Dol­phins aim­ing to make splash in Rus­sia

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIA head coach Jacco Ver­haeran is con­fi­dent the Dol­phins swim team can keep fight­ing their way back to world No. 1 sta­tus with a bold show­ing at next month’s world ti­tles in Kazan in Rus­sia.

The Dol­phins team will fly out of Aus­tralia for a stag­ing camp in Doha on Satur­day, with the Aus­tralian team cur­rently boast­ing the fastest times in the world this year in five in­di­vid­ual events, as well as seven No. 2 and three No. 3 times in a promis­ing sign for medals in Kazan.

World cham­pion Cate Camp­bell has the fastest 50m and 100m freestyle times this year, Emily See­bohm has the quick­est 100m and 200m back­stroke times while Vic­to­rian teen Mack Hor­ton is ranked No. 1 in the 400m freestyle.

Some of their ma­jor ri­vals have not posted top times this year – specif­i­cally the USA swim team – but Ver­haeren is op­ti­mistic this team can im­prove upon the three gold and 10 sil­ver medal haul at the 2013 world ti­tles.

If Aus­tralia salutes in all five events, plus the women’s 4x100m freestyle re­lay team, they would dou­ble their gold medal haul from 2013.

It is a promis­ing prospect for Aus­tralia that even though reign­ing champ James Mag­nussen won’t be in Rus­sia as he re­cov­ers from shoul­der surgery, spir­its are high that this team can keep gath­er­ing mo­men­tum on the road to Rio.

“I don’t want to go the path of pre­dic­tions but def­i­nitely we have a team with a lot of tal­ent and a lot of ath­letes that are in the mix for medals,” Ver­haeren said.

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