Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon embrace after qualifying for the Australian Swimming Team

Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon embrace after qualifying. Credit: Twitter/SwimmingAus

The Australian Swimming Team for the Tokyo 2020 was finalised after an eventful week of Trials in Adelaide.

As the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials came to a close on Thursday night, the Australian Olympic Committee announced one of the country’s fiercest teams in recent history, naming 35 athletes that will be flying over to Tokyo a part of the Australian Swimming team in July.

There were incredible performances throughout the trials with Australian and Commonwealth records being blown out of the water. Ariarne Titmus finished just shy of Katie Ledecky’s world record in the 400m Freestyle, Kaylee McKeown showed what she was made of breaking the world record in the 100m backstroke and backed up her incredible form breaking the Commonwealth record in the 200m backstroke on the final night of competition.

Leisel Jones is will no longer be the lone Australian swimmer to make four Olympic Games with Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell being named to the team. Additionally, three athletes have been named to their third Olympics, nine to their second and 21 will be making their Olympic debut.

Chef de Mission for Tokyo Ian Chesterman made a point to mention Campbell and Seebohm’s astounding achievement

“Tonight’s selection caps a special week in the pool, with exceptional achievements from our athletes,” Mr Chesterman said.

“Swimming has such an incredible Olympic history for our country and this Team is ready to build on that legacy with their own inspiring performances in Tokyo.

“Congratulations to all of the athletes, the coaches, support staff, friends and family who have been there every step of the way to help them realise their Olympic dream.”

“I want to highlight Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm in particular – achieving a feat of four Olympic Games, only reached by one Australian swimmer in history, is testament to their persistence, character and talent and I am thrilled to have such fantastic ambassadors on the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo.”

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Swimming Australia Head Coach Rohan Taylor welcomed the depth in this year’s team.

“I’ve been really pleased with the performances this week,” Taylor said.

“It’s so great to be able to get back to quality racing at a meet like this and see our team perform so well. I feel we have a strong team, and I’m particularly pleased with the strength of our relays, it shows the fantastic depth in this squad.

“Getting selected onto the Olympic Games is a real team effort. These athletes have great support behind them, congratulations and thank you to the coaches, support staff and supporters who have helped make this happen.

“We have a big five weeks ahead of us. Now it’s about preparing our athletes for what they’ll experience and get them ready to perform on the biggest stage in the world in Tokyo.”

Additionally, former World record-holder Matt Wilson was nominated to the Team under Swimming Australia’s selection policy under extenuating circumstances. Due to family bereavement disrupting Wilson’s trial preparation and performance offering him the opportunity to attend his first Olympics in the relay team.

The swimming will commence on the 24th of July running until the 1st of August at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Australian Swimming Team

AthleteEventOlympic History
Bronte CampbellRelay3rd Games (2012, 2016)
Cate Campbell50m & 100m Freestyle4th Games (2008, 2012, 2016)
Tamsin Cook400m Freestyle2nd Games (2016)
Madeline Gough1500m FreestyleDebut
Jessica Hansen100m BreaststrokeDebut
Meg HarrisRelayDebut
Abbey Harkin200m BreaststrokeDebut
Chelsea Hodges100m BreaststrokeDebut
Emma McKeon100m Butterfly, 50m, 100m
& 200m Freestyle
2nd Games (2016)
Kaylee McKeown100m & 200m Backstroke
200m Individual Medley
Kiah Melverton800m & 1500m FreestyleDebut
Leah NealeRelay2nd Games (2016)
Mollie O’CallaghanRelayDebut
Emily Seebohm100m & 200m Backstroke4th Games(2008, 2012, 2016)
Jenna Strauch200m BreaststrokeDebut
Brianna Throssell200m Butterfly2nd Games(2016)
Ariarne Titmus200m, 400m & 800m
Madison WilsonRelay2nd Games (2016)
AthleteEventOlympic History
Kyle Chalmers100m & 200m Freestyle2nd Games (2016)
Isaac CooperRelayDebut
Alexander GrahamRelayDebut
Tristian Hollard200m BackstrokeDebut
Mack HortonRelay2nd Games (2016)
Zac IncertiRelayDebut
Mitch Larkin100m Backstroke
200m Individual Medley
3rd Games (2012, 2016)
Se-Bom Lee400m Individual MedleyDebut
Cam McEvoyRelay3rd Games (2012, 2016)
Jack McLoughlin400m, 800m & 1500m
2nd Games (2016)
David Morgan100m & 200m Butterfly2nd Games (2016)
Thomas NeillRelayDebut
Brendon Smith400m Individual MedleyDebut
Zac Stubblety-Cook200m BreaststrokeDebut
Matthew Temple100m Freestyle, 100m &
200m Butterfly
Matthew WilsonRelayDebut
Elijah Winnington200m & 400m FreestyleDebut

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