Even with the absence of Stephanie Rice, the Women’s Swim Team is primed for a successful Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Top swimmers like Liesel Jones, a seven time Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist will be leading the charge with her defence of her 100/200m breaststroke titles. Also joining her is Jessicah Schipper, our World Champion Butterfly queen who is competing in the 200m Butterfly and Marieke Guehrer an Athens Olympian and World Champion who is competing at her first Commonwealth Games.
18 year old Emily Seabohm is another shining star for the team having won six medals, two of them gold at the recent Pan Pacific Championships. She has a very busy Commonwealth Games schedule, being entered in eight events over the course of the competition. And then there is our youngest swimming competitor, Yolane Kukula who is turning just 15 during the Commonwealth Games. She is competing in the 50 & 100m freestyle as well as the 50 & 100m butterfly and is considered to be a real medal contender in the sprint competitions.
We can expect tough competition from our Commonwealth cousins and the English women’s swim team is particularly strong. Those to watch out for include Rebecca Adlington, a champion freestyler who broke the 800m world record in Beijing, Gemma Spofforth, the current world champion in the 100m backstroke and Francesca Halsall who won 5 medals in the recent European championships.
The rivalry is going to be fierce so get behind our Aussie girls as they take on the competition in the pool!