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Queensland swimmers dominate the Aussie team headed to FINA World Championships

14 April 2015

Queensland’s elite swimmers have dominated the field at the 2015 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships and will make up the bulk of the Australian team at the World Championships.

“Queensland swimmers have excelled, with 28 making the team of 38 that will head to Kazan in Russia for the 2015 FINA World Championships,” Minister for Sport and Racing Bill Byrne said.

“I want to congratulate all the Queenslanders who took part in the Australian Championships in Sydney. They have certainly done their state proud with a remarkable effort.

“When you think that Queensland swimmers have secured 74% of the spots available on the Australian Dolphins team, this result is simply outstanding,” Minister Byrne said.

“I would also like to acknowledge the time and effort put in by the many coaches, support teams and families, who are providing support and assistance poolside throughout the year.

“Without the time, support and sacrifices made by these people, our athlete’s jobs would certainly be a lot harder” Mr Byrne said.

“Our Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) athletes did not disappoint with Cate Campbell and Christian Sprenger being given the chance to defend their world titles, Emily Seebohm setting a new Commonwealth, Australian and All-comers records with a time of 27.47 in the women’s 50 metre backstroke final, and Mitch Larkin swimming a new personal best of 53.10 in the men’s 100 metre backstroke final, which tied him equal second in Australian all time rankings.”

A further 30 athletes, eight of whom are Queenslanders, have also been selected to represent the nation at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships in Glasgow.

Queensland Paralympians Blake Cochrane and Brenden Hall swam blistering times that would have ranked them as world number one in 2014.

Making his fourth world championship team, Cochrane exceeded expectations and set a new World Record for S8 classification athletes, with a time of1:17.26 and earning 1022 points in the men’s multi class 100m breaststroke.

Minister Byrne said the meet provided an exciting preview of what’s to come for the Australian team in 2015.

“As we look towards the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, I am looking forward to cheering on our swimming stars as they take on the best in the world.”

Queensland Athletes on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team for the 2015 World Championships
Name Age Club

Brittany Elmslie

20

St Peters Western

Bronte Barratt

26

St Peters Western

Bronte Campbell

20

Commercial

Cameron McEvoy

20

Palm Beach Currumbin

Cate Campbell

22

Commercial

Christian Sprenger

29

Commercial

Daniel Smith

23

Miami

David McKeon

22

Chandler

David Morgan

21

TSS Aquatics

Emily Seebohm

22

Brothers

Emma McKeon

20

Chandler

Grant Hackett

34

Miami

Grant Irvine

24

St Peters Western

Jake Packard

20

Indooroopilly

Jayden Hadler

21

Commercial

Jessica Ashwood

21

Chandler

Keryn McMaster

21

Waterworx

Kylie Palmer

25

Indooroopilly

Leah Neale

19

Indooroopilly

Lorna Tonks

26

Brothers

Madeline Groves

19

St Peters Western

Madison Wilson

20

St Peters Western

Melanie Wright

28

Southport Olympic

Mitchell Larkin

21

St Peters Western

Taylor McKeown

20

Indooroopilly

Tessa Wallace

21

Pelican Waters Caloundra

Thomas Fraser-Holmes

23

Miami

Tommaso D'Orsogna

24

Commercial

Queensland Athletes on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team for the 2015 IPC World Championships
Name Age Club

Blake Cochrane

24

Southern Cross

Braedan Jason

16

Alexandria Headlands

Brenden Hall

21

Lawnton

Daniel Fox

23

Chandler

Grant Patterson

25

Central Cairns

Lakeisha Patterson

16

Kawana Waters

Michael Anderson

27

Flinders of Buderim

Rick Pendleton

30

Flinders of Buderim

Last updated
14 April 2015