Swim star McKeon to miss Comm Games trials

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Emma McKeon is among a batch of Olympic medallists skipping next week's swimming trials for the Commonwealth Games.

McKeon and fellow Olympic medallists Emily Seebohm and Jack McLoughlin will miss selection trials for the Birmingham Games starting on July 28.

The trio are exercising their rights under a fresh Swimming Australia edict allowing Olympic medallists to not trial yet still be assured of Commonwealth Games selection.

Cate Campbell, who is travelling overseas, and her sister Bronte, taking time away from the sport, are other Olympic swim medallists from last year's Tokyo Games who won't contest the trials in Adelaide.

McKeon claimed four gold among seven medals at last year's Olympics when McLoughlin won a 400m freestyle silver in Tokyo and Seebohm won 4x100m medley relay gold and 200m backstroke bronze.

Australia's 100m freestyler Kyle Chalmers, who won Olympic gold in 2016 and silver in Tokyo, won't race his pet freestyle events at the trials, swimming only butterfly events after having post-Olympic shoulder surgery.

But Tokyo's triple gold medallist Kaylee McKeown will race in Adelaide amid expectations she will step into the spotlight temporarily vacated by her esteemed teammate McKeon.

Gian Rooney, who will commentate for Prime Video who will exclusively stream the trials, predicts McKeown's star will continue to burn bright as she adds the individual medley to her Birmingham program.

"Kaylee tookl a big break after Tokyo, moved coaches, moved to the Gold Coast from the Sunshine Coast," Rooney told AAP on Thursday.

"And she surprised not only herself but everyone with her first meet back ... swimming a faster 200m backstroke - not 50 or 100, but 200 which for my money is one of the hardest events on the program - than what she swam in Tokyo.

"She is adding the IM to her program for the Commonwealth Games and she could be a bit like Emma McKeon was in Tokyo, she could have a huge program come Birmingham and sweep the pool."

Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Ariarne Titmus won't swim the 800m freestyle in Adelaide but is entering the 100m free with a view of forcing her way into Australia's world-leading freestyle relay team in the absence of the Campbell sisters.

Shayna Jack, after serving a two-year doping suspension, will race freestyle over 50m and 100m as she bids to make her first international team since being a late withdrawal from the 2019 world championships.

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