Swimming’s biggest names will bring down the curtain on the Hancock Prospecting Swimming Trials tonight before the Australian Dolphins Swim Team is announced for next month’s 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Olympic 400m freestyle champion Mack Horton (Melbourne Vicentre) will be on show in the 1500m freestyle with fellow Olympian Jack McLoughlin (Chandler) right along side him with a field of youngsters including Josh Parrish (TSS Aquatics) snapping at the heels.
Horton and McLoughlin have already qualified for the team with their A times in the 400m on night two but will be keen to put on a show.
They will joined by:
Triple world champion Emily Seebohm (Brisbane Grammar), Hayley Baker (Melbourne Vicentre) and a bevy of backstrokers in the women’s 50m backstroke final.
Dual world champion Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western) and fellow Olympian Travis Mahoney (Marion) in the men’s 400m individual medley.
Defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ben Treffers (Somerset), Zac Incerti (UWSC) and Larkin in the 50m backstroke.
Hunter’s Ohio State University scholarship holder Meg Bailey, heads the qualifiers ahead of Mikkayla Sheridan (USC Spartans), 200IM winner Blair Evans (UWSC), Keryn McMaster (Trinity) and 200m backstroke winner Kaylee McKeown (USC Spartans) in the 400IM.
While Cam McEvoy (Bond) looked the best of the sprinters this morning, qualifying fastest in the 50m freestyle in 21.87 – the only finalist under 22 seconds with fellow Rio medallist James Roberts (Somerset) 22.23 and Grayson 20 year-old Gold Coaster Grayson Bell (TSS Aquatic) next in a pb of 22.33 and James Magnussen (Ravenswood) in his last chance for an individual berth, equal fourth with Jack Cartwright on 23.37.
Australian record holder Cate Campbell (Chandler) looked as impressive as ever in the women’s 50m freestyle heats in 24.19 ahead of training partners Shayna Jack (24.76) and sister Bronte (24.86). The Campbells have delivered the Campbell quinella in this race for the past six years.
With Paralympic stars Ellie Cole, Madeleine Scott and Lakeisha Patterson (100m backstroke) and Jesse Aungles and Blake Cochrane (200m IM) the ones to watch in the Para Sport events.