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Records tumble at Aussie SC Champs

28 October 2019

Gabriella Peiniger
Gabi has successfully balanced an intense training load with studying for her exams

Seventeen year old F-Teamer Gabriella Peiniger of MLC Aquatics continued her impressive rise up the ranks of Australian swimming with standout performances at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Short Course Champs in Melbourne this weekend.

Back in September, Gabi made headlines at the 2019 Victoria Open Short Course Championships when she took out the 200m IM 17-year-old age group record of 2:08.09 that had been held by Olympic medallist Emily Seebohm since 2009, swimming an impressive 2:06.52. On Saturday night, in the final of the 200m IM, Gabi had the swim of her life, shaving 0.16 off her PB to win gold in a time of 2:06.36. This time sets a new 17-year-old age group record and also places her #6 in all-time Australian performances in the 200m IM. Gabi also dominated earlier in the meet winning gold in the 100m Butterfly, silver in the 200m Freestyle and bronze in the 100m Freestyle.

Time Swimmer Club Date Location
2:05.63 Alicia Coutts Redlands November 2013 Tokyo
2:05.46 Emily Seebohm Brisbane Grammar November 2017 Singapore
2:07.26 Ellen Fullerton Chandler November 2015 Sydney
2:07.45 Abbey Harkin St Peters Western December 2018 Hangzhou
2:07.76 Kotuku Ngawati Melbourne Vicentre July 2010 Brisbane
2:06.36 Gabriella Peiniger MLC Aquatic  October 2019 Melbourne

The meet topped off a busy year for Gabi who joined fellow F-Teamer Emily White in Budapest, Hungary in August for the World Junior Championships. While the racing in Hungary didn't go as she had planned, she used her first international meet as learning experience, which obviously paid off given her remarkable results in Melbourne this weekend.

Tessa Wallace and Meg Bailey

Having recently relocated to Hunter, NSW after swimming for Ohio State University in the US, Meg Bailey swam her way to a gold in the 100m IM, 400m IM and silver in the 200m Fly. Breaststroker Tessa Wallace put her APEX Predator performance suit through its paces winning silver the 100m Breaststroke and bronze in the 200m Breaststroke. The 200m IM final saw the perfect F-Team trifecta with Gabi winning gold, Meg securing silver and Tessa stepping up to the podium for bronze in this hotly contested event.

Taylor Corry

Nelson Bay's 24-year-old intellectually impaired (S14 class) swim star, Taylor Corry, is no stranger to the top of the podium having won numerous gold medals on both the national and international stage. The Paralympian continued to impress in Melbourne winning gold in the 50m Fly, 100m Fly, 200m IM and the 50m Backstroke. To top off an already impressive meet, Taylor also set a new World Record in the 100m Fly S14, her main event.

In total our Funkita F-Teamers went home with 21 medals.

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