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Dolphins face "cut throat" world titles

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016 Laine Clark

A rookie Dolphins team faces a "cutthroat" world short course swimming titles in Canada, Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren has warned.

Dual world champions Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin will spearhead a 19-strong Dolphins team that features 11 debutants when the six-day titles start in Windsor on Wednesday (AEDT).

Rio 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers, the Campbell sisters, James Magnussen, Cameron McEvoy and Emma McKeon did not make themselves available for the world short course titles.

Verhaeren did not mince words when asked what his new look team should expect at Windsor.

"In short course nobody will be holding back," he said.

"The heats will be cutthroat that's for sure in both individual and the relays.

"Everybody needs to be sharp and up and running from day one."

Triple Olympian Seebohm and her partner Larkin will hope to provide Australia a dream start on day one of the short course championships.

Larkin will be out to defend his 100m backstroke crown in a field boasting compatriot and medal threat Bobby Hurley.

Former world record holder Hurley upset Larkin in the 100m final at the national trials despite suffering an infected nerve.

Seebohm will kick start her gruelling nine event program when she contests the 100m backstroke on Wednesday.

Her first 100m heat alone will feature Hungary's Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu and the junior world champ, her training partner Minna Atherton.

Seebohm, 24, won an unprecedented seven individual gold medals at the national short course titles and will also contest two relays in Windsor.

Rio Olympians David Morgan (200m butterfly) and Daniel Smith (400m freestyle) will also feature on the world titles' opening day.

Australia will also field teams in the respective 4x100m freestyle relays.

Morgan, Smith and two-time Olympic gold medallist Brittany Elmslie have been appointed as team leaders of the rookie group.

"They are a very cohesive group, there is a great team atmosphere which is important because for a lot of them this is their first team and it will be a great experience," said Verhaeren.

"In saying that they are all very professional, well prepared and the coaches are doing an excellent job here as well.

"The strength these days is that the team looks after itself."

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