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Racing drives away Rio blues for Seebohm

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016 Laine Clark

Unlike some of her Rio teammates, Emily Seebohm is relishing a chance to contest the world short course swimming titles as she weighs up a fourth Olympic campaign.

Seebohm will spearhead a 20-strong Australian squad at December's world titles in Canada after the likes of Kyle Chalmers, Cameron McEvoy, Emma McKeon, James Magnussen and Cate Campbell were unavailable.

The squad was finalised after the national short course titles concluded in Brisbane on Saturday night with Seebohm walking away with a stunning seven titles.

Some big names were missing as they took stock after the Rio 2016 Olympics.

McKeon, Magnussen and Campbell didn't contest the national titles while Olympic champion Chalmers, McEvoy, Madeline Groves and Madison Wilson raced but made themselves unavailable for selection.

Seebohm, 24, said she would embrace every remaining chance to represent her country as she contemplates her future.

However, she could not commit to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - yet.

"I will take each year as it comes," she said.

"The top priority is how I am feeling mentally and physically before I decide whether I am going for 2020.

"I would love to say I will do it but ... I don't know how long my body can keep going at that level."

If anyone needed a post-Rio break, it was Seebohm.

The 10-year veteran of the national team appeared at the career crossroads after bombing in the Rio pool.

She finished second last in the 100m backstroke final and failed to even make the medal race in her other pet event, the 200m backstroke, in Brazil.

However, Seebohm reckoned a holiday may have spelt the end of her career.

"If I had a big break it would have been a lot harder for me to come back," Seebohm said.

"I definitely would have got bogged down by it.

"To keep racing was probably the best thing.

"It's good to have world short course titles there, to have something to aim for."

She kept busy after the Olympics by hitting the World Cup short course circuit.

But Seebohm insisted she had taken time to deal with her Rio disappointment.

"I was really happy with the way I handled Rio," she said.

"It was definitely not what I wanted out of it but I didn't dwell on it.

"It was like 'I had a bad week, that sucked but keep going'."

Selectors could have used discretionary powers to pick Chalmers for Canada after his health scare at the national titles but the 100m freestyle gold medallist opted to make himself unavailable.

A heart condition forced him to pull out of his pet event, the 100m freestyle final, on Thursday night.

Chalmers backed up to finish third in the 200m freestyle but pulled out of Saturday's 50m freestyle heats due to fatigue.

Australia's world titles team will still feature six Rio teammates including dual world backstroke champion Mitch Larkin and London relay gold medallist Brittany Elmslie.

AUSTRALIA'S TEAM FOR WORLD SHORT COURSE TITLES IN WINDSOR, CANADA FROM DECEMBER 6-13:

Men: Tommaso D'Orsogna (Qld), Jack Gerard (Vic), Alexander Graham (Qld), Bobby Hurley (NSW), Mitch Larkin (Qld), Clyde Lewis (Qld), Brayden McCarthy (Qld), David Morgan (Qld), Daniel Smith (Qld), Tommy Sucipto (WA).

Women: Jessica Ashwood (Qld), Minna Atherton (Qld), Carla Buchanan (Qld), Brittany Elmslie (Qld), Jessica Hansen (Vic), Kiah Melverton (Qld), Jemma Schlicht (Qld), Emily Seebohm (Qld), Ariarne Titmus (Qld), Emily Washer (NSW).

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