Ellen Gandy Out of Pan Pacs For Australia, Christian Sprenger Questionable

Photo by Peter H. Bick

BELCONNEN, Australia, August 4. IN two weeks, Australia will host the Pan Pacific championships at the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, and the same stars who won gold medals at the recent Commonwealth Games will be racing against some new challenges from the United States and Japan, among other countries, starting August 21.

Ellen Gandy is the only swimmer from the Commonwealth Games not on the list, withdrawing for “personal reasons,” according to Swimming Australia. And though he swam through the Commonwealth Games with a severely injured shoulder, Christian Sprenger is also on the roster, though he is “subject to fitness.”

James Magnussen said in an interview the day after the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games that he had been suffering some back problems, but had hoped to get things in order in time to renew his rivalry with Nathan Adrian in the 100 free.

The Campbell sisters, Cate and Bronte, will race at Pan Pacs, as will Emma McKeon and Melanie Schlanger. These four set the world record in the 400 fee relay and will look to repeat the effort.

Men’s roster:

Matthew Abood, Josh Beaver, Tommaso D’Orsogna, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Jayden Hadler, Jordan Harrison, Mack Horton, Simon Huitenga, Mitch Larkin, Matson Lawson, Travis Mahoney, James Magnussen, Rhys Mainstone, Cameron McEvoy, Ned McKendry, David McKeon, Jake Packard, Jarrod Poort, Christian Sprenger *subject to fitness, Kenneth To, Daniel Tranter, Ben Treffers , Chris Wright

Women’s roster:

Jessica Ashwood, Bronte Barratt, Alanna Bowles, Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie, Remy Fairweather, Madeline Groves, Chelsea Gubecka, Belinda Hocking, Sally Hunter, Kareena Lee, Emma McKeon, Taylor McKeown, Keryn McMaster, Melanie Schlanger, Emily Seebohm, Lorna Tonks, Jessica Walker

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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