Turkey date for Schlanger and Elmslie
MELANIE Schlanger and Brittany Elmslie won gold in the pool in the London Olympics - now the pair are taking the plunge in pursuit of earning another national call-up.
Gold medallists in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Schlanger and Elmslie will contest the National Short Course Championships which start in Perth tomorrow.
The championships will be contested by 466 swimmers from 130 clubs and all will have the same goal - selection for the FINA World Championships in Turkey in December.
Schlanger and Elmslie will be two of eight members of the Australian Olympic team to hit the water.
Christian Sprenger, silver medallist in the men's 200m breaststroke, Angie Bainbridge, Tommaso D'Orsogna, Blair Evans, Sally Foster, and Chris Wright are the others.
World championship relay gold medallist Matthew Abood will also make the trip to Perth alongside former world championship team members Kenneth To, Marieke Guehrer, Kyle Richardson, Olivia Halicek and Sarah Katsoulis.
They will all face competition from a host of talented young swimmers who have recently returned from the Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii.
Swimming Australia head coach Leigh Nugent said the championships were a great opportunity for swimmers to race in Australia, and the meet often saw young swimmers break through to make their first senior team.
"In 2010 we saw swimmers such as Jayden Hadler, James Magnussen, Leiston Pickett and Tessa Wallace use the World Short Course as a springboard to selection on the London Olympic team, and this year won't be any different," he said.