A team of 35 swimmers – 21 men and 14 women – will represent the Australian Dolphins at next month’s Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Cairns, QLD, from 9-14 August.

The team was named after four days of solid competition at the Pan Pacific Championships Trials at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, and includes 17 Queenslanders, seven from NSW, five from VIC, four from WA, and two from SA.

Seven swimmers – Blake Cochrane, Daniel Fox, Ellie Cole, Katja Dedekind, Braedan Jason, Logan Powell and Jacob Templeton – are all from the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Spartans swim team.

The Dolphins are being led by Paralympic stars Cole, Lakeisha Patterson, Brenden Hall and Rachael Watson, who will be joined by a host of new faces unveiled during the Trials.

Seventeen swimmers from the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships return for this meet, in a strong signal that the Dolphins will again be super competitive.

31-year-old Matt Levy is the oldest member of the team, and has been included alongside his coach, former Australian and Canadian Commonwealth Games swimmer, Stephen Badger.

In tonight’s (5 July) Trials action, Swimming Australia’s Para-swimmer of the Year, Rowan Crothers, showed his power when he smashed his time from the heats in the final of the men’s 100m freestyle multi-class, clocking an impressive 51.69 to send a message to the opposition that he means business in Cairns.

Crothers cruised to victory ahead of Liam Schluter (54.04) and Fox (54.15), with both swimmers also in formidable form.

In the corresponding women’s event, after making her debut on the Australian swim team in 2006, Cole showed why she isn’t going anywhere, with the 26-year-old picking up her second crown for the meet in the women’s 100m freestyle multi-class.

Cole, who clocked 1:04.37, admitted she had lost count of her title tally, but was excited to still be swimming fast and to get the chance to once again pull on the green and gold for the Para Pan Pacs.

Sitting in second place was late addition to the team Ashleigh McConnell in 1:04.54, with Patterson up on the podium once again for third in 1:05.40.

Australian Team – 2018 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships
Athlete State
Jesse Aungles SA
Liam Bekric SA
Rohan Bright NSW
Blake Cochrane QLD
Ellie Cole QLD
Taylor Corry NSW
Rowan Crothers QLD
Katja Dedekind QLD
Timothy Disken VIC
Katherine Downie WA
Daniel Fox QLD
Jamie-Lee Getson VIC
Jasmine Greenwood NSW
Brenden Hall QLD
Guy Harrison-Murray WA
Timothy Hodge NSW
Braedan Jason QLD
Ahmed Kelly VIC
Mitchell Kilduff NSW
Paige Leonhardt QLD
Matt Levy NSW
Jeremy McClure WA
Ashleigh McConnell VIC
Monique Murphy QLD
Grant Patterson QLD
Lakeisha Patterson QLD
Rick Pendleton QLD
Ben Popham WA
Logan Powell QLD
Liam Schluter QLD
Madeleine Scott VIC
Keira Stephens QLD
Jacob Templeton QLD
Tiffany Thomas Kane NSW
Rachael Watson QLD

By Swimming Australia
Posted: 05/07/2018
Photo with thanks to Quinn Rooney / Getty Images