Age Nationals in Adelaide welcomed our Abbotsleigh team on the 11th of April to the 19th of April.
Audrey Jackson, Claudia Liu and Leisel Tan were for the first time swimming at a National competition, they were ready, committed and looking forward to fly down to Adelaide and represent our colours in the best way possible.
Jasmin Foster and Jensen Goodchild having their second national experience showed their composure and were able to not only perform in their events but also use their experience to guide and share their knowledge with our newcomers.
Jensen Goodchild open up the meet for the Abbotsleigh team with the 200IM event, where amongst 67 swimmers he placed 28th with a great PB. A couple of days later It was Jazzy’s and Leisel’s turn to shine in the 50Fs, both of the girls showed resilience and fire when they got on the blocks and both of them open their National campaign with an amazing swim. Unfortunately Audrey Jackson could not fly to the meet due to Covid-19 restrictions but she is looking forward for next year.
After all the freestyle it was time for Leisel Tan to get herself into backstroke mode and bring and challenge herself across an amazing level of swimmers. Leisel applied herself and had the opportunity to make her first National final. Upholding our values, Leisel was prepared to swim her heat in the morning and back it up to swim the final at night getting an amazing result of 7th overall. Towards the end of the meet Claudia Liu joined the team for her 50Bs, where she jumped on the blocks committed to do well and believing in her stroke and with a PB she was able to get an amazing 28th place out 42 swimmers.
This was a great experience for everyone and all swimmers and coaches got a range of knowledge and learnings that they will not only apply at training but will also have the opportunity to share it with their teammates.