Preparing for the nationals
TEGAN Warrener has put her swimming on the backburner a bit this year as she focuses on Year 12 at The Scots PGC College.
But she has still spent enough time in the pool at WIRAC to nominate for seven events at the national championships at Chandler starting tomorrow.
A state and national record-breaker, Warrener is in her eighth year of national championships since first debuting for Queensland in Year 5.
“My form is average as Year 12 is so important,” Warrener said.
Next year, she is contemplating a gap year from university to focus on swimming.
At the nationals, she is competing in the 50 metres freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly as well as five relays.
She is in freestyle and medley age groups and open relays as well as a 10 by 100m mixed relay which involves five girls and five boys from each state.
St Mary’s student Dimity Brackin was third in the 50m butterfly at the state championships and is aiming for a personal best in the same event at the nationals in the 12 years age group.
After winning state gold medals at club and school level this year, Warwick West State School student Abbey Pout is seeking her first national medal.
She was ninth last year at the nationals in Perth.
A breaststroke star, she will compete in the breaststroke in her age group and the medley relay.
Goondiwindi State School student Chloe Lowe has been travelling to Warwick twice a week for the past month to train at WIRAC in preparation for the nationals.
She will compete in the 12 years 50m freestyle and two relays.
Lowe was fourth in the state championships with a personal best of 29.32 seconds in 50m freestyle and is aiming to swim high 28s at Chandler in the next week.