SASI swimmers ready for national stage

SASI swimmers ready for national stage

The country's best swimmers will be competing at the coming National Championships in Brisbane, aiming to win a place on the Australian team for the World Championships in Hungary later this year.

South Australia will take a strong team to the Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane from April 9-13, says SASI Head Coach Peter Bishop.

The championships also will serve as a selection for the Australian team which will compete at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary in July.

A team of 9 SASI athletes will compete in the five-day event, the event down from the usual eight days.

"I think we will have a good, strong team of athletes to take with us,'' Bishop said.

"It will be a little different as the meeting is down from eight to five days and the organisers have done away with semi finals. It will be win your heat and go straight to the final, so the pressure will be on. You can't afford a slip up which will add to the pressure.''

Among the SA team will be Olympic champion Kyke Chalmers, Olympians Travis Mahoney and Josh Palmer.

Chalmers, 18, will line up in the 200m freestyle, his first event in that discipline at a senior level and he'll also compete in his Olympic-winning event, the 100m freestyle. Seeded number two (47.58) behind McEvoy (47.04).

Travis Mahoney, 26, is number two in the 200 individual medley and has top billing in the 400m individual medley.

Joshua Palmer, 25, is number two in the 100m breaststroke and three in the 50m breaststroke.

"It will be a bit of wait and see with Josh as he is coming back from injury and we are not pinning our hopes on his results,'' he said.

"Now it is about resting and making sure the team stays healthy.''

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