Newcastle swimmer Meg Bailey will contest her first Commonwealth Games next month after being named in the Australian team on Sunday.
The 21-year-old will don the green and gold uniform on the Gold Coast from April 4 following two podium finishes at the Australian Championships.
Bailey, who joins the likes of Olympic gold medallists Kyle Chalmers and Mack Horton on the 70-strong Dolphins squad, claimed individual medley bronze at the national trials over both the 200 and 400 metre distances.
Saturday night’s effort in the longer event saw the Hunter Swim Club product clock a B-qualifying time, recording a personal best of four minutes and 41.78 seconds in the final. It was 1.28s inside the required mark and 1.8s better than her heat swim.
The former Merewether resident, now based in the US at Ohio State University, scored silver in the same race last year.
Twenty four hours earlier Bailey (2:13.73) was also third in a tight 200m IM decider after qualifying fastest in 2:13.28. Friday’s initial time registered a B-qualifier by 0.13s.
“I am very pleased with the people that qualified. I think we've got, almost without exception I'd say, the best people in their best events,” national head coach Jacco Verhaeren told Swimming Australia media.
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