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Bailey Back on the F-Team!

28 November 2018

Meg Bailey
Meg Bailey is diving back into the Funkita F-Team.

Commonwealth Games Swimmer Meg Bailey left Australia in 2014 for the opportunity of a lifetime, studying and training at Ohio State University. Four years on Meg is finishing up her Physical Education degree and getting ready to come back to Australia, but not before competing at one last USA Swimming Winter Nationals.

With her college days behind her Meg was able to join the F-Team after a break from sponsorship while studying. Signing with Funkita is another homecoming for Meg given she was previously sponsored by Funkita before moving to Ohio. While getting prepped for Winter Nationals she found time to chat to Funkita about her experience in the US and her goals for the future.

Meg Bailey
After a long time in the US Meg is excited to come back home to Australia and Funkita.

1. What events will you be competing in at USA Swimming Winter Nationals and what goals have you set for yourself at this meet?

I will be swimming in the 200m IM, 400m IM and 200m Butterfly. This is my first competition since the Commonwealth Games so the goal is to just get in and race and see where I am at.

2. What have you enjoyed most about training in the US?

The great thing about training in the US is definitely my teammates. They are so supportive and we do a great job of bringing the best out in one another, especially during training.

3. Tell us about what a typical week of training at Ohio State University looks like.

A typical week is 10 water workouts plus 3 dryland sessions. On top of all of that you need to fit in time to study. It does get very busy but the athletics department does a great job supporting athletes.

4. What was it like being a student-athlete at a US university?

It is great. It's probably one of the best decisions I have made because I am never going to get another opportunity to do something like this. Training at Ohio has also been a major catalyst for my swimming improvements.

5. How do US college meets differ from Australian meets?

They are very different. Typically we race a dual meet, which is just racing against another college team every Friday or Saturday. We do this throughout our season, building up to our conference meet at the end of the year and if you qualify you can then race at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships. The NCAA Championships is the highest competition you can compete in for collegiate athletes and it's what all collegiate athletes strive to make. Another major difference is that colligate races are swum in 25 yards (22.86m), or short course yards, which took some time to adjust to.

6. What stands out as being different between swimming in the US and swimming in Australia?

The number of competitors in the US is far greater than in Australia. Another difference is that US swimmers compete for their college or high school while in Australia swimming is a much more club based sport.

7. You achieved the All American status earlier this year, how did you earn this title and what does this achievement mean to you?

You are named an All-American if you place in the top 8 at the NCAA Championships. This was a goal I wanted to achieve since coming to America and I was very happy to see all my hard work pay off to reach that goal.

8. You competed on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games in April, what was that experience like for you?

It was absolutely unreal. It was great to finally make the Australian team and to compete in my home country made it even more special.

9. Are you hoping to qualify for more Australian swim teams in the future? If so, what are you doing to work towards that goal?

Absolutely. The main goal at this stage is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I am training hard and doing everything I can to work towards achieving this goal.

10. You were sponsored by Funkita before moving to the US. Are you excited to be back on the F-Team?

I am stoked to be back and to be a part of the F-Team again! I am a huge fan of all the products and have always recommended them.

11. There have been a number of new Funkita styles that have been released since you were last sponsored by us. Is there one that you're particularly excited to try?

Yes, there have been some great new styles but I'm really excited to try the new APEX Predator racing suit. It looks terrific and I can't wait to wear it at Winter Nationals this week.

12. What is the thing you miss most about living in Australia?

The beaches for sure. I really can't take these snowy winters for too much longer!

Meg Bailey is taking over the Funkita Instagram stories on November 29 so be sure to check it out to get a behind-the-scenes look at the USA Winter Nationals.

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