Cody Simpson’s dream of representing Australia has come true.

The pop star turned swimmer dived into the Birmingham pool at the Commonwealth Games on Friday night and did exactly what he needed to.

Swimming in the 50m butterfly as a late replacement, Simpson has moved through to the semi-finals on Saturday morning (AEST).

Aussie star Kyle Chalmers moved through as the quickest swimmer after winning Heat 7.

Matt Temple also moved through as the fifth quickest qualifier. Simpson was 10th and was just 0.05 seconds outside his personal best time.

“It’s pretty wild,” he said on Channel 7.

“You dream about it, to hopefully get here and repping the country.

“It’s special to be here. It’s the fire that never left, never went out. An itch I had to scratch. 2024 will be a bonus.

“I’m here to try to get as much experience as I can. I was pretty relieved when they told me I could swim the 50… it’s a good way to get a feel for the pool.”

Chalmers swam a personal best time of 23.45 in the splash and dash.

His performance headlined a huge morning for Australia at the Sandwell Aquatic Centre.

Australia absolutely dominated the heats of the 200m freestyle with Aussie swimmers heading into Saturday morning’s final as the three quickest qualifiers.

Ariarne Titmus is the woman to catch after winning Heat 4 with a time of 1:55.68.

Mollie O’Callaghan was the second quickest and Madison Wilson was the third quickest.

Superstar Emma McKeon also blew the field away in the women’s 100m butterfly heats and was the quickest qualifier for the semi-finals on Saturday morning. Brianna Throssell was the third-fastest.

In the first event of the meet, Australia had three swimmers progress to the final of the men’s 400m freestyle. There is a very real chance Australia could sweep all three medals in the event, however, Northern Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen qualified fastest.

Mack Horton finished second in Heat 2 with a time of 3:47.54 and progresses as the second-quickest for the final.

Olympic champion Elijah Winnington won Heat 3 with the third quickest time of the heats. Sam Short was the fourth quickest. The final will run on Saturday morning (AEST).

Kiah Melverton was the second-quickest qualifier in the women’s 400m individual medley, with Canadian teen freak Summer McIntosh finishing five seconds clear of the rest of the field.

Meanwhile, Simpson is far from done in the pool.

The 25-year-old’s journey from music artist to swimming star has captivated Australia this year since he qualified for the Commonwealth Games at the Australian Swimming Championships in May.

After sneaking into the Dolphins’ team as the third-fastest swimmer in the 100m butterfly — his pet event — Simpson was expected to be a minor footnote in the gold rush the Aussie team is expected to deliver at the Commonwealth Games.

However, he is now facing the possibility of competing in four events and chasing four medals in the Sandwell Aquatic Centre pool.

Simpson’s program has suddenly exploded.

He was promoted to a spot in the 50m butterfly after teen sensation Isaac Cooper was axed for the Commonwealth Games as a result of wellbeing challenges, “including the use of medication”. Simpson was the fourth quickest swimmer at the national championships behind Kyle Chalmers, William Yang and Cooper.

It is in the relays that Simpson has his best chances of winning a medal.

The Daily Telegraph reports there has been a series of late entries in the men’s and mixed team relays, forcing the Commonwealth Games to expand the relays program to include heats that will allow more nations to compete.

It means Simpson is suddenly a very real option to swim the butterfly leg in the 4x100m men’s medley relay heats. He was the third fastest in the event at the national championships, but national champion Matt Temple and Chalmers are expected to be rested from the heats before swimming in the final.

Simpson is also being considered for a spot on the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay as a heats swimmer. He was the eighth quickest swimmer in the event at the national championships.

Simpson would receive any medal won by the Aussie relay teams in Birmingham even if he is dropped for the finals.

Australian head coach Rohan Taylor has indicated he wants to pick separate line-ups for the heats and finals in the relays in order to keep his athletes fresh.

His comments will be sweet music to Simpson’s ears.

“The medley relays will be picked on form so it goes down to where he finishes. We will have a heats team and a finals team so there’s an opportunity there for sure,” Taylor said, according to The Daily Telegraph.

“Cody has a really generous, humble personality, always smiling, always encouraging and supporting.

“He’s been fantastic, he’s fitted right in no problems. It’s been really enjoyable having him.”

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