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F-Teamers dive in at Vic LC Champs

20 February 2020

Ash Weill
Northcote Swimmer Ash Weill in the Pop Tropo Diamond Back One Piece

Last weekend saw top swimmers from around the country hit the water at the Victorian Open Long Course Championships held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre across three days. We managed to catch up with three of our F-Teamers to find out how they felt about their preparation and to hear what lessons they took away from the weekend. Ashley Weill, Sophie Caldwell and Gabi Peiniger all battled it out in a bid to improve their times and get into the zone for a busy few months of racing ahead.

Sophie and Ash
Ash and Sophie take some time out of training to hit the beach in their Funkitas

Sophie Caldwell

Club:

Nunawading Swimming Club

How was your training in the lead up to State Opens?

We are in the middle of a heavy training block with the next two weeks increasing up to 10 sessions per week. I have been training hard recently and putting extra work before the championships.

How did you feel racing this weekend?

I was really happy with my racing this weekend, as I felt my races were consistent with lots of positive aspects to keep working towards.

What is your focus for the next few months?

My main focus will definitely be on Olympic Trials; which will be a tough lead up training wise.

How do you prep before a big race?

I usually arrive 2 hours before a race and undertake some dry land training an hour and a half before I arrive. I put my suit on about an hour before warm up and then I?m ready to go! I always have some upbeat music pumping to get into the racing mood.

Favourite Funkitas?

The Single Strap One Piece in Flying High

Favourite Race to Date?

The 400IM at the 2018 Australian Age Championships

Sophie took home gold in the 1500m Free last weekend with an impressive time of 16:54.28, as well as finishing 3rd in the 400IM and 3rd in the 200IM.

Gabi Peiniger
Gabi Peiniger is currently studying year 12 amidst her intense training

Gabriella Peiniger

Club:

MLC Aquatic

How was your training in the lead up to State Opens?

After a break over Christmas, and a dash of the flu, I started the year in full swing to get back into intense training in January. I have been swimming 9 sessions per week and 3 gym sessions, so it was a pretty tough lead up to the champs.

How did you feel racing this weekend?

I only had a short two day taper for the meet and swam a little off my PB times, however I felt it was still a great meet to practice my skills and technique during racing.

What is your focus for the next few months?

Training will be tough in the lead up to both Nationals and Olympic trials in order to build an aerobic stamina and speed base, but I am excited to get into training mode.

How do you prep before a big race?

Usually I arrive at the pool around 2 hours before my race. I begin with some dry land training consisting of skipping and running in order to spike my heart rate to about 160bpm. After that I do a simple warm up an hour before the race begins. I also listen to upbeat music with songs like Purple Hat and Heartless.

Favourite Funkitas?

Definitely the Sweet Skulls Twisted One Piece and the Jiggy Saw Cut Away One Piece

Favourite Race to Date?

The 100 Fly and 200IM at the 2019 Australian Age Long Course Championships

Ash Weill
Ash wears the Unchain My Heart Diamond Back One Piece

Ashley Weill

Club:

Northcote Swimming Club

How was your training in the lead up to State Opens?

Training in the lead up to open states was similar to how I normally train. In the lead up to events, the training gets tough but I enjoy the grind.

How did you feel racing this weekend?

I was excited throughout the whole weekend. I love racing because it gives me a good indication of where I?m at, at this point in the season and highlights what I need to work on. It?s been a tough challenge trying to get back into training full time after cutting it down to complete VCE last year.

What is your focus for the next few months?

Now that I have more time to rest and recover between training sessions, I have been able to train even harder and for longer which has definitely been tough but gets me excited to see how I go at nationals and trials.

How do you prep before a big race?

I like to arrive at the pool early with plenty of time to spare. I go through the same warm up and arm swing routine behind the blocks to get ready to race, and have a pump-up song like Kanye West - Stronger to hype me up.

Favourite Funkitas?

Definitely the Strapped In One Piece with the tan lines to prove it!

Favourite Race to Date?

The 100 Backstroke at 2018 Age Nationals. It was my first national final and first ever national medal, hence one I could never forget!

Ash had a great weekend finishing 3rd place in the 200 Back with a time of 2:15.82 and 5th place in the 50 Back with a time of 30.04

We wish all our F-Teamers the best preparation in the coming months and good luck for the up and coming Nationals and Olympic Trials. To keep up to date with our F-Teamers, follow us on our social media pages below:

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