Australian Swimming Championships

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The Australian Swimming Championships is the national Swimming championships for Australia. It is organized by Swimming Australia, and is held annually in both long course (50m) and short course (25m) pools (2 separate meets). The two meets are the country's top domestic meet for their respective course.

The meet usually also double as a selection event for international competitions such as the: Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships. Some consider the meet the second-toughest domestic competition in the world, behind the USA's national championships.

The venue of the first edition of the championships was Wylie's Baths near Coogee Beach.[1]

The state that wins the most points at the championships is awarded the Kieran Shield, named in memory of Barney B. Kieran, a swimmer from New South Wales, who was a world record holder, and who died, aged 18, in 1905.[2]

The 1990 Australian Swimming Championships saw events for disabled athletes added for the first time.[3]

Editions[edit]

Long course[edit]

Year Dates Pool City State Selection for
1964 Ashfield Olympic Pool Sydney  New South Wales
1965 Clarence Olympic Pool Hobart  Tasmania
1966 Valley Pool Brisbane  Queensland
1967 Adelaide City Baths Adelaide  South Australia
1968 Melbourne Olympic Pool Melbourne  Victoria
1969 Beatty Park Pool Perth  Western Australia
1970 Ashfield Olympic Pool Sydney  New South Wales
1971 Clarence Olympic Pool Hobart  Tasmania
1972 Valley Pool Brisbane  Queensland
1973 North Adelaide Swimming Centre Adelaide  South Australia
1974 Melbourne Olympic Pool Melbourne  Victoria
1975 Beatty Park Pool Perth  Western Australia
1975 Sydney University Pool Sydney  New South Wales
1977 Bellerive Olympic Pool Hobart  Tasmania
1978 Valley Pool Brisbane  Queensland
1979 Beatty Park Pool Perth  Western Australia
1985 21–24 February Melbourne State Swimming Centre Melbourne  Victoria
1986
1987 26 February - 1 March Beatty Park Pool Perth  Western Australia The selection trials for the 1987 Pan Pacs were conducted in Brisbane from 22 to 25 July.[4]
1988 25–28 February[5] Sydney  New South Wales The selection trials for the 1988 Summer Olympics were conducted in Sydney from 11 to 14 May.[6]
1989 23–26 March[7] Melbourne  Victoria The 1989 Australian Open Winter Chapionships and selection trials for the 1989 Pan Pacs were conducted in Perth in August.[8]
1990 December 1989[8] Adelaide Aquatic Centre Adelaide  South Australia 1990 Comm Games
1991 10–14 October 1990[9] Brisbane  Queensland 1991 Worlds
1991 25–29 April Melbourne  Victoria 1991 Pan Pacs
1992 1–5 April[10] Australian Institute of Sport Canberra  Australian Capital Territory 1992 Summer Olympics
1993 24–28 March[11] Claremont Superdrome Perth  Western Australia 1993 Pan Pacs
2000 13–20 May Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney  New South Wales Olympics 2000
2001 24–31 March Hobart Aquatic Centre Hobart  Tasmania
2002 18–23 March Chandler Aquatics Centre Brisbane  Queensland
2003 22–29 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney  New South Wales
2004 27 March - 3 April Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney  New South Wales Olympics 2004
2005 12–19 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney  New South Wales
2006 30 January - 4 February Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne  Victoria Commonwealths 2006
2007 3–10 December 2006 Chandler Aquatics Centre Brisbane  Queensland Worlds 2007
2008 22–29 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney  New South Wales Olympics 2008
2009 17–22 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney  New South Wales Worlds 2009
2010 16–21 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney  New South Wales Commonwealths 2010,
Pan Pacs 2010
2011 1–8 April Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney  New South Wales Worlds 2011
2012 15–22 March South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre Adelaide  South Australia Olympics 2012
2013 26 April-3 May South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre Adelaide  South Australia Worlds 2013
2014 1-6 April Brisbane Aquatic Centre Brisbane  Queensland Commonwealths 2014,
Pan Pacs 2014

Short course[edit]

Year Dates Pool City State Selection for
1986 5–7 September Mowbray Pool Launceston  Tasmania
1987 25–27 September[5] Melbourne  Victoria
1990 25–27 September[12] Adelaide Aquatic Centre Adelaide  South Australia
1991 27–29 September[10] Adelaide Aquatic Centre Adelaide  South Australia
1992 25–27 September[11] Casuarina Pool Darwin  Northern Territory
2001 August (beginning) Perth  Western Australia
2007 29 August - 2 September Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne  Victoria
2008 20–24 September Melbourne  Victoria
2009 8–12 August Hobart Aquatic Centre Hobart  Tasmania
2010 14–18 July Brisbane Aquatics Centre Brisbane  Queensland SC Worlds 2010
2011 1–3 July SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Adelaide  South Australia
2012 September Perth  Western Australia
2013 22–31 August Sydney  New South Wales
2014 5–9 November SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Adelaide  South Australia

Championships records[edit]

See List of Australian Championships records in swimming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wylie's Baths". About Randwick - Heritage - A to Z of people and places. Randwick City Council. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Fletcher, Russell. "1904-1905 - Membership 86." (pdf). Melbourne Collegians Water Polo Club Inc. - A History - 1894-1994 - The Beginning. Melbourne Collegians Water Polo Club Inc. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Catherine Huggett". Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Sweetenham, Bill (1988). "Australian Institute of Sport Report" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1987-88 (Australian Swimming): 45. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Sweetenham, Bill (1988). "Australian Institute of Sport Report" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1987-88 (Australian Swimming): 46. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Sweetenham, Bill (1988). "Australian Institute of Sport Report" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1987-88 (Australian Swimming): 47. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "1988/89 Highlights and Happenings" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1988-89 (Australian Swimming): 31. 1989. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "National Team Report" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1989-90 (Australian Swimming): 28. 1990. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Honorary Secretary's Report" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1990-91 (Australian Swimming): 7. 1991. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "The Year in Detail" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1991-92 (Australian Swimming): 7. 1992. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "The Year in Detail" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1992-93 (Australian Swimming): 3. 1993. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "National Team Report" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1989-90 (Australian Swimming): 30. 1990. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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