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2021 Australian Age Wrap Up

15 April 2021

Lulu Macleod and Matilda Smith

The 2021 Australian Age Swimming Championships started with a bang and while the weather was less than ideal for our athletes racing on day 1 and 2, it didn't stop them from producing some cracking swims!

Lucky Patterson swum her way to victory winning both the 100m and 400m Freestyle events on the first two days of the meet with a personal best time in her 100m Freestyle (1:04.07). Fellow F-Teamers Katja Dedekind and Taylor Corry also brought their A game claiming 6 medals between them in just two days! Katja won both her 50m Freestyle (27.71) and 100m Backstroke (1:08.22) while Taylor claimed a gold in her last race of the meet, the 50m Butterfly in a speedy time of 30.45, proving they are all in fine form in the lead up to the trials!

16-year-old Tiana Kritzinger claimed an amazing 6 medals in her individual events - 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. The Nudgee College swimmer claimed gold medals in both the 800m (8:40.26) and 1500m Freestyle (16:36.20) in massive personal best times. She also swam her way to PB times in her 200m Butterfly (2:13.71) where she finished behind Elizabeth Dekkers to claim silver, and in her 400m Freestyle (4:14.35). These 4 swims saw her drop under the qualification time for the 2021 Australian Junior Team selection, proving she is in fine form and one to look out for!

Taylor Corry and Katja Dedekind

Another stand out from the championships was Hobart Aquatic F-Teamer Matilda Smith who won gold and silver in her 200m and 100m Breaststroke events respectively. Her impressive 100m Breaststroke swim of 1:09.98 along with her 200m Breaststroke swim of 2:29.01 were both personal best times, breaking the Tasmanian State record for both Open and 16-year-old girls in both events, saw her drop under the qualification time for the 2021 Australian Junior Team selection in both events, and places her in the Top 10 All-time Australian 16-year-olds for the 200m Breaststroke! An amazing meet for Matilda and a week to remember.

The gold medals didn't stop with 16-year-old Sophie Healy producing a speedy 1:03.32 in her 100m Backstroke, getting her hand on the wall to out touch Madeleine Hardy and Anneke Van Zoggel where only 0.5 separated the three of them. She then finished 4th just moments later racing in the 400m IM in a time of 4:58.66. Sophie topped off an awesome week with a silver medal in the 200m IM (2:16.67) in a time also under the qualification for 2021 Australian Junior Team selection.

Griffith Uni's Lulu Macleod also had a great week of racing. Lulu won bronze in her 400m Freestyle in a quick 4:15.68 and also bronze in her 800m Freestyle (8:43.32) which sees our 4th Funkita F-Teamer drop under the qualification time for the 2021 Australian Junior Team selection! She finished her week with a top 10 finish in her 200m Freestyle and 200m IM, including a personal best time in her 100m Freestyle (57.80) where she was only a second from the podium in a tight finishing field!

15-year-old F-Teamer Mikhaila Flint also had a very commendable week of racing placing 4th in her 100m Butterfly on the last night of racing only missing the podium by 0.01 of a second. She also finished inside the top 10 in Australia in both of her 50m Freestyle (27.07) and her 100m Freestyle (58.91) events, rounding out an incredible week at the Australian Age Championships.

Well done to our F-Teamers and massive congratulations to all who raced! Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages to check out all the action from the Open Nationals

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