The 24-year-old Simpson resumed swimming last year, with a plan to make Australia’s team for the Paris Olympics in 2024. He had two personal best swims at the Adelaide trials, in the 100 butterfly and the 100 freestyle. “The cool thing about my swimming is I don’t even know what my best event is yet,” he said. “I just chose the 100 ’fly because it was all I had time to race and prepare for this year.”
Although Simpson’s name was missing from the 35-person team named for Tokyo at the end of the trial’s final night Thursday, there were plenty of names with gold medal credentials to compete in Japan next month. Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell joined Leisel Jones as the only Australian swimmers to make four Olympics, with the team also including three athletes named to their third Olympics, nine to their second and 21 to their first team.
In an Instagram post Simpson lauded his amazing experience at his first Olympic trials and included a vow that he will be back for the next games, writing, "To make a final was our goal this year and with less than a year of training we did just that. I’ve come so much further than I expected to this year and to be racing the best in the country already is a privilege... I’m so psyched to get back to training. See you in 3 years."