Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Golden Girls Set To Lead Swim Squad
The Australian Swim Team will be looking to continue their exceptional success in the pool when they head to Rio to take on the best the world has to offer in the newly constructed Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra. With the heats and finals to be swum much later than normal many night sessions will not finish until around midnight, a challenge the Aussies will have to be up for if they’re to crack the 200 medal mark in the Olympic pool. While two Aussies will battle it out in the open water swimming 10km events.
Fellow Queenslander and current 100m backstroke world champion Emily Seebohm already has four Olympic medals to her name and will be looking to add plenty more in Rio.
Youth Olympian and five-time Commonwealth Games medalist Emma McKeon is set to make her Olympic debut in the five events: the 200m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 4 x 100m Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay and 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
Men to watch: Cameron McEvoy will take to the pool in a bumper five events, representing Australia in the 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay and 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
London Olympian Mitch Larkin will be eyeing a Rio podium, after he became the first Australian man to win the world 100m backstroke title at this year's World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
While Mack Horton will look to continue Australia's proud history in the men’s 1500m freestyle.
Full Team list:
Jessica Ashwood - 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle
Bronte Barratt - 200m Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Joshua Beaver - 200m Backstroke
Georgia Bohl - 100m Breaststroke, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Bronte Campbell - 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Cate Campbell - 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Kyle Chalmers - 100m Freestyle
Tamsin Cook - 400m Freestyle
Alicia Coutts - 200m Individual Medley
Brittany Elmslie -4 x 100m Freestyle
Blair Evans - 400m Individual Medley
Thomas Fraser-Holmes - 400m Individual Medley, 200m Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Madeline Groves - 100m , 200m Butterfly, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Jacob Hansford - 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Belinda Hocking - 200m Backstroke
Mack Horton - 400m Freestyle, 1500m Freestyle 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Grant Irvine - 200m Butterfly
Mitch Larkin - 100 & 200m Backstroke, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Travis Mahoney - 400m Individual Medley
Cameron McEvoy - 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
David McKeon - 400m Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Emma McKeon - 200m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 4 x 100m Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Taylor McKeown - 100 & 200m Breaststroke, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Jack McLoughlin - 1500m Freestyle
Keryn McMaster - 400m Individual Medley
David Morgan - 200m Butterfly, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Leah Neale - 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Kotuku Ngawati - 200m Individual Medley
Jake Packard - 100m Breaststroke, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Joshua Palmer - 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Emily Seebohm - 100m Backstroke, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Daniel Smith - 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Brianna Throssell - 200m Butterfly
Madison Wilson - 100m Backstroke
James Magnussen - 4x100m freestyle relay
James Roberts- 4x100m freestyle relay
Matt Abood- 4x100m freestyle relay
Jarrod Poort - Open Water 10km
Chelsea Gubecka - Open Water 10km
Full bios on all swimmers here.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australian swimmers qualified for Rio by swimming a FINA “Olympic Qualifying Time” (OQT / “A” Time) and finishing first or second at the 2016 Australian Olympic Selection Trials in Adelaide in April.
Australia qualified 10 quota spots at the 2015 World Championships in the relay events; men’s - 4x200m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley Relay, women’s - 4x100m Freestyle, 4x200m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley Relay.
In the relay events the top 12 teams from the 2015 World Championships automatically qualified. The remaining four spots went to the Teams with the fastest times up until May 31 2016.
Marathon Swimming - Australia booked a male and female spot at the final Olympic Qualifier in Portugal in June.
Competition Format & Events
There are four different strokes in swimming as well as the individual medley and relay events. Men and women contest the same Olympic distances with the exception of the 800m freestyle (women only) and 1500m freestyle (men only).
Freestyle- 50m, 100m, 200m , 400m, women's 800m, men's 1500m
Backstroke- 100m, 200m
Breaststroke- 100m, 200m
Butterfly- 100m, 200m
Individual Medley- 200m, 400m
Relays- 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle, 4x100m medley
Open Water- 10km
Each race in the pool has a maximum of eight swimmers. Preliminary heats in the 50m, 100m and 200m events lead into semi-finals and finals based on the fastest times. In relays and individual events of 400m or more, the eight fastest finishers in the preliminaries advance directly to the finals.
The expected number of athletes in the open water at the Games is 50 athletes. (25 men and 25 women).
Australia and Olympic Swimming
Australia's Olympic swimming history is spectacular – with 59 gold out of a superb 190 medals. Australia's first Olympic swimmer was Freddy Lane in Paris 1900 where he won two gold medals.
Since then, Australia's swimmers have gone on to incredible Olympic greatness, sweeping the pool of medals and records. Legends such as Murray Rose, Jon Henricks, Dawn Fraser, Lorraine Crapp and Jon Konrads became household names in the 1950s and 60s.
Kieren Perkins and Susie O'Neill were the big names at the Barcelona and Atlanta Games but it was the Sydney 2000 Games where Australia returned to the top echelon of Olympic swimming nations with a swag of medals going to Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, O'Neill and the men's relay teams.
At the Athens and Beijing Games it was the Aussie women who dominated and established themselves as the world swimming superpower.
Australia’s only gold in the pool at the London Games came from the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team; Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger. Coutts was the star of the pool also winning silver in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 100m butterfly.
Australia's Olympic swimming medal tally is: 190 (59 gold, 66 silver, 65 bronze)
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Did you know
- The new backstroke starting mechanism features an Omega device that is a wedge which allows swimmers to grip against the start wall easier. Both feet must be in contact with the end wall or face of the touchpad. Bending the toes over the top of the touchpad is prohibited.
- A false start results in automatic disqualification. In relays, a team is disqualified if a member of the team leaves the blocks more than 0.03 of a second before the team member in the water touches the wall.
- Athletes in the 200m and 400m individual medley events must swim butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke then freestyle. This varies from the medley relay with the lead swimmer swimming the backstroke leg before the breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle legs are completed.
- In freestyle, backstroke and breastroke swimmers some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water during the race. A swimmer can only be completely submerged for the turn and for 15 metres after the start and each turn.
- Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould holds the Australian record for the most medals at an Olympic Games with five each – Thorpe from Sydney 2000 (three gold, two silver) and Gould from Munich 1972 (three gold, one silver, one bronze).
- Australia’s youngest ever gold medallist was swimmer Sandra Morgan who won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games – she was 14 years and six months.
- USA Swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympic swimmer of all time, with a total of 22 medals, including 18 gold.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
8 (Days 1-8)
- Medal Events
34 (34 gold, 34 silver, 34 bronze)
- Total Athletes
Pool - 900, Marathon - 50
- AUS Athletes
Pool - 34 Marathon - 2
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