The state of Australian male swimming is terrible, and aside from Hackett and the 1500m I don’t see us winning too many medals, especially gold.
However I think you’re being too low key in regards to the women; there is outstanding talent in almost every event and there are a lot of young talented swimmers arriving on the scene. You’ve got Jones, Lenton, Schipper, Henry, Miatke, Edington, Zimmer, Reilly and many more. Then the youngsters such as 14 year olds Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell and of course Steph Rice. We will do fine and for quite some time.
lol... why did you bother challenging me on this?
We are in agreeance in regards to the mens' side of things, but I shall give you a rundown of the women.
Breastroke - Leisel Jones, easily the best in the world, and Brooke Hanson has been a sound perofmer as well, but take those two away and there is nobody capable of replacing them.
Backstroke - Seebohm is an obvious talent, and she will improve, but Australian women have never been particularly strong at backstroke, and I don't expect the backstrokers to take any medals at the World Champs.
Butterfly - along with Jones, Schipper is the most dominant Australian swimmer going round. Hard worker, and plenty of good years left in her, Lenton is more than capable over the 100m, but Galvez is mediocre over the 200m.
Freestyle - Henry and Lenton are amongst the best in the world over the shorter distances, but from 200m upwards the Aussies are pretty useless on the world stage.
IM - Steph Rice is a big time performer who took the IM double at the Comm games, but she didn't swim too well here and will need to improve to challenge at the Worlds. Jennifer Reilly needs to lose a good 20kg, but she was impressive in the 400 IM, she would be an outside shot at a medal at best.