Griffith swimmers flood the World champs and Commonwealth Games squads

23 year old Griffith dual degree student Zac Stubblety-Cook broke the world 200m breaststroke record at the Australian swimming championships in Adelaide in May.

Incredible performances at the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships have secured places for 18 Griffith University student athletes and members of the Griffith swim team on the Australian Commonwealth Games team for Birmingham in July.

Griffith High Performance Swim Squad Coach Michael Bohl on deck at the Gold Coast campus pool

16 Griffith swimmers have also been named on the 2022 FINA World Championships team ahead of the event in Budapest next month.

Griffith High Performance Swimming Squad coaches Michael Bohl and Janelle Pallister will lead the Commonwealth Games team, with ‘Bohly’, as his swimmers call him, to travel with and coach the Dolphins World Championship team in Budapest.

Griffith Sports College Director Naomi McCarthy OAM said the Australian Swimming Championships performances in Adelaide were yet another reminder of how formidable Griffith swimmers are, and said that while a few key names made more of a splash, all their efforts deserved respect.

Bachelor of Criminology student athlete Shayna Jack

“Griffith University has an incredible depth of swimming talent, led by the likes of dual Olympian Emma McKeon and Tokyo Olympian Zac Stubblety-Cook but bolstered by the return of Shayna Jack and the emergence of Cody Simpson, which captured global attention,” she said.

“Zac achieved a new world record in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke in Adelaide while Chelsea Hodges also nabbed a new Australian record in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke.

“Our Griffith student athletes and hard-working members of the Griffith High Performance Swim Squad are focused on representing themselves, the University and their country in style over the next few months and it’s a very exciting time for all swimming fans.”

“We expect to see some stellar performances at the upcoming World Championships and can’t wait to see them in action in Birmingham after that.

“Griffith is proud to support these athletes on this path and we’re doing whatever we can to ensure they are able to fulfil the demands of elite sport and competition with their studies.”

Griffith Sports College plays a vital role in fostering students who are also elite athletes, helping them devote time to training and competition while they complete their tertiary studies.

As part of the Elite Athlete Education Network, the Sports College integrates sporting and academic aspirations.

Griffith swimmers to make the Australian Commonwealth Games team

  • Grayson Bell – Student – B Nursing
  • Joshua Edwards-Smith – Student – B Business and Griffith Swim Squad
  • Jenna Forrester – Student – B Psychological Science/ B Business
  • Bowen Gough – Griffith Swim Squad
  • Abbey Harkin – Student – B Business
  • Meg Harris – Student – B Business
  • Chelsea Hodges – Student – B Nursing
  • Mack Horton – Griffith Swim Squad
  • Shayna Jack – Student – B Criminology
  • Emma McKeon AM – Alumnus – B Public Health and Griffith Swim Squad
  • Kaylee McKeown – Griffith Swim Squad
  • Taylor McKeown – Griffith Swim Squad
  • Kiah Melverton – Student – B Exercise Science
  • Lani Pallister – Student – B Biomedical Science and Griffith Swim Squad
  • Cody Simpson – Griffith Swim Squad
  • Brendon Smith – Griffith Swim Squad
  • Zac Stubblety-Cook – Student – B Psychological Science / B Business
  • Thomas Nowakowski – Student – B Business

Griffith’s FINA World Championship swimmers

  • Grayson Bell
  • Joshua Edwards-Smith (Debut WC)
  • Jenna Forrester (Debut WC)
  • Bowen Gough (Debut WC)
  • Abbey Harkin
  • Meg Harris
  • Mack Horton
  • Shayna Jack
  • Moesha Johnson (Debut WC) – Griffith Swim Squad
  • Kaylee McKeown
  • Kiah Melverton
  • Lani Pallister (Debut WC)
  • Brendon Smith
  • Zac Stubblety-Cook
  • Thomas Nowakowski (Debut WC)
  • Jack Cartwright – Student – B Computer Science