The Australian national open water swimming team heading to Rome to take on the experienced Europeans, the motivated South Americans and the speedy Americans include Trent Grimsey in the 5K, 10K and 25K, Andrew Beato in the 5K, Reece Mainstone in the 10K and former world 25 champion Brendan Capel in the 25K.
On the women's side, Olympian Melissa Gorman in the 5K and 10K, Danille De Francesco in the 10K, Kate Brooks-Peterson in the 5K and 25K and Shelley Clark in the 25K will represent their country in Rome.
We expect good results from the Australians who have strong reasons for returning to the podium in Rome (see Kate on left above winning one of her 2 bronze medals at the 2007 World Swimming Championships).
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Photo of Kate with gold medalist Larisa Ilchenko and Ekaterina Seliverstova, both of Russia, in Melbourne after the 5K race at the 2007 FINA World Championships.