in light of a relatively disappointing Rio Olympics and Budapest World Championships.

Speaking on-site at the Optus Aquatic Center, Verhaeren points to how the Trials are not only the test event for the actual Commonwealth Games, themselves, as they are being held in the same facility, but the new meet format and timing is a test event for the Aussie athletes as a whole.

“The facilities here are excellent and while many of our athletes train outdoors, the opportunity to swim under the Gold Coast sun in the competition venue just weeks before the Games is a major advantage for our team.

“This will be one of the biggest Trials yet and I have no doubt competition will be tough, and we will see some outstanding performances this week,” Verhaeren said.

The Honourable Kate Jones, Minster for Tourism Industry and Development and the Commonwealth Games said, “All the stars of Australian swimming will assemble on the Gold Coast this week, making for a great spectacle for locals. For the athletes, this is just as much about qualifying for the Games as it is getting a better feel for the venue.”

Verhaeren reiterates that all Australian elite swimmers are slated to swim, with no exceptions. There is, however, one man missing, as Thomas Fraser-Holmes is in the midst of serving his doping ban. Olympic silver medalist Maddie Groves is still being reported as ‘questionable’ by local Australian media.

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Handling a double taper or extended taper is not something Aussie coaches are familiar with. They will make mistakes and swimmers will misfire as they learn the process, but it will be for the better in the future. I just hope they dont give up on it quickly if they fail once


I don’t know why, but nothing excites me like Aussie trials. Perhaps because they’ve traditionally been the earliest big nation and tend to signal the start of the new season. Can’t wait; best of luck to all the athletes.

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo

I sincerely hope that McEvovy goes 47 low again to challenge Dressel. Chalmers as well. Imagine this at Pan Pacs

Dressel 46.8
McEvovy 47.1
Chalmers 47.5

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo

Key word: Imagine


We will know soon about the aussies. Do you think they will be in peak form after CGs? I see those guys both about .5 slower. Dressel could be anywhere from 46.9 to 47.3. I wonder if another American can take Adrian’s spot?

Aussie crawl

Can I wake you up from your dream now ??


As much as many would like to see the Aussies around 47 low right now that doesn’t look likely. I’d love to be wrong tho!!

Sum Ting Wong

Not in a 4 day meet . I think like Jacco says , they are looking to test a new more efficient selection that is still fair . Overall it saves 4 days expenses per family easy $1,500.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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