Nine Northern Tasmanians are on Swimming Tasmania's performance pathways program for the coming year.
But leading the way is teenager Max Giuliani, of Hobart Aquatic, whose record-breaking performance at state championships not only won him gold but also widespread acclaim, and a position as the only Tasmanian in the national Flippers program. Clubmate Jet Jankiewicz is on the national para development squad.
The state Flippers squad includes two Northerners: Morgen Hawkins, of South Esk, and Emily Mitchell, of Launceston Aquatic Club. Rounding out the Flippers are: Noah Kamprad (Hobart Aquatic), Jardene Ralph (Sandy Bay), Matilda Smith (SB) and Karl Wurzer (HA).
The development squad includes Northern swimmers: Hugh Dolle (SE), Sophie Hills (SE), Jessica Homan (LAC), Jasmine Irani (LAC), Jordan Reitsema (LAC), Blake Stretton (SE) and Georgia Woods (LAC); Millie McGregor from (Burnie); and Southern-based Samuel Askey-Doran (HC), Ella Chan (HA), James Clues (HA), Kye Direen (HC), Jack Evans (HA), Isabel Kirwin (SB), Rebecca MacDonald (HC), Sophia MacDonald (HC), Andrew Nguyen (HC), Olivia Nichols (HA), Jessalyn Potter (HC) and Tessa Yu (HC).
Swimming Tasmania said: "Selection into the Swimming Tasmania performance pathways program is a significant achievement and we congratulate all swimmers on their achievements over the recent long-course season."
The earliest date that community sport can restart is June 15, and Swimming Tasmania staff are liaising with the government, councils and clubs over protocols to follow.
The South Esk sprint meet, one of the highlights of the competitive calendar in the state, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. It was scheduled to take place on July 25.
South Esk Swim Club said: "In previous years we have had around 220 swimmers and hundreds of spectators. This obviously will not be possible in the current COVID-19 environment.
"We are hopeful that when the virus is under control we will be back bigger than ever in 2021."