Aussie Dolphins Swim Team Going for Gold in Birmingham

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Australian Dolphins Swim Team looking to add their names to the storied history of swimming success at the Commonwealth Games.

 

Four years ago, at home on the Gold Coast, the Australian Swimming Team claimed 28 of the 50 Commonwealth Games gold medals on offer.

In Birmingham a star-studded roster of 64 Aussie swimmers is set to recapture the magic of the Gold Coast at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre

With eight gold medals from two Commonwealth Games to her name, Emma McKeon is on the doorstep to becoming the most successful athlete in any sport in Games history.

Australian Swimming legends Ian Thorpe and Susie O’Neill share the Australian record for most gold medals – six – at a single Commonwealth Games, but with nine events on her Birmingham program, the Wollongong product has a chance at breaking this long-held record.

But it wouldn’t be the only record McKeon would surpass.

With eight career golds – four each at the 2014 and 2018 editions – McKeon is on track to break the Australian record for the most gold medals at the Commonwealth Games of 10, shared by Thorpe, O’Neill and Leisel Jones.

While McKeon’s plans could change ahead of the Games starting on July 28, she will contest four individual events in Birmingham: the 50m and 100m freestyle, and 50m and 100m butterfly.

McKeon also has been entered in five relays for Australia: the 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle, the mixed 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley and the mixed 4×100 medley.

Writing his name in the history books, 13-time national champion Blake Cochrane will become one of only three Australian swimmers, and the first Para-swimmer, to compete at four Games for the green and gold.

Zac Stubblety-Cook has become a household name in recent years but has yet to claim a Commonwealth gold in the pool.

The 23-year-old made waves at the recent 2022 FINA World Championships setting a new world record en route to gold in the 200m breaststroke.

Birmingham will mark the conclusion of Ellie Cole’s distinguished career in the pool when she competes in the S9 100m freestyle.

A trailblazer for the Para-swimming, Cole will chase gold to add to her collection of a silver and three bronze medals from previous Commonwealth Games appearances.

An elite squad of 27 Para-swimmers is poised to represent Australia with distinction at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from July 28 to August 8, with the Team Members being revealed today at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

From decorated champion Ellie Cole OAM to teenage sensation Isabella Vincent, the team chosen to swim for the green and gold has a proven record of success and includes eight Commonwealth Games medallists and eight Paralympic gold medallists.

The experienced campaigners will be joined by a new breed of future swimming stars who will make their Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham.

Victorian-born Cole, 30, who now lives in Sydney, headlines a diverse and talented team with representatives from across the country.

She will be seeking to add a Birmingham gold medal to an outstanding resume that includes six Paralympic gold medals when she makes her third Commonwealth Games appearance after selection for the Delhi 2010 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games resulting in a silver and three bronze medals.

Birmingham will be the final meet of Cole’s stellar career and a gold in her signature event, the 100m Freestyle S9, would complete a full set of medals at three Commonwealth Games medals for the champion.

Cole has set the example for her fellow Para-swimmers to follow as she strives for victory in one final “splash and dash” for Australia in Birmingham.

“Obviously I’m going there to try and win. I’m not going to be disappointed in myself as an athlete if I don’t – I’ve achieved a lot in my 17 years on the Australian swim team,” Cole said.

“But… the one thing that is missing is the Commonwealth Games gold medal.

“I don’t really like swimming fast, I like swimming long and slow, but I’m going to have to learn how to move my arms around and scurry on.

“We’ve seen Para-sport come such a long way over the last 10-12 years and huge credit goes to the Commonwealth Games – it’s one of the only events in the world where we have an integrated program, so I do have a lot to thank the Commonwealth Games for and that’s the reason why I want to retire at the Commonwealth Games.”

Gold Coast Individual Gold Medallists Kyle Chalmers, Mack Horton, Mitch Larkin, Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Matthew Levy, Timothy Disken, Brenden Hall and Lakeisha Patterson all return to Commonwealth competition.

Three-time Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist Ariarne Titmus returns to her second Games after starring at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

In a warning for the rest of the Commonwealth, the Tasmanian believes she has improved since setting a world record in the 400m freestyle at Australia’s selection trials in May.

“I am feeling really good for Comm Games,” Titmus told AAP News.

“I have improved in some areas since trials so I am looking forward to seeing how fast I can go at the Games.”

After setting a new 400m freestyle world record at the trials, Titmus was hit by COVID in early June.

“I had such a great lead-up to trials and I felt like everything fell into place,” she said.

“Things have changed since then, obviously getting COVID post-trials put a bit of a spanner in the works.

“But I think everyone has kind of gone through that so I am just trying to get myself feeling back to (my best) and I feel like that now.”

Mixed relays will make their debut at the Games bumping the gold medals on offer in the pool to 54 in Birmingham.

The Australian Swim Team will set the pace for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as they dive into heats on the first day of competition, Friday 29 July.

Last month, Speedo unveiled the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Australian team uniforms for the aquatic sports at the Gold Coast Miami Aquatic Centre, where superstar athletes stood “Bold in Gold” wearing the latest green and gold race suits and training swimwear.

Recent world record-breaking swimmers Titmus and Stubblety-Cook OAM were joined by Queen of the pool and eight-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist McKeon AM and a host of world-class athletes from across aquatic sports disciplines who will all be using and wearing Speedo to train and compete in at the Games.

Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips AM said our best swimmers and divers have been wearing Speedo when representing Australia at the Games for over 75 years and knows the Team Members will be wearing Speedo again proudly in Birmingham.

“Speedo has been a long-time supplier and partner of Australian Commonwealth Games Teams and athletes because they are trusted and give the athletes the best swimwear there is,” Phillips said.

“We’ve no doubt the athletes will be bold in Birmingham and will perform with pride in their green and gold Speedo swimmers.”

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