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Stef McCarthy Ready to Race at Aussie Age Champs

11 April 2019

Age Nationals
Our Funkita F-Teamers are ready to race at Australian Age Champs.

The 2019 Australian Age Swimming Championships is around the corner and we're excited to see our Funkita F-Teamers get racing! We have 8 athletes competing at the event this year: Jaime Krueger, Lucinda MacLeod and Sophie Healy in the 14 year old age group, Emily White, Stefanie McCarthy and Crystal Edwards in the 15 year old age group as well as Gabi Peiniger in the 16 year old age group.

In the lead up to the event one of our athletes, Stefanie McCarthy, spoke to us about her move to Queensland, what it has been like training at her new club St Peters Western, and what she is most looking forward to at Age Nationals next week. Originally from Tasmania Stefanie McCarthy holds a massive 21 Tasmanian age records over both long and short course distances. Having already made a name for herself, Stefanie is looking to take her racing to the next level with her new club.

Age Nationals
Funkita athlete Stefanie McCarthy holds a massive 21 Tasmanian state age records. Photo: @alishalouisephotography Makeup: @jodiebullmua

1. When and why did you move to Queensland?

I moved to Queensland at the end of last year after spending some time at St Peters Western during the school holidays in June where I really enjoyed the training and the club environment. Everyone was really friendly and welcoming and I found the training challenging and fun. My family moved to Queensland to give both my sister and me more opportunities in terms of our education and sport and so far it has worked out really well.

2. How has training at St Peters Western compared to training at your old club in Tasmania?

I have found training at St Peters Western to be quite different to my previous club. For a start, I now train in an outdoor pool and it is a lot warmer in Brisbane compared to Hobart! I have been sunburnt quite a few times, even though I have been careful to put sunscreen on. In terms of the actual training, morning sessions start earlier and the sessions are longer. St Peters Western is a much larger club so it is a lot more competitive during training which makes you push yourself. We also have more coaches on pool deck to help with your technique, as well as strength and conditioning coaches in the gym. The other major difference is that St Peters Western has swimmers that compete at the highest level and so you get to see how hard they work all of the time to achieve their goals. They are fantastic role models.

3. Are you feeling prepared for Age Nationals next week? Has your new club helped you prepare well?

My coaches have given me the best preparation they could under the circumstances. I had surgery at the end of September last year for hip dysplasia and so I have been out of the pool and in rehab a lot over the past six months. The coaches at St Peters Western adapted their training regime for me so I could keep training until I got the all clear from my surgeon in January. Since then I have trained harder than ever before so I am getting excited about Age Nationals next week.

4. Which event are you most looking forward to racing in?

I love racing and I am really looking forward to Age Nationals. I have entered five races this year and I am most looking forward to the 50m Freestyle to see what time I can do this year after surgery. I am looking forward to giving it my best in all my races and try and meet all my goals. It is a very exciting time!

5. Are you looking forward to seeing some of your old teammates at Age Nationals?

Definitely! I can't wait to catch up with some of my friends from my old club and I am also really looking forward to seeing my friends from other states. That is one of the great things about swimming, you get to meet people from all over Australia. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again.

We're excited to see the impact of Stefanie's new training program as she takes on the nation's best next week! Check out our F-Teamers' full schedules below:

14 year olds    
Jaime Krueger  Lucinda MacLeod  Sophie Healy 
Fairymead   Griffith Uni Norwood 
 

-          50m Freestyle

-          100m Backstroke

-          100m Butterfly

-          100m Freestyle

-          200m Butterfly

-          200m Freestyle

-          400m Freestyle

-          50m Freestyle

-          100m Backstroke

-          100m Freestyle

-          200m Backstroke

-          200m Freestyle

-          400m Freestyle

 

-          50m Freestyle

-          100m Backstroke

-          100m Freestyle

-          200m Backstroke

-          200m Freestyle

-          400m Freestyle

15 year olds     
Crystal Edwards  Emily White  Stefanie McCarthy 
UWA West Coast  Norwood  St Peters Western 

-          50m Freestyle

-          100m Breaststroke

-          100m Butterfly

-          100m Freestyle

-          200m Breaststroke

-          200m Freestyle

-          200m Individual Medley 

-          200m Butterfly

-          200m Freestyle

-          200m Individual Medley

-          400m Freestyle

-          15/16 800m Freestyle

-          15/16 1500m Freestyle

 

-          50m Freestyle

-          100m Butterfly

-          100m Freestyle

-          200m Freestyle

-          200m Individual Medley

 
16 year olds     
Gabriella Peiniger Shikira-Lee Matheson   
MLC Aquatic  St Peters Western   

-          50m Freestyle

-          100m Backstroke

-          100m Butterfly

-          100m Freestyle

-          200m Backstroke

-          200m Freestyle

-          200m Individual Medley 

-          50m Freestyle

-          100m Backstroke

-          100m Breaststroke

-          100m Butterfly

-          100m Freestyle

-          200m Breaststroke

-          200m Freestyle

-          200m Individual Medley 

 

 

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