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Commonwealth Games Australia has announced a 70-strong swim team for next month’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The team was announced on the Gold Coast following the four-day Australian Swimming Trials at the Optus Aquatic Centre.

Commonwealth Games Australia Team Executive Andrew Baildon congratulated the team.

“We have witnessed a great few days up here on the Gold Coast at the Australian Swimming Trials,” Baildon said.

“There has been some amazing performances throughout the trials and it has really given us a great taste of the action we can expect to see from our team in April. It is very exciting.

“I know how special it is to be named on an Australian Commonwealth Games Team and I feel extremely humble to welcome these 70 swimmers on to TeamAUS for Gold Coast 2018.

There are 49 able-bodied swimmers and 21 Para sport athletes with Queensland dominating team selection with 40, followed by NSW (10), Victoria (9), WA (6) and SA (5).

The team continues swimming’s strong family ties with the Commonwealth Games with three sets of siblings; sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell and Kaylee and Taylor McKeown, along with Griffith University’s sister-brother combination of Emma and David McKeon.

The Campbell’s, the McKeon’s and Taylor McKeown were all members of the 2014 team in Glasgow.

There is also a father daughter on the team with Georgia Bohl and her father, team coach Michael Bohl.

It was a special night for the Bohl’s and the McKeon’s – with Michael Bohl and Ron McKeon and wife Susie Woodhouse all members of the 1982 Commonwealth Games team in Brisbane.

The two youngest members of the team are 13-year-old Jasmine Greenwood and 16-year-old Kaylee McKeown while the oldest members of the group are Holly Barratt and Matt Levy 31.

Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren said he was very pleased with the athletes selected in the team.

“I think we’ve got, almost without exception I’d say, the best people in their best events,” said Verhaeren.

“I think that’s important because if you want to defend titles and want to make the most out of the medal prospects in five weeks’ time you need your best people there.

Australian swimming team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games:

Jessica Ashwood (Qld),

Minna Atherton (Qld),

Jesse Aungles (SA),

Meg Bailey (NSW),

Hayley Baker (Vic),

Holly Barratt (WA),

Joshua Beaver (Vic),

Emily Beecroft (Vic),

Georgia Bohl (Qld),

Rohan Bright (NSW),

Bronte Campbell (Qld),

Cate Campbell (Qld),

Jack Cartwright (Qld),

Kyle Chalmers (SA),

Blake Cochrane (Qld),

Ellie Cole (Qld),

Timothy Disken (Vic),

Katherine Downie (WA),

Blair Evans (WA),

Daniel Fox (Qld),

Alexander Graham (Qld),

Jasmine Greenwood (NSW),

Madeline Groves (Qld),

Matthew Haanappel (Vic), 

Brenden Hall (Qld),

Jessica Hansen (Vic),

George Harley (WA),

Timothy Hodge (NSW),

Mack Horton (Vic),

Liam Hunter (Qld),

Zac Incerti (WA),

Grant Irvine (Qld),

Shayna Jack (Qld),

Mitchell Kilduff (NSW),

Mitchell Larkin (Qld),

Paige Leonhardt (Qld),

Matthew Levy (NSW),

Clyde Lewis (Qld),

James Magnussen (NSW),

Travis Mahoney (SA),

Ashleigh McConnell (Vic),

Cameron McEvoy (Qld),

James McKechnie (SA),

David McKeon (Qld),

Emma McKeon (Qld),

Kaylee McKeown (Qld),

Taylor McKeown (Qld),

Jack McLoughlin (Qld),

Kiah Melverton (Qld),

David Morgan (Qld),

Leah Neale (Qld),

Jake Packard (Qld),

Lakeisha Patterson (Qld),

Leiston Pickett (Qld),

Logan Powell (Qld),

James Roberts (Qld),

Liam Schluter (Qld),

Madeleine Scott (Vic),

Emily Seebohm (Qld),

Mikkayla Sheridan (Qld),

Zac Stubblety-Cook (Qld),

Laura Taylor (Qld),

Tiffany Thomas Kane (NSW),

Brianna Throssell (WA),

Ariarne Titmus (Qld),

Ben Treffers (Qld),

Tessa Wallace (Qld),

Matthew Wilson (NSW),

Elijah Winnington (Qld),

Bradley Woodward (NSW).



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