We sent a fresh, young, new look team over to Hungary. Over a third of the team were rookies, and their performances were incredible. Here are their highlights.
The youngest member of the Dolphins team swum out of her skin to finish fourth in the 200m backstroke (2:06.76), breaking the world junior record. And that's not all - the 16-year-old will also return home with a silver medal as a heat swimmer in the 4x100m mixed medley relay.
Another young gun of the team, Ariarne showed the world she is one to watch! Not only did she finish fourth in the 400m freestyle she anchored the 4 x 200m freestyle relay securing the Australian team a silver medal.
Jess Hansen will leave Hungary calling herself a World Championship bronze medallist. The Victorian breaststroker swum the breaststroke leg in the heats of the 4 x 100m medley relay helping the team onto the podium. Jess narrowly missed the 50m and 100m breaststroke finals finishing 9th and 13th respectively.
Our oldest rookie and sprint specialist Holly swum PBs all week making her first world championship final in the 50m backstroke and two semi-finals in the 50 fly and 100 backstroke.
Shayna made a breakthrough on the world stage gaining a silver medal in her first ever World Championship final. The 18 year old led off the 4 x 100m freestyle relay in a sizzling 53.75 and helped the team win the silver medal.
Jack Cartwright stepped up to the plate after taking Kyle Chalmers' 100m freestyle individual spot on the team, progressing to the fastest men’s 100m freestyle final of all time and finishing in 7th place. Ducking under the 48 seconds, Jack will be one freestyler to watch in the next few years.
For the boy that only started swimming three years ago a 20th place finish in the World is an incredible feat! The 100m backstroker also helped the mens 4 x 100m freestyle relay team make the final of the event, an experience he won’t forget.
Medley specialist Clyde Lewis swum a PB in the 200m individual medley at his first World Championships to call himself a World Championships semi finalist. The 19 year old also helped make up the 4 x 200m freestyle team who just missed out on a medal finishing in fourth place.
Kiah made her mark on the world stage finishing 7th in her first international open water race. The Queenslander also swum as part as the open water relay that finished in fourth place in the world.
Daniel Cave swum the fastest 100 breaststroke he ever has at the World Championships finishing in 20th place. The young Victorian will also have some bling to return home with, being part of the 4 x 100m mixed medley relay that picked up a silver medal.
17 year old rising star, Jack took on the challenging 10km open water race to finish a very respectable 17th place. Jack also swum in the open water relay team that just missed the podium to finish in fourth place.
Swimming in his first international final 18-year-old Matt Wilson finished eighth overall in the men’s 200m breaststroke but showed promising signs of potential at his first world meet. Matt was also part of the men’s medley relay that finished ninth in the event.
Louis was part of the Australian team in the mixed 4 x 100m relay that finished eighth overall. The talented young freestyler will return home with a wealth of experience and confidence, one to watch on the road to Tokyo.
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