The Australian Dolphins have named the first half of their team set to contest next month’s Duel in the Pool, with Australia’s most successful Olympian, Emma McKeon, headlining the group.
McKeon is joined by fellow Tokyo Gold Medalists and recently crowned World Champions, Kaylee McKeown and Zac Stubblety-Cook, in the initial group of 13 athletes selected to face America in Sydney from August 19-21.
Eight of the athletes selected medalled at the recent FINA World Championships in Budapest, while every member of the initial group was part of Australia’s team at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Australian Dolphins Head Coach, Rohan Taylor, said he was excited by the calibre of the first half of the team.
“We are fortunate to have such incredible depth in our Dolphins ranks, highlighted by the broad range of contributors to our team’s success on the international stage in recent years,” Taylor said.
“Duel in the Pool is a unique racing program that requires nuanced selection, so to be able to call on a host of Olympians and recent World Championship medalists to again step up and compete for Australia is testament to our standing in international swimming.”
“It’s also an exciting opportunity to be involved in the reinvigoration of a competition steeped in such rich history and each of these athletes jumped at another chance to represent their country, so I have no doubt they will do our fans, and themselves, proud.”
The first 13 Dolphins selected for the return of Duel in the Pool are:
Tamsin Cook, Meg Harris, Chelsea Hodges, Mack Horton, Kareena Lee, Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeown, Leah Neale, Brendon Smith, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Matt Temple, Brianna Throssell and Madi Wilson.
The remainder of the Dolphins team for Duel in the Pool will be selected following performances at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The Duel in the Pool commences with an Open Water relay at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach on August 19, before two days of an exciting, unique and action packed pool program at Sydney Olympic Park on August 20-21.
Duel in the Pool is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
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