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Nationals Gone Virtual - Wrap Up

3 December 2020

Holly Barratt

National Short Course Championships has officially, or should we say virtually, come to an end, also concluding our Australia wide swimming competitions for the year of 2020. Whilst the swimmers could only bring the heat to their individual states, performances across the board were, fast, world class and record breaking. Not only did our sponsored Funkita athletes take the competition to "Funky Town" as we call it, but they "virtually" broke personal bests, National Records and World Records in the process.

Para Swimmer Katja Dedekind made her name known at the Queensland site of racing, where she single-handedly destroyed her PB's in all six events and achieved 5 National golds with only one silver medal. And, if this wasn't already an incredible feat for Dedekind, the USC Spartan swimmer also claimed and broke 4 new World Records in the 50m and 100m Backstroke, 400m Freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley along the way. Whilst Katja is certainly deserving of a bit of a break from the pool she notes that "She's back at training [the next morning after the event] in preparation for the Queensland Championships in December."

Katja & Taylor

Maintaining the successful streak of our fast and funky para swimmers, Taylor Corry took to the podium left right and centre across her events, where she came home with bronze for the 200m Freestyle and 200m IM, silvers for the 50m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and finally a gold and national title in the 50m Butterfly. Corry collects the full set over the meet!

Over in WA, Australian Dolphin Holly Barratt battled it out for our F-Teamers in the 100m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly, where she touched just behind Emma McKeon for a silver medal swim. Sophie Caldwell (VIC) also had an awesome virtual meet where she placed fourth for the 400m IM, just behind WA F-Teamer Blair Evans who finished up in 3rd. But it was NSW F-Teamer Meg Bailey, fresh off of a camp in Ballina and ready to race, who grabbed gold in the event - 3 F-Teamers in the top 4 for the 400m IM!

Blair Evans

The 200m Backstroke proved to be a strong event for our Victorian F-Teamers with Olivia Lefoe, Sophie Caldwell and Ashley Weill finishing 4th, 5th and 6th respectively and were privileged to be virtually beaten by new world record holder for the event, former F-Team Kaylee McKeown. Breaststroker Tessa Wallace commented that the event was definitely a bit different since there was barely anyone there, making it harder for some swimmers to get pumped up but, given the circumstances, she was happy with her times and her 4th place finish in the 100m event.

Meg Bailey

What an outstanding Australian-first virtual meet it was for our F-Teamers across the board, where despite the unusual conditions of racing, they, as always, delivered the fastest and funkiest swims of the competition. A massive congratulations to all who swam and keep your eyes peeled for blogs on the up-and-coming state championship meets over December!

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