Almost a quarter of the Australian swimming team for Tokyo will be made up of Griffith University student athletes or Griffith Swim Squad members.

Griffith Sports College Manager, Naomi McCarthy OAM, said it was a phenomenal result for Griffith which highlighted the number of elite athletes combining sporting pursuits with study opportunities at the University.

“We are absolutely thrilled to see such a high number of Griffith student athletes or swim squad selected for the Australian team and can’t wait to watch them perform in Tokyo next month,” she said.

“Their performances at the Australian Swimming Trials in Adelaide gave everyone a taste for the talent we have, both here in Queensland and across the country.

Griffith student athletes off to Tokyo:

  • Meg Harris, Bachelor of Business. Event: Relay
  • Abbey Harkin, Bachelor of Business. Event: 200m breaststroke
  • Chelsea Hodges, Bachelor of Nursing. Event: 100m breaststroke
  • Emma McKeon, Bachelor of Public Health. Events: 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly
  • Kiah Melverton, Bachelor of Exercise Science/Psychological Science. Events: 800m, 1500m freestyle
  • Tristan Hollard, Bachelor of Business. Event: 200m backstroke
  • Cameron McEvoy, Bachelor of Science (Hons). Event: Relay
  • Zac Stubblety-Cook, Bachelor of Psychological Science/Business. Event: 200m breaststroke.

Also this week Griffith para student athlete Thomas Gallagher entered the record books with a new Australian record in the 400m free MC. The Bachelor of Business student was selected in Australia’s Para team as a result.

Griffith University Swim Squad member Emily Seebohm (100m backstroke) is one of just three Australian swimmers to make four Games teams. Seebohm and McKeon both swim for Griffith Swim Squad.

Emma McKeon

Their coach Michael Bohl will also join the Australian coaching team for Tokyo.

This article was originally published on Griffith News.