World Champs Qualification Criteria For 2022 Australian Championships

2022 AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2022 Australian Swimming Championships kick off on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Adelaide, Australia. The first prelims session, beginning at 9 AM local time, will begin at 7:30 PM Eastern time. The meet will serve as the qualification meet for the 2022 World Championships this summer, which begins on Friday, June 17.

In order to catch up on how to watch the meet and the key storylines to look out for, check out these articles:

The purpose of this article is to give you a picture of how the qualification for World Championships will take place at this meet. You can read here for Swimming Australia’s official protocol, but it essentially shakes out to be the following:

Individual Olympic Events

  • Swimmers who place within the top 2 in the final at Trials who swim faster than the qualifying time.
  • If only the winner of the final swims faster than the qualifying time, only they are eligible to be selected for the event.
  • If no swimmer in the final swims faster than the qualifying time, a swimmer who qualifies for the team in a different event if they have “met any applicable FINA qualification time(s) for the Relevant Event.”

Medley Relays

  • The highest and second-highest ranked swimmers in each of the stroke 100s will be eligible for selection to the team in the medley relay.
  • Swimming under the qualifying time does not guarantee an athlete selection in a relay event – selection is at the sole discretion of the selection panel.

Freestyle Relays

  • First and second place finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyle finals will be selected to the team.
  • Third – eighth place finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyles will be consdiered for selection as “relay-only” swimmers.

Non-Olympic Events (Stroke 50s & Mixed 4×100 freestyle)

  • The National Head Coach will decide who, if anyone, races in non-Olympic events at World Championships.

Each section of the selection criteria is qualified by the fact that the selection panel has absolute discretion. That means that the aforementioned criteria will most likely be used, but if something unexpected happens, the panel can us their discretion to fill out the team.

There is no automatic selection criteria for the World Championships based on, for example, results at last summer’s Olympic Games.

Qualifying Times

Selection Event Men Women
50 Freestyle 22.18 25.04
100 Freestyle 48.77 54.25
200 Freestyle 1:47.06 1:58.66
400 Freestyle 3:48.15 4:10.57
800 Freestyle 7:53.11 8:37.90
1500 Freestyle 15:04.64 16:29.57
100 Backstroke 54.03 1:00.59
200 Backstroke 1:58.07 2:11.08
100 Breaststroke 59.75 1:07.43
200 Breaststroke 2:10.32 2:25.91
100 Butterfly 51.96 58.33
200 Butterfly 1:56.71 2:09.21
200 IM 1:59.76 2:12.98
400 IM 4:17.48 4:43.06

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Troyy
2 months ago

52.83! OMG O’Callaghan. 26.10/26.73!!

Robbos
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

In the heat!!!!

Troyy
Reply to  Robbos
2 months ago

And that backhalf!

Robbos
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Very excited on what she can do in the final, also looking forward to her 200 free.

Troyy
2 months ago

Was thinking Champion could challenge for the third Comm Games spot in 100 fly but he regressed.

Troyy
2 months ago

51.79 by Simpson in the heats!!

Jamesabc
2 months ago

I guess we’re using this as the prelims thread because there isn’t one?

Interesting to see no Neill in the 400 free. Elijah did well. 9th fastest time in the world this year in the heat. Keen to see what he has in the final. I’m hoping Tokyo was just an aberration and he can fulfill his potential on the world stage.

Great swim from Strauch, but was expecting a little more from Hodges. Hopefully she was deliberately taking it VERY easy…

Joel
Reply to  Jamesabc
2 months ago

Simpson did a good PB

Jamesabc
Reply to  Jamesabc
2 months ago

Oof I was actually worried for Hodges for a second. Ended up 5th in the heat which was unexpected. I really hope nothing was wrong.

Solid 52.10 for Kyle! Especially considering his lack of prep. Even a small improvement in the final should get him top 3.

Wow Cody Simpson with a huge PB (unless I missed a recent swim of his). I didn’t think he’d be in the running but he’s looking solid.

Troyy
2 months ago

No Neill in the 400 free!

Robbos
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Any reason why?

Troyy
Reply to  Robbos
2 months ago

Commentators didn’t say. If he’s healthy it seems like a strange decision.

Sub13
2 months ago

Is the meet on meet mobile? Honestly meet mobile’s UI sucks and it’s really difficult to find meets. I can’t find this one.

Troyy
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

It’s not there but sometimes it shows up quite late before the meet starts.

Troyy
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

It’s there now.

oxyswim
2 months ago

In what world does it make sense to take top 8 for a free relay? After how the 800 free relay was handled in Tokyo, it’s clear that they should leave themselves room to ride the hot hand.

Swimfan
Reply to  oxyswim
2 months ago

Well in some cases the 7th place finisher could be the game changer on a relay, Abby wietziel would have made the team, in 2013 karlee bispbo was 7th at US trials and was selected to swim the final of the relay In Budapest.

Sub13
Reply to  oxyswim
2 months ago

I don’t think they would ever take 3rd-8th just for relays only. I’m assuming that that gives them some leeway if, for example, a bunch of the swimmers in the top 6 have multiple individual events so they need the 7th or 8th placer to fill a gap in a heat.

Troyy
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

One thing is for sure they should never put a relay only swimmer straight into the final like they did in Tokyo.

Sub13
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

We are 100% agreed on that. Especially considering Mollie had already improved her trials times earlier that week.

Overconfidence and idiocy.

Verram
2 months ago

The qualifying times seem rather slow for world champs selection ?

Ldn
Reply to  Verram
2 months ago

Those are the FINA A standards rather than arbitrary ones used by a national federation; AUS did however, have extra tough Olympic trials times criteria, I’m surprised they go with the international standard like 🇺🇸 do…funny how AUS and 🇺🇸 will use these and lesser swimming nations like, well you know which ones, have hilarious Q times for the WCs…

Troyy
Reply to  Verram
2 months ago

They’ve gone back to FINA A times for the next couple of years but depending on how it goes they might go back to tougher QTs for Paris 2024.